I must sound like a broken record, but I so very deeply love this age. Every day has been such an adventure watching Guinevere develop and sharply hone her own personality – watching her clearly create preferences and dislikes and amusing tendencies that are all herself. I think all parents hope that their children will grow up to be better versions of themselves and there is small ball of liquid love deep in my belly that glows and warms as I look at her and realize – she is. She will be.
She’s so much smarter than we ever imagined. Her thought process is incredible, and at 2.5 she is so quick at putting together solutions and conclusions. Tyler often compliments her comedic timing, which is one of the most frequent ways we see that skill – when she rapid fire response with a punch line or joke. Such as when he asked her to help name his new car, and she immediately came up with Carley – I don’t think she knows what a pun is, but she knew that the word car was in a name that she knows, and it was funny to her to select that one. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I could have come up with a better or more amusing name myself.
She is so much friendlier and outgoing than we are. Fearless, actually. For a breastfed baby that went to private nannies and very rarely spends time with other children, I’d have expected her to be a bit reserved around strangers – at least some stranger anxiety in some stage in her life. Yet from the time she was an infant, she’s happily run into the arms of people she’s just met. She hugs and kisses friends of ours that she doesn’t know, and introduces herself (and me) to other mothers on the playground. Nothing starts an awkward conversation like your two year old running up to another mother and saying “Hi, I’m Guinevere Johnson. This is my mom. Her name is Kelly.” and then running off so I’m forced into a chat. Guinevere does that to me often. I’m starting to think she is THAT much smarter than us, that she’s already just messing with us. Every cashier and server is her new best friend, and its normal for her to invite a waitress to sit down at our table with us or ask a cashier what their favorite color is. I adore that about her. Its more than just being the center of attention (which she absolutely thrives on) – she seems to genuinely be interested in and care about others.
I clearly had very low expectations about parenthood. I feel like a child myself as I watch her – full of wonderment and joy. She’s this precious gift that I have been given, and I’m so deliriously happy that she is mine. I assume all other parents put their kids to bed every night and then talk about missing them, and retelling all of the things their child said and did that day, but its almost as though Tyler and I have lost ourselves in her – we consume her, drunk off her crooked smile and that laugh that is so much bigger than she is that she must double over and slap her knees. Addicted to that wispy blond hair that always sticks up in every direction and blue eyes that manage to twinkle even in the middle of the night when she wakes us to help take her to the bathroom.
There’s no cure, and for that – I’m forever grateful.
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