Because I love to remember. Even when it’s late.
Today you are 25 months! We are at Easter Seals Family Camp (Merrywood). August 20, 2014.
I’m going to keep writing you notes every month until you are 3 because every month you change and grow so much. And I love taking the time to just sit down and go through all of the adventures we had over the past month as well as to just savour those moments and look at your beautiful face. Full of adventure and inquisitiveness. Curiousity. Compassion. Love.
The zoo! After you turned 2 we went to the Toronto Zoo with Grandma. You met an Alpaca. Your favorite part of the zoo was the splash pad (Sebastian’s too) and the kids zoo area. You liked the pandas too. You liked being with Sebastian and wanted to walk next to him instead of riding in your stroller. You wanted to run ahead too and explore. It was a hot day and you were both asleep within 5 minutes of leaving.
Two year check-up. You sat still for the check-up parts, like a very grown up little girl. But the rest of the time you played with the curtain, pulling it back and forth. I’m not sure the resident knew what to do with you! You liked learning about your heartbeat and the stethoscope. When the doctor came in she was very happy with your growth. It must be amazing to delivery babies and see them grow.
‘My Brother’. When Sebastian is upset you get very concerned and say ‘my brother’. You want to help him feel better and go near him to help. You love playing with him and I know you will miss his companionship when he does back to school. You don’t think about helping him, you just do. You make him laugh and he makes you feel loved and important. You sometimes call him Sebastian but mostly it’s still Abees.
Baking and chocolate chips. You love baking and your favorite part is eating the chocolate chips. You get very impatient for the tasting of the batter and licking the beaters which I equate as a rite of passage in childhood so I understand fully why it’s your favorite part.
Biker girl. You like to tinker with daddy’s bike and Sebastian’s wheelchair. You ‘fill up’ the air in his tires and push the pedals in daddy’s bike, watching the wheel go found and round (it hangs on a hook off the ground). Sometimes you try to fill up the air in your tires too, even though they don’t work that way.
Popsicles and pizza! Sharing popsicles with Sebastian and making pizza with daddy. What more is there to say? You share every Popsicle with Sebastian. It’s a part of the process. And when we bake, we wear our baking hats!
Being silly. This evening after dinner you decided to wash your tea set. Then you decided the bowl for washing was much better on your head. And then suddenly it was a hat for riding your bike. You danced around in the late afternoon sun. And we laughed with you and your great big imagination.
Climbing. You love to climb on and up everything and are getting very good at it. You balance on any raised path you find and do ‘high jumps’ off of it. Declaring each one.
Swim goggles and bee stings. You got your first bee sting! Right in the tip of your nose. You cried a bit and then were very brave. I love how you aren’t afraid of bees despite this experience. We have a lot of them around our garden and you’ve learned to say ‘shoo bee’ but not to swat at them. You certainly take cover with me sometimes too. And I’m glad. I don’t want you to get any more bee stings.
You also got goggles for swim class. Pink of course. You wear them but they full up with water because they aren’t tight enough. Or you wear them on top of your head. When you slide down the slide and splash me, filling my eyes with water you let me know I should be wearing your goggles instead.
The very hungry caterpillar. You found this fat, green caterpillar on the shell of the Chariot after dinner one day. And you were fascinated. So were Sebastian and I. It was a beauty. We took a lot of photos and every day for a week you checked that wheel for the caterpillar. But he had gone somewhere else to live.
Splash pads with Abees. You are simply the best sister ever. You love to join your friends in the fun but you make sure to check back with your brother too. We had a fun weekend with our good friends the ‘Divodos’ which included splashing around the water, climbing in the park, lots of good food with a trip to the beach and Ripleys Aquarium. I think your favorite part of that was not all the big fish behind the glass but the moving floor and the climbing structure at the end. Oh to be two.
The beach. You love going to the beach. It’s one of your favourite places to adventure to, after the park of course.
First time on the subway. You loved riding on the train. Sitting in your own seat. And being near your friends, the ‘Divodos’. After they left you woke the next morning and headed down to the basement to say good morning. It took you a couple days to realize they weren’t sleeping downstairs anymore.
Eating like such a big girl.
Archery. Sailing with daddy. We are having lot of fun at Easter Seals Family Camp. You are so adventurous and friendly. You are making new friends with the counselors and also a little girl a year older than you. You are nearly inseparable. I love how you look for her brother when you look for her too. Her brother also has a wheelchair like your brother. You are a good friend.
Every day is an adventure with you Lula Lu. and you tell us exactly what you want when you want it. And we so love that about you.