Yippe! You’re officially in the “tiny tot” age! And what does that mean? Some people describe it as a terrible two stage, and there’s even a website labeled terribletwos! But that’s not how I look at you sweety pie. Even with your ahia, I can honestly say he was never terrible as what those websites declare. It was even a big time for him to adjust because we moved to China when he was 23 months… yet in spite the new environment, your papa and I didn’t have problems with him. Yes we did have difficult times, but hey, even us adults have those days we don’t feel good and we just want to be ourselves or even do “not so nice things”, but that doesn’t mean we’re TERRIBLE… So when you become a mom someday, never label your kids terrible two ok? It’s a matter of perspective and the more we believe in the best in our kids, the more we’ll be amazed at how wonderful they could really become at this stage.
According to Erik Erikson, this is the WILL stage wherein you learn to develop wither Autonomy – a sense of being able to handle many problems on your own, or Shame and Doubt if your caregiver, (of course it’s me and papa) refuse to let you perform tasks of which you are capable, or ridicule your early attempts at self-sufficiency.
Your pa and I allow you certain limits but in areas where we know you can handle, we give you freedom to try to do it, no matter how many times you have to try, we patiently wait until you get it done right. 🙂
You are very teachable plangging. The day we went home from your hospitalization on your 3rd surgery which was the colostomy closure, you immediately pooped in the toilet bowl! You were only 10 months and now at age 2, you are 85% toilet trained. Considering that you’re an IMPERFORATE ANUS baby, this is a miracle because many articles say that kids like you can be expected to be “delayed” in toilet training. For the record, you sat on the toilet seat earlier than your ahia did! 🙂
At 1 year and 3 months you already knew how to blow your nose! I just showed you how it’s done then you did it on your own. The older you get, the more teachable you become. A few months back I started teaching you how to beat the egg and your ahia how to break it. So now every time we cook and there’s egg, ahia breaks it and you beat it!
Given a paint and a brush, you can paint on your own. Given paper and pen, you can draw on your own. Given toys, you can also play on your own. However, there are still times (of course) that you say, “MAMA TEACH ME PLEASE.” I know you just want to spend more time with me, or I guess, you like the tickle time which is usually part of our play time. 🙂 You also like to read and study. I can go on and on with the list, but I won’t. You’ll discover them from time to time as I continue to write these letters my dear.
My prayer for you little one is that in the coming days, months and even years, you will be more and more hungry to learn new things, in every area of your life. Every minute with you is a teaching moment. I think the only time we stop learning is when we’re sleeping, haha. But more than anything else, it is my heart’s desire that you and your ahia learn and hunger for God’s presence in your lives, that’s why worship and prayer in each day are never absent. Every morning, we start the day with watching worship videos, we sing and dance as we worship, and we end the night with prayer. You already know how to worship God and have memorized our bedtime prayer since you were 16 months. Right now you can declare healing upon family members who are sick and even declare healing upon yourself by saying: BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS I AM HEALED!
I will be forever grateful to God for giving you to us, you are a MIRACLE sweetheart. Each time we see you, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, provision, healing, love, joy and many more. You are a living reminder to your papa and me that God’s goodness will follow us all the days of our lives.
Happy 2nd birthday Meimei… You are indeed, God’s promise of JOY.
I love you.