Aila Turns Two

My oh my, I don’t know what we have gotten ourselves into with our little firecracker, but it’s going to be a fun ride. Let’s start with food. When Aila is hungry, she opens her mouth super wide, and points to it. Repeatedly. Perhaps you’ve seen the videos of her eating burritos or spaghetti (or photos of her with chocolate smeared all over her face and hair and hands and car seat…). If not, you should check them out. They’re a thing. This girl could single-handedly stuff a super burrito into her face and eat it like a boss before she turned two. Even the burrito company was impressed.

For a while, her first word every morning was cheeeeeese. When she woke up around 6:30 am, she would call out and I had to go to her crib, cover her head with her soft blankie, then carry her down to the kitchen where she insisted on sitting on the counter and eating a bowl of cottage cheese. She loves cheese in all forms: cottage cheese, string cheese, grated parm, sliced cheddar, those little individually wrapped, round things…Hence the cheese theme of her birthday party.

Though she loves to eat, she’s tiny. When we went in for her two-year check up, her doctor started by showing me the growth chart. The international one. He said she was 10th percentile in weight for babies around the world. Then, he showed me the U.S. one. She’s not even on the chart. Her little growth dots are underneath the lines. But they’re moving in the right direction!

Waby loves going on bike rides and runs. She loves dancing, especially while standing naked on the bathroom counter (she has a mean butt move). She loves jumping in her crib and giving mommy ‘ssages (making me lie on the floor while she whacks me with things…it actually feels pretty good). She sleeps best with her soft “bei-bei” covering her head while someone pats her butt.

Her favorite past times include: playing with PlayDo; crawling on the floor and pretending to be a kitty or lion; making pancakes; eating; spilling food on the ground or wiping it in her hair; reading books about dragons; drumming; petting puppies; holding soft, furry things; singing made-up songs in the car; hiding and yelling ‘boo!;’ pretending to change diapers on stuffed animals and toy cars; and copying everything her big brother does.

Aila is fiercely independent, strong-willed, and adventurous. When she wants something, she is absolutely determined and fearless – she’s been the ER twice for head injuries! She is mischievous and goofy and gets a little glint in her eyes when she does something pi. She is also sweet, snuggly and compassionate; she gets so worried when she hears people crying.

This girl adds so much love and light and laughter to our lives. I feel so grateful to be her mom, so grateful she’s part of our family, so grateful to see the dynamic between her and Carter develop in such loving ways. She’s growing too fast, and I’m trying to treasure every day.

Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men
Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Close to Me by Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee
We Know the Way from the Moana Soundtrack
Any song on the Moana Soundtrack, especially We Know the Way
Baby Shark doo doo (she likes to sing this)

A few of her favorite books
Drawn Together (there’s a dragon)
Chinese New Year (Grace Lin) (there’s a dragon)
Drum Dream Girl (there’s a page with a dragon)

Favorite Shows:
Lego Ninjago
Any show with “doggies”

Go ‘way, me!
Hold you! (with her arms stretched up. She means, “hold me”)
What dat?
Hmmm (taps her finger on her mouth while thinking)
I need you.
Aqui! (pointing to spot next to her)
Come! Come!
‘tinky! (waves hands in face)
Go sleep now. (When I pretend to sleep, she tickles)

On her actual birthday, we took her to the Oakland zoo because she loves animals.

We had a “Whine and cheese” themed birthday party for her at a local park that has a playground next to a dog park. We only had snacks made out of cheese. Dogs and cheese…basically two of her favorite things.

I want time to slow down, but I also can’t wait to keep watching her grow. I love you, baby girl.

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