Today is my son’s second birthday.
As opposed to his older, laid back sister, he has followed a more traditional toddler route, meaning that at around 18 months he turned into a miniature version of Hannibal Lecter (oh, the biting!) and has a personality to match.
What I mean by that is he can be a frothing lunatic worthy of a strait jacket and two seconds later he’s charming as hell.
Oh, this boy. This boy.
When I was pregnant with his big sister, before we knew she was a girl, I had visions of having a son first. You know how dramatic and emotional pregnant women can be. Plus, we plan out our children while we’re still children ourselves. I’m going to have two boys and two girls. The first one will be a boy and then a girl and then a boy and then a girl. Or I’ll have two boys and then two girls, that would be okay too! when we all know the whole having kids thing is a roll of the dice. Luck. That’s all it is.
For some reason, I was certain I was having a boy. I knew what he looked like and everything. Blonde, mischievous rascal. So when the ultrasound technician informed me I was expecting a girl I was, I’ll admit it, shocked. Sounds stupid, I know. I had a 50/50 chance of having a girl, after all. But, well, if you, for whatever reason, expected one gender and got another then maybe you know how I was feeling. I wasn’t sad that I was having a daughter, just disappointed I wasn’t having a son.
But the universe was in perfect alignment. I had the girl of my dreams first and then I had the blonde, mischievous rascal I had long been envisioning. This Henry Benry is exactly who I was envisioning all those years ago. I was dreaming of the right little boy just in the wrong order.
Today my little fella is 2-years-old. In honor of this age, the very apex of toddlerhood, I wanted to give folks a look at what two looks like.
Happy Birthday, my little love.
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