Our darling boy is TWO!
On January 27th 2019 after a very short labor Jude came fast and boldly into the world, and has been brightening our lives ever since. Jude is truly the soul of our family. He is adventurous, joyful, and so loving, continuously smiling and laughing his way through life. My hope for him is that he always stays curious, never loses his determination, and continues to spread joy wherever he goes. We can’t wait to see who he becomes! (You can read his birth story here and his first birthday here).
Jude has a strong love for music, “playing” instruments, and DANCING. He asks us to dance with him every day! He also loves to kick his ball and we think we may have a future soccer player on our hands. He’s very into building things with his blocks, trucks fascinate him, and he’s always up for helping us clean (hopefully he keeps that trait as a teenager). Staying 6 feet from people is challenging for our little social butterfly since he loves to make friends wherever he goes. He loves Sesame Street and Elmo, but Toy Story reigns supreme in his mind. Which was the theme for his little celebration!
When we decided to come to Florida for a bit, we were excited to be able to celebrate Jude’s 2nd birthday with my parents. Birthdays in a pandemic can be tough, but luckily Jude is young and it doesn’t take much to make a little toddler happy! I created this Toy Story inspired balloon garland (Jude LOVES balloons), picked up some Toy Story plates and cupcake toppers, and ended the day watching his favorite Toy Story movie (the 2nd one). We spent the day running around at the park, dancing in the kitchen, eating pizza (with pina coladas for the adults), and indulging on Publix cupcakes (the BEST). It was the perfect day celebrating our boy!
After his nap, I snapped Jude’s 2nd birthday photos and I can’t believe how much he’s grown since I took his 18 month photos. Life truly moves fast and if there’s anything good to come out of this pandemic, it’s that I’ve learned to soak in every day. Also, can you even handle Jude’s bowtie and pink outfit?
Motherhood is a challenging role, but my favorite by far. And this past year it became extra special watching Jude become a big brother. The adjustment period was pretty short for him, and he’s done so well with Heath. He loves to play with his hands, lay on the floor with him while we do tummy time, and give him his bottle when he cries.
My parents bought Jude a balance bike which he will open on his actual birthday, but he got to open his other gift from them which was Buzz Lightyear. He was so excited and has been playing with it nonstop ever since.
I can’t believe the next big birthday we will be celebrating will be Heath’s 1st birthday. Though we still have some time for that, if 2021 moves half as fast as 2020 did, it’ll be here before we know it. I would also like to give G and I a shoutout for surviving two years of parenting. 😉