Dear Audrey (22 Months)

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Dear Audrey,

22 months old. Did you know that Daddy’s lucky number is 22? You probably did, because these days you two are BESTIES. You laugh together, play together, torment mommy with tickles together…

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And as 20 and 21 months teased us with your personality, 22 months has become full on Audrey. You are clever, funny, silly, feisty (whoa, the tantrums, girl) and even on the most challenging days, the absolute light of my life.

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I remember watching you develop so quickly and sharply in the beginning of your life. One day you were on your back, the next day on your tummy. Then you were crawling, standing, walking, talking.

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Now, the development isn’t as noticeable from week to week or month to month, but when I stand back and look at how big you have become, it’s shocking to me that you ever were a baby.

Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair. --Led Zeppelin

And yes, you are talking — still only intelligible in single words or short phrases, but the babble is constant and animated. You’re getting much closer to being able to put together meaningful sentences (most notably, “I Love You,” which you’ll repeat if we say it to you). And singing? The songs we perform together, sweetie. You still prefer it when I sing and you dance, but even then, you’re very demanding about the song choice, the tone, how I act the lyrics out and more.

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You’ve moved up to the 2-year-old room at daycare. You’re so tall and active that it just seemed to make more sense, and while I am of course so proud that you’re ready to hang with the big kids, I just find myself desperate to slow time down. I remember so keenly what it was like to drop you off at daycare on that very first day, and now you barely look back at me when I send you into your classroom (little stinker: I still make you come back and give me hugs and kisses).

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And the kisses that you give, while sloppy and slimy and sometimes painful (what’s up with the open mouth and the nibbles?), you finally give them freely and happily. I traveled away from you more than I wanted to this month, but being able to video chat with you and get those beautiful virtual kisses really healed my heart.

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I can’t believe we have just one more monthly update before you turn two. TWO! A true toddler! Ugh, I’m not sure I’m ready. But I am sure that you are the very best thing in my life.

Love,

Mommy