Navy’s 2 years old and while it sometimes seems like I just had her yesterday, it also has felt like 2 years ago. So much has happened since Sept 11, 2018. We’ve built a house AND got pregnant with baby #2. I am over the moon excited for Navy to be a big sister and to meet her best friend.
I wanted to do a little recap of past year as well as share some of the gifts she got for her 2nd birthday. Since we are personally self quarantined (thank you Covid) we aren’t having a birthday party. With that said, I still wanted to make this birthday one for the books. One Navy will remember. Trust me, her memory is impeccable…she’ll remember.
Last year we had a big family birthday party with the idea that this year we’d do a blow out for her at the new house. Sadly, that couldn’t happen. The good news is we are in the new house creating lots of new memories. Navy loves it here. Navy’s 2 year old birthday will just be the three of us and that’s fitting…since baby sister will be here any day now. She loves “going outside” and playing in the yard with her dolls and balls. Heat? What heat? She’s an explorer and in her element outdoors. Navy’s 2 now but we are building a lifetime of memories here.
Navy was breastfeed until 18 months. I/we could have gone on forever but I was pregnant and felt it was time to wean off, as my belly started to expand. I personally feel breastfeeding played a huge role in her not getting sick. Once I stopped, she oddly caught the flu. Could be a coincidence but I do know that there’s major value in breastfeeding. You can read more about that journey with Navy in this post.
This girl loves to eat. She wants to “try” everything! Most of the time she eats everything on her plate. I let her sit on the counter from time to time but mostly we sit at the dining together as a family.
Navy has also been talking since before 12 months. I went back to watch some of my Instagram stories the other day and couldn’t believe the words she was saying at such a young age. Now we have full on conversations. Yes, I am bragging because I’ve learned through you all how amazing this is. I really am not around a lot of kids (more thanks to Covid) to compare Navy to when it comes to her speech. You all have really educated me and sent me some great articles to read. Thank you!
We don’t do a lot of TV. In fact, I’d just say we don’t. There have been times when I’ve turned on Sesame Street or Mary Poppins but I can count those times on two hands. I want her to learn the value in being creative on her own. TV is a privilege and not a babysitter. This is my personal journey with my family. I get that it’s not for everyone but it works for us.
It’s extremely important for me to have children that know how to sit at the table and have conversations with others. You don’t see me filming our dinners because we don’t have phones at the table. Not to say that will never happen but you get my point. Dinner is family time.
She was also walking by 12 months. I have to say, that was a bit hard for me because I was always freaking out about her hitting her head or busting her face when practicing. Now that we are past that scary stage, I just freak out because she’s running and just the right height of our dining table! Apparently, this freaking out stuff never ends for mamas!
This girl of mine is FUNNY
Navy is super funny! She knows what makes me laugh and gets such a kick out of doing it too. The other day we were outside (she was with Aaron in the back of his SUV) and I told her something (what to do or not to do, I can’t remember now) but she peaked her head around the corner and knowing exactly what I said, she asked me, “What did you say mommy?” I almost peed myself from laughing so hard. Of course that prompted her to keep repeating the question. I wish that moment I had captured bc she was laughing at herself….knowing she was being a little stinker. These are the things she does all the times. Aaron and I will laugh at something between the two of us. She’ll start laughing too, having no idea what we are talking about. These moments I cherish. Navy’s 2 going on 13 sometimes with her wit.
Navy Loves Jesus!
Navy also LOVES Jesus and loves to pray. This should have been the first thing I listed. She always says at the table, “let’s pray together.” If she gets a booboo she will say, “Jesus make it better.” Give her any Bible story book and she will read it. It’s heartbreaking to not have her in Sunday School classes but soon! Good news is, she’s getting full on Jesus in our house. I couldn’t ask for more.
In a nutshell, this has been the best two years of my life. God’s timing is always perfect. However, sometimes I wish I would have had her and Aaron earlier in life to have more time with them. I really am blessed and love this life Aaron and I have built together.
What a precious joy Navy has been. She’s so happy, full of joy…while she is a tough cookie, she’s sensitive and sweet. From day one Navy has known what she wants. She won’t be bullied in school, that’s for sure. It’s a pleasure being her mommy. I can’t wait to see what God holds in her future.
Happy birthday my love. I Love you Navy Lee (Lee Lee).
For her birthday
Here are some top toys that also got us through this year.