Two.
July 20, 2011

My baby is two years darling today.  We are spending time with good friends, learning to say ‘hello beautiful’ in Farsi, baking herb bread with fresh garden rosemary.  We are napping pressed together in the bedroom, playing puzzles as long as she wants, eating bananas with our toes bare in the lawn.  We are visiting the playground, reading every book she fancies at the library, singing every nursery rhyme I know at the top of our lungs.  We are eating dinner surrounded by family.

This turning-two business?  There is a sliver of my heart that hurts thinking that the child in my arms - long legs spilling over, parroting every word I say, dark eyelashes framing the loveliest speckled eyes I’ve ever gazed into - is not the squalling helpless infant I brought home, but overall I feel like it’s the start of something beautiful.

I have always loved my daughter madly, but every morning I wake up and I think I love her a bit more than I did the day before.  This morning, thinking on it, I only love my daughter two years over.  I cannot wait to find out what it feels like to love her three years over, or twelve years over, or thirty years over, or fifty years over.  She is my light, this girl.  My brilliant shining light.


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  1. By on July 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!! My little man is one today, so he and Charlotte share a birthday!

  2. By Alicia S. on July 20, 2011

    Ok, you did it. You made me actually cry this time.

    Happy, happy Birthday!

  3. By on July 20, 2011

    Ya, you made me a little weepy too, Sarah. Isn’t life amazing and how the heart keeps expanding and filling and spilling over with love for children.

    Happiest Second Birthday to one of my favorite toddlers. and to her parents too…

  4. By Meagan on July 20, 2011

    How sweet! :) I cant wait till she is old enough to read and appreciate this blog you write for her!

  5. By Wendy Irene on July 20, 2011

    Happy 2nd Birthday Charlotte!  You are truly as adorable as your Mommy says! <3

  6. By on July 20, 2011

    Well it is a great day for a birthday - and being that my own mama’s not around - it is nice for me to read your words to your daughter :) Happy Birth Day Charlotte - seems like you chose the perfect day to come into the world to me! :)

  7. By on July 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday Charlotte! I have been reading your blog since the beginning watching her grow. She truly is a beautiful little girl. You have inspired me in so many ways. I now write letters to my son. You have taught me to let the laundry pile up if it means getting to spend the day running through the sprinklers and painting masterpieces. Thank you for your blog Sarah, you truly are a superhero. Have a wonderful day. Its weird from reading your blog everyday I almost feel like I know you

  8. By Kimberly o'Rosky on July 20, 2011

    Happy birthday!!!! Wishing you a fabulous celebration full of bright smiles, happy giggles and lots and lots of cuddles!

    My Charlotte is turning 1 on Sunday. I’m sitting here nursing her at the moment and wondering how 12 months flew by so darn quick.

  9. By Crystal on July 20, 2011

    Awww… this makes me a little sad - in just another month my “baby” will be two.  Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

  10. By Bethany on July 20, 2011

    Just beautiful!!

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! & thank you for sharing her with all of us!!

  11. By on July 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Charlotte!!!!

  12. By Christy on July 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!!!

    Lovely letter Sarah.

  13. By Christy on July 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!!!  I can’t believe that you are two already.

    My Lily is 2 1/2 and 2 is so much fun!

    Lovely letter Sarah.

  14. By on July 20, 2011

    Happy birthday poppet!!

  15. By Baby Pickel on July 20, 2011

    Happy birthday little beautiful one!!

    Lots of love from Baby Pickel

  16. By Kim on July 20, 2011

    I can’t believe she is already 2!! Seems like yesterday I was checking in daily to see if you’d had her yet.

    Happy Birthday to one of the happiest little girls I have ever seen.

    And, happy birthday to Mama too.

    xoxo

  17. By on July 20, 2011

    Happy birthday little girl! It is such a joy to see you growing up, and I love the window into what comes next for our little guy. All the best for a year full of fun and adventures!

  18. By elizabeth Mackey on July 21, 2011

    Happy birthday dear Charlotte! Is sounds like you had the best two year old birthday ever!!

  19. By on July 21, 2011

    Happy BIrthday Little One!!!

  20. By tara pollard pakosta on July 21, 2011

    can’t believe she is 2~ she’s a doll.
    I miss those days, 11.5 is hard with my girl. and my baby is about to turn double digits, it goes by in a blink. enjoy the easy part, later it gets harder! these are the simple carefree days that you have right now, grasp them all up and hold them tight to your heart, like you seem to do~!
    Happy Birthday beautiful Charlotte, you are an angel!
    tara

  21. By Dianna on July 21, 2011

    I cannot believe that she is two. I remember all your pregnancy posts and am just stunned that two years have past. Happy Birthday to Miss Charlotte!

  22. By Catherine on July 22, 2011

    Happiest of happy birthdays to your sweet, Charlotte!


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