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45/52eloise: you stroll down the block pushing your baby in the stroller. You hit a bump in the sidewalk and she slumps over in her seat. “Oh no! P.B!” You exclaim. I watch you as you kneel down beside her. “You okay baby? Oh baby. It okay.” You take her out of the seat, give her a hug and settle her back into the stroller. I love watching this empathy in your play develop. Some days I feel as if I’m failing as a mother, but then on days like this, I see, I must be doing some things right. 

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42/52eloise: you are looking more and more like a little kid and less like my baby these days. You want to put your shoes on and pick out your clothes all by yourself. You get quiet and sullen when you are feeling uncomfortable or sad. You throw your toys or roll around on the ground when you’re angry. You tell me “I yuv you Mama.” And hold tight to my neck when I pick you up. You tell me, “Milk makes me happy Mama.”

You helped pick Dada’s pumpkin and you found the perfect little one for you. Then you wanted to find one for Pink Baby too. I’m often bone tired at the end of the day with the non stop play and emotions and struggles this age brings. But, I am seeing a little person forming here. A sweet, spunky, loving, determined little person. And I’m just so blessed to be watching you grow.

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41/52eloise: you sit in your room with a band-aid in your hand. We had walked all the way to the store on a very hot afternoon to buy you some band aids that you had requested after falling down and scraping your knee. When we bought them, you didn’t want to put one on your boo boo. In fact, you seemed frightened by the idea, that just seconds before, you had been giddy about. So we walked all the way back home carrying the box of band aids and you sat in your room holding them. Carrying them around like little paper princess medals (you chose the pink princess ones, of course). Once you figured out how to open one, you were eager to open them all. But put one on your boo boo? No way. They go on top of your pants, that way everyone can see where you have a wound. 😉 

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40/52eloise: It’s been a trying couple weeks. Lots of big emotions. Lots of tears. Lots of no napping. Lots of extra nursing. I can’t seem to pin point why, maybe it’s the extreme heat wave we are having, maybe it’s more teeth breaking through, maybe it’s getting back into the routine again after being away on vacation; but I’m thinking it probably has to do with just the hard fact that you are two. And two is tough. But throughout those days of big emotions and challenging behaviors, there are moments like this that make everything all right. Late afternoons, right before dinner when laundry and toys are strewn all over the house and Mama can’t deal with anything else, we go outside and run around. I chase you and you chase me. We twirl and run and laugh and smile.

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39/52eloise: Some days we enjoy each other’s company immensely. We glide through the rhythm of the day and happily float into the night. Other days we disconnect and struggle with keeping that balance. I think this is what toddler hood and the beginnings of independence are all about. Days of watercolor painting and frozen yogurt pops. Days of constant frustration and anxious nursing. Days of weary and Days of joy. Together we are finding our balance.

-joining jodi for the 52 project!