To my dearest Aviendha,
I cannot believe it’s been only two years with you in my life. You are so full of life and personality, the world seems like it was a little bit darker without you.
Now that you are two and have decided you are a big girl, your opinions have become even more so a part of your life. You know EXACTLY what you want, when you want it and God help anyone that doesn’t let you do that. Today, all you would eat was cereal. No milk. With a spoon. Sunday, you would only eat string cheese. You had 8 string cheeses.
Your verbalizations are becoming far more so translated into English instead of Avi-ese. Your favorite word is, of course, NO (said with lots of force or whispered behind your arm and all variations in between) followed closely by momma and dada and baby (pronounced like bebe). You also enjoy saying “close the door” and proceeding to do just that.
You did amazing while Daddy was in the hospital. He was kinda scary with the feeding tube and oxygen on his face, but you would wave to him with them. Once he got those out, you loved to play with him in his bed. Even though you don’t know what happened, you are so glad to have him back at home. When we pull into our parking spot at home after I get off of work, you immediately start chanting “dada. dada.”
Finally, you have also started sleeping by yourself. Last night, you went to bed at about 7 and stayed by yourself until 5:45 when you just needed to nurse. I’m so glad though, because this means mommy and daddy get to snuggle and I”m so glad we have that again. You’ll even fall asleep sometimes without nursing! This is a red letter day, especially since you were so close to being weaned until your daddy’s stroke.
The mind that is always looking and always watching always sees babies. You know that babies are in strollers and carseats and in baby slings and in arms. On advertisements and TV shows. Each time you see a baby, you HAVE to make sure that everyone around you KNOWS that there is a baby there. When your cousin Keegan came to visit, you were by far the happiest kid in the world.
Today, on your second birthday, you have become a pibald child. You are officially now allergic to penicillin.
I can only hope that this next year becomes so much better than this past one. I pray that you continue to grow as strong as you have been and more importantly, keep your inner passion. I am so glad we named you Aviendha, because your strength of will and power is so true of the Aiel. I love you so very very much and always will.