Your second birthday was this past week, but it’s starting to feel like the celebrations will be throughout the month. What started with a simple croissant at the local cafe (because you spat out the chocolate birthday cupcakes your mother made for you the night before) snowballed into a birthday event at your weekly play group, a mini-birthday event at your nursery, a birthday lunch at Benihana’s (a birthday tradition from your mother’s side), and a birthday party that will happen next weekend when your grandparents are here. This is all on top of the steady stream of presents we are receiving from your relatives and friends. How loved you are.
It’s funny though that as much as the birthday milestone is your own, it is just as significant of one for your parents at your age. We spend so much time and effort raising you that it very much is our own celebratory milestone of making it through another year in one piece…or as your mother and I like to say, “We’ve survived another year!” But back to the main point, Happy Birthday, Baobao :)
“Zi ji zuo, zi ji zuo!” [do it myself, do it myself] has become the most common refrain in our household at all times of day because you’ve decided you’re a little man / big boy now. From brushing your teeth to pouring your milk to putting on your diaper…everything is “zi ji zuo” (of course, everything except for the two things we do want you to do by yourself like going to sleep or using the potty).
But stepping back from the actual details, it marks such a big milestone in your life. You feel confident enough in your understanding of the world and your own physical abilities that you want to be independent. Or put another way, our little baby is growing up so fast!
Other fieldnotes I must jot down:
- There was a farmer who had a dog and BINO was his name-o. Not Bingo. Bino.
- You won’t carry around a stuffed animal or toy. Instead, you bring around a contact lens case, and you won’t let it out of your grasp when you’re sleeping.
- Your “Ye Ye, Ye Ye, Ye Ye, THIS ONE” all around the bedroom tagging various objects. Ye Ye for your grandpa, but not sure what the association is??
- You and your roly poly playing with your nanny, Silvia… the moment you woke up from a nap and saw Silvia: “Shall we go roly poly?”