We made it! Violet is two years old today and I am happy and a little sentimental because she is officially a toddler in my eyes. Sure the technical term of toddler is when a baby begins to walk hence “toddle” around, but I always considered her a baby until now. The next milestone is the terrible twos but I believe she already had the ornery ones, so things won’t be so different. Hopefully it won’t get worse, but if it does we will deal with it the best we can knowing she will eventually grow out of this stage.
Violet is our spirited daredevil kid. She is brave and brash but also very sweet and reserved at times. She loves the songs, If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. She has a blast dancing and already has a great sense of rhythm. She does not like “Mommy and Me” classes; I don’t think she likes the structure of the classes and would rather explore independently. She is in a bashful stage so she doesn’t like people looking at her until she has warmed up to you. If you have food she may warm up to you quicker. She has a ferocious appetite and is a fun lunch date most of the time. She loves to play with bark and really anything sensorial and tactile. Getting messy and dirty is the best!
Our cat Juno imprinted on her, so they have a special relationship where he would never bat at her with his paws or scratch her on purpose. At first we were nervous having her close to him because he has swatted at Ume, but he will let Violet pet him and grab him without any negative reaction. It is actually very sweet to watch. Juno was my first baby and with the addition of kids he has taken a back seat to them. He has regained his position back into the family.
For her birthday celebration we took the family to Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. It is an indoor water park resort, so you have to stay the night or be a guest of someone staying the night to enjoy the water park. We all had a blast playing in the water and eating dinner at The Lodge Wood Fired Grill. Violet was so beat from a full day of splashing around that she fell asleep before we had the birthday cake.
I am excited to see what this next year in Violet’s life will be like, how much she will grow and change. Just like every parent watching their children grow, normal developmental changes are an amazing feat and the best things to observe. The awe and the magic of it all does not seize.