2.5 Years with the Little Man (in Vancouver, BC)

Dear Zephyr,

You are officially two-and-a-half, so it feels like a good time for a little reflection… or at least a little photo journey!

I wrote something at the 18-month mark along the lines of “we’ve turned a corner and things are finally getting easier” and I’m so thankful to say that that’s honestly continued for the last year… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, toddlers are just way more my cup of tea than babies.

Incessant questions? Ice cream for breakfast? Mid-day dance parties? Having fun jumping in muddy puddles? Who are we describing, me or you little man? 😉

Part of it is how much fun it is to DO things together now. You love to be part of the action, regardless of if it’s baking with grandma or helping Poppa in the workshop or vacuuming with daddy or “helping” mommy on the computer.

You actually don’t complain much, for a two-year old at least. You and I navigated 15 hours and three flights to get back to Georgia without a single tear. (This is in stark contrast to our solo “mommy and Zephyr” flight when you were 4-months old and we both cried pretty much the entire way).

You’re a very outgoing little man, asking the girls at the pool what their names are, shouting “thank you!!!” to the postman, and making friends with any kiddos you encounter.

You had your first official daycare experience when we sent your Daddy back to Brio II early and you navigated it like a champ (crying when I came to pick you up — little bugger — and asking when you could go back on weekends!).

You tell me frequently that you “love making messes!” (usually when I remind you that we need to try to not make too big of a mess), that dinosaurs are your favorite animal (“all of them!”) and that you’re “not scared of them” because “I’m brave”.

You gave your Poppa a bit of a heart-attack in the pool when you proudly announced, “I pooped, Poppa!”… only to then flash a cheeky grin and clarify, “it’s just a joke”.

Since we are in the middle of a pandemic, it’s probably worth mentioning that you and I have matching jellyfish masks and you happily wear yours any time we’re around other people. You do wonder (out loud) why some people don’t wear masks in public, but we’ll leave that for a later discussion…

I love you little Zephyr – thank you for making the last year especially such a delight!

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