I have been thinking for quite some time now to write you a decent letter (for you to read when you are old enough) and talk about how you are at this point in your life.
Time flies so fast. It was as if only yesterday that I was writing on my pregnancy journal about how we await the coming of our first baby into the family. But now, you are already two years old -- already a toddler! Wow! God really has blessed us with a great gift that is YOU.
Ever since you were born, you have been bringing so much joy into the family. You were born a happy baby, giggling everytime and smiling a lot. That actually hasn't changed even until now. I guess this is what they mean that babies are born with a certain temperament. And since you just turned two years recently, you have been showing much of that temperament that you have in there. Although you still are generally shy, you already look as if you know what you want and seem to show your need to be more and more independent. But I know that you also are still very much dependent on us, your parents. That is the reason why we want to be always there to guide you every step of the way through your cognitive, spiritual and emotional development. There are still obvious things which you cannot do by yourself and, in a way, I'm glad. Moving forward in a few years' time, you would probably be acting as if you can do whatever you want without being helped. That's why, I cherish these years that you still show that you need us. But come to think of it, we would really not stop needing each other, right? We would be needing each other until God wants, so I really need not worry about the future now.
Anyway, I'm glad that you are learning to be more sociable these days. Before you were known for not wanting to be touched or carried by other persons other than me, your dad, lolo or yaya. Although this hasn't changed so much, at least you now like to interact with adults and of course, other kids. Do you know that you had a thing for other kids' toys and cars? You would just leave your car-car in the middle of the street just to ride on our neighbor's car-car, even if yours looks so much better. You also love riding the swing on your own and refuse to ride it with your yaya. You also like going the opposite direction of the slide, running up the slide instead of down the slide. You are such an active girl and I hope you will stay that way until you're older.
In terms of speech development, you now have the liking for saying the end sound of every word. Short-cut, in other words. For example, you say -sus (for Jesus), -tos (for sapatos), -bee (for Jollibee), -cream (for ice cream), -nana (for banana), and many others. You also no longer call Dora (the Explorer) as Happy. Now, you call her "'ra! 'ra!" :-) You also amuse us a lot when you call me or your daddy "Hun", imitating the way your father and I would call each other. :-) It's so cute!
Well, as you grow up, we would like to teach you too to how to pray, make the sign of the cross (practice makes perfect!), greet your guardian angel and develop your own virtues. I believe that these are the more important things, even more important than teaching you to write or to sing. But for these basic spiritual things, we are taking it one day at a time. I just hope that we always serve as good examples for you to follow. :-)
Until here, baby. We hope to see more and more amazing developments in the days, months and years to come. Happy 2nd birthday!