Happy 2nd birthday, Dexter

June 4, 2015

To my dear, sweet, little Dexter.

Today is your second birthday.  These last 12 months have I have seen you change so much from that baby that was barely walking to such a happy confident toddler that you are.

There are so many things you can do or have done over the last year and I don’t want to forget your little milestones so I’m sharing them with you here so that when you are old enough, you can see them too.

So, at 2 years…

  • You always sleep all night through very well. You even sleep through when you are away from home, staying with your aunty or nanny and granddad
  • You eat very well (normally) and feed yourself efficiently. Your favourite food is still a good roast dinner. Although other close favourites are yoghurt, cheese, chips and ravioli.
  • You have about 16 teeth I think. I’d know for sure if you ever let me count them. You can brush them by yourself but get easily distracted so mummy has to go over them to make sure they are all clean. You love standing on your step to reach the sink
  • You still have the same 3 nicknames… Dextersaurus, Smushy and Bubba.
  • You can say so many words and can now use a few words together at a time, e.g ‘yellow car’, ‘more bing’ and ‘lets go mum’ and various other phrases.
  • You love playing boo. You even ssh yourself when you are trying to hide.
  • Your best friend is Ellie. Mummy use to work with Ellie’s Mum and we have recently been to visit them and their new baby twins on the bus. You slept the entire way home.
  • Your favourite things to spot are the moon, cars, nee-nors, cats, dogs, helicopters (dotdotders), grass, flowers and trains.
  • Your favourite things to watch are Bing, Chuggington, Thomas, and youtube videos of trains.
  • Your favourite songs are ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes,’ twinkle twinkle, this little train and the wheels on the bus
  • You walk most places now. Sometimes you just refuse point blank to go in the buggy.
  • You still refuse to lie still for a nappy change. You think I’ll let you carry on playing if you moan enough. Little do you realise that if you stayed still, it would be done a lot quicker!
  • You are very generous with kisses and cuddles and blowing kisses. Recently you have started turning your head when we try and kiss you so we have to kiss your cheek. You do air kisses and rub noses too.
  • You love to go outside. Especially to the swings or out on the grass. Drinda and Tiffany have just got you a slide for your birthday which goes nicely with your swing that Nanny and Granddad got you last year
  • You can scribble with crayons and pens and love to draw. Even where you shouldn’t.
  • You are learning how to share, even though its hard to teach you as there is nobody to share with, but you understand taking turns and will often say turn when you want to do something that I am doing.
  • You try very hard to dress yourself. You are excited about the new pants we have bought you for when we start potty training
  • On your adventures this year, you have been to see Santa again, we went to a garden party where we did lots of crafts and you played all day, We have been for a ride on a steam train along the Nene Valley Railway. We went to a cinema viewing of Bing and we have also been on the Harry Potter studio tour
  • Some of your favourite things to play with are your new kitchen, the sandpit, all of your trains and cars, books and anything outside.
  • You walk and run and jump with huge confidence. There is such a difference in your physical abilities from this time last year. You are far from being a baby now, you are a tiny, little, walking, talking person

We had to do some work at preschool and you made me so proud when you were there. You were so well behaved and weren’t at all phased by the place and the staff when they all spoke to you. Its hard to believe you start there next week. Where has my baby gone? It’s a huge new chapter in all of our lives and I’m so excited to see how you develop over this next year.

You don’t cry when you fall. Well, sometimes you do, but only when it really hurts. Mostly, I’ve taught you to stand up and dust yourself off. I hope you do this in life as you grow, not just with physical falls but whenever life gives you a knock. Please remember what I’ve taught you. You do it so well so far. You are so strong.

Your dad and I still watch you in amazement when you do new things. A few days ago, Daddy commented that he was impressed by your hand eye coordination when you were using our kitchen tongs to pick up your toys. I’ve also seen you pick blades of grass with clothes pegs.

You sleep in a big boy bed now. You haven’t even fallen out once! I’m so impressed. Its so adorable when you wake up and come straight in to our bedroom like you are so excited to see us! We love seeing you too!

Anyway, I could spend hours writing a million and one things that I love about you and what you’ve learnt but today is your day and I (we) intend to spoil you and have lots of fun with you. We’ll play with your new toys, we’ll eat cake and maybe go and visit some people too.

Dexter Blake, we love you so much and want you to know that we always will. We hope you have a fantastic second birthday and have all the fun in the world. We cant wait to see what your third year brings, but no matter how old you get, you will always be our little boy.
Loving you always Smushy,
Mum and Dad


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  • Reply Sara @ Handy Herbs June 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

    That is such a great post! I love the idea of doing that.It will be so amazing to look back on it in years to come for Dexter in particular. The love you have for him shines out. Happy birthday Dexter! #TheList

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 5, 2015 at 11:03 am

      I did a very similar one for his first birthday too. It was great reading the differences 🙂

  • Reply Mudpie Fridays June 6, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    What a lovely post such a nice idea and brilliant keepsake. Happy Birthday Dexter. xx #TheList

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 7, 2015 at 12:03 am

      I did one last year for his first birthday too. Feel free to have a read here

  • Reply Hannah Mums' Days June 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Ooh you got me right at the end there with the excited to see you in the morning bit!! A lovely, lovely post. Dexter is going to LOVE reading this when he’s older! Thank you for linking up to #TheList xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Hehe, I closed our bedroom door fully last night so when he came to us this morning,he couldn’t open it so instead he knocked and said hello. It was the cutest thing!

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