definition of 2

photos courtesy of jim dietz photography

call her what you may (but it better be nice), she is the picture of a 2 year old.
i have never known a 2 year old to be so….well, 2.
i’m serious.
she is the cuddliest kid. she snuggles and lays with you for “hours” and wants you to hold her all the time.
okay, so probably not you. if she doesn’t know you and maya hasn’t cleared you, she won’t come near you unless i pry her little fingers from my shoulder and hand her on over. if she has to, she will, but she won’t go willingly.
moving on…
when i pick her up from sunday school and she comes with me to pick up maya, she RUNS to maya’s class and before she is at the door yells, “MAYA!” as loudly as she can. all you can see over the top of the 1/2 door is her eyes and the top of her nose.
she is so short.
maya is a good 8 inches taller than her and they aren’t even 2 years apart. dane is closer to her height than maya.
she loves to read and when she’s tired, she will go to bed so willingly.
she knows her letters and loves to learn.
she loves to color and play with stickers and get into all my scrapbooking stuff and pretty much destroy any order i have assembled there (or in life in general)
then, the swtich will flip.
if i speak to her with even a hint of disapproval in my voice, wailing and screaming and temper tantrums ensue.
and it doesn’t really stop until you ignore it.
this is pleasant.
she is potty training and unless she thinks of it herself (which isn’t very frequently yet), you can expect a struggle to happen on the potty. or to the potty. or about the potty.
we try not to make a big deal about having accidents, but she doesn’t like them very much.
so i have started using the love and logic techniques on her potty training.
going potty is not an option, but how she goes is.
“brin, do you want to go potty by yourself or do you want me to help?’
“i don’t want to go potty.”
“i asked you if you want to go by yourself or if you want me to help.”
“i’ll do it mySELF.” (i am so grateful for learning this technique)
is that not a 2 year old?

i thank God every day that she is in our family. she brings so much life to our home.
she brings so much joy and excitement. and she brings so many stretching moments as well.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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5 Responses to definition of 2

  1. Jenny Aust says:

    She is SOOOO two! But we love her! What a great post Gianna!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I recall (very vividly) that Brin's dad added noise and commotion to our family, which was good for us. 🙂

  3. Beautiful pictures! my youngest just turned 2, but has been acting 2 for months now. I so relate to this post.

    Love that love and logic approach!!

  4. shawna b says:

    briny is the cutest girl ever.

  5. Arletta Rue says:

    love how you wrote this and how you 'explained' 2!!! loved the pictures.. loved that smile.. loved that you can just see '2' in her eyes…

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