Friday, February 01, 2008

The Magic Number is 2

6 days after welcoming a new brother, Caleb, according to parenting magazines, books, "experts" etc. graduated from being a toddler to being a preschooler...i.e. he turned 2. 2 seems a little young to me to be thinking about preschool, but I have the luxury of living in a third world country (never thought I'd say that about Peru) where things like Montessori and pre-preschool options don't exist and are thus seldom discussed. Caleb is essentially bi-lingual and I feel like that is as much of a head start as any parent can hope for without driving themselves and everyone else crazy.

This year it seems like Caleb has been opening presents for a solid 2 months. He has had 3 Christmas celebrations (one in Peru and one with each set of grandparents), 2 birthday parties (again, one with each set of grandparents) and several "Congratulations, you're a big brother" present opening sessions. Unfortunately for Caleb, it will be 11 months before there are any more presents coming his way.

Some days I look at Caleb and cannot believe that I am the mother of a 2 year-old. I can't believe how fast time is flying by. Other days I feel every bit of my 31 years and can't believe my oldest child is only 2. In college I had the good fortune to share an apartment with my 3 best friends. By the time Caleb was born, between the three of them there were 9 other children. I was worried that all my children would be younger than all of theirs, but there is now one in between my two and another expected in the summer. So even though we are sort of in the middle of this having kids thing, at least we still have some company.

I would love to post pictures of Caleb from each month of the last year so you can see the changes he has gone through, but alas, most of my pictures are saved on a computer thousands of miles away so you'll just have to make do with pictures from his parties.

Happy Birthday Caleb!

2 Cakes, 4 Candles and More presents than anyone needs...




6 comments:

Ilene said...

I'm doing the birthday thing all wrong. Only one cake and one party. I need to get more action like Caleb.

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Paige said...

I see nothing wrong with two cakes either. But of course you made the train one, from scratch, no?

Starrymedgirl said...

A month straight of present-opening sounds good to me. :) By the way--CONGRATULATIONS! Isaac is adorable and you are amazingly coherent for just having had a baby. Can't wait to see more pics!

Kristy said...

Those cakes are so cute. Paul and I both agreed that Caleb looks so old in these pictures. He's grown a lot since we saw him last. What a cute little boy!

Ellie said...

If I speak pig-latin does that count as bi-lingual. Your 2 year old is way more cultured then me.

Adrianne said...

I want two cakes every year. I'm going to start requesting that...of course that will mean I have to make both cakes, so maybe I'll forgo that dream.

 

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