Sunday, April 17, 2011

Look Who's Two!

At the beginning of April, we celebrated Stephen's second birthday. Really? He's two? Already? It seems like just yesterday that we were driving to the hospital in the middle of an April snowstorm. And now that tiny, helpless baby, born less than 10 minutes after we checked in, is a sweet little boy with a personality all his own. He has brought so much joy to our family these past two years!

So what does it mean to be two? It means that Stephen has graduated from high chair to booster seat at the table. It means he is starting to try to climb out of his crib, so we are considering moving him to a "big boy bed," which may end up just being a mattress on the floor. It also means that potty-training is staring Mommy in the face, and she is trying to work up the gumption to start on that. Potty-training while being pregnant is not much fun.

Lately, Stephen has become so talkative. He's learning new words and phrases every day and constantly amazes me with just how much he understands. He can count to ten in both English and Portuguese, loves to sing songs and read books, and has started saying prayers at the dinner table. There is nothing more precious than hearing your child thank God for "Nyanya and Babu, da airplane spoon, and da baby ducks."

For Stephen's birthday this year, we decided to celebrate by having a picnic supper at the park with the team. The kids played on the playground for awhile, and then we ate -- peanut butter and jelly pancake sandwiches for the kids, chicken salad for the grown-ups. Birthday cake and presents followed. It was a simple but fun party, perfect for a two-year old! Here are a few pictures:

The birthday boy with his daddy!

The kids enjoyed their food on the grass...

...while the adults sat at a nearby table.

Opening presents

The "cupcake cake" birthday cake. It is supposed to look like a soccer ball!

Stephen and Eliana -- pretty close to the same size now!

Enjoying their cupcakes

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