Sunday, June 10, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Judah!

Judah Birthday

Judah's due date was actually two years ago on this date, June 10. How blessed we were that he decided to come 10 days early and on my mom's birthday, May 31! That made it an extra special date for my whole family. This year we celebrated Judah's first birthday away from our friends and family back home. It was bittersweet knowing that this is the first of many that we'll spend away but I wanted to be sure our family still felt like they were a part of his special day.

We started off the day with a few presents and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We even had a group Skype call with my mom and dad while they were at work. That was a lot of fun! He would say, "Mamaaaww, Papaaawww!" Later on we got to Skype with Mamere and GG and she played the piano and sang happy birthday like she does with all the grandkids. He loved it!

Judah Birthday Party 1

We decided to have his party down at Queens Park in New Westminster which is walking distance from our house. They have a great playground area and even have a petting zoo that just opened up a few weeks ago. There are lots of picnic tables nearby so we got there early that Saturday and snagged one. We invited a lot of our new friends and everyone pitched in and brought some food or drinks to help out. We had a great time and felt blessed that so many people came to celebrate with us!

We lit candles and sang happy birthday but he doesn't quite have the blowing candles thing out yet. He did his best though.

Judah Birthday Party 2

He got a lot of fun gifts like a wiffle ball and bat, airplane, helicopter, tool belt full of tools, cars, trucks, clothes and books. He's stocked up! All the kids had a lot of fun playing on the playground and exploring the petting zoo. We still can't get him to pet a goat though – one day!

Judah Birthday Party 3

Two year stats
26.7 lbs, 15th percentile on height, 50% on head and weight
  • Talking A LOT and using lots of short sentences. He can mimic anything you say - watch out!
  • His favorites right now are: I do it!, Cuh cake (cup cake), I pay paak (I play park), Nooo stop it Maaamaaa, I pee potty, Bye bye I see you....laateeerrr, saying bye to things: bye bye pee pee (when we flush the toilet), bye bye copter (helicopter), bye air pane (air plane)
  • He loves climbing on everything, especially up the ladders and ropes at the park and going down slides. He can now run and jump and asks for help ("I help!") when he can't climb up or get down from something that's too high.
  • He remembers people even if he hasn't seen or been around them for a while. A few people have babysat for us and days or weeks later he'll say, "where's Kristen?" or "where's Aunt Joan!?" and of course he's always asking for Mamaw and Papaw
  • He loves music and dancing and often comes home singing and doing hand motions from a song he's learned at daycare
  • He also loves saying prayers and insists on saying them every night before bed. He even pretends to pray by himself and while he's praying we'll hear him going through a list of all the people he knows, praying for them. It's so cute!
  • He has also learned that Thomas and I have other names besides Mama and Dada, and he's picked up Mom, Dad, Mommy, Daddy and even the dreaded Thomas and Leslie! I was in my room with the door shut the other day and he knocked and said, "Leslie!" What are we going to do with this kid?
  • He's learned how to open and close doors, as the knobs here in our apartment are pretty low.
  • He still loves watching Sesame Street videos, especially Elmo, but now he also knows Cookie Monster and Grouch. He also knows who Thomas the train is somehow, I'm assuming from his daycare class.

Elmo shirt on his actual birthday, wearing his tool belt

Year two was amazing with Judah and just like everyone says, every stage is just the best. I still look at him and can't believe he's ours. I love him with every fiber of my being and can't imagine life without him. He's the most special thing that's ever happened to us, outside our relationship with the Lord of course. What an amazing blessing and picture of the Father's love for us. He reminds me of that every single day. Thank you Judah for being such a sweet and amazing boy. We love you!


Joy Dellinger said...

Love the pictures & the posts of Judah's birthday. They grow up so fast! He is a handsome fella. Glad to see everyone enjoyed the party. Keeping all of you in prayer.

Kristel said...

Awww. He looks like he had a great birthday!

Jeni said...

Happy Birthday Judah! I can't wait to meet you! :)