Two years ago I became a mama...your mama. Two whole years we've been blessed with you, Kai. You have truly amazed us in so many ways but one thing I always come back to is how sweet and loving you are. Your hugs, kisses, and I love you's melt my heart. You are definitely a rough and tough little boy a lot of the time and are a big bundle of energy but at the end of the day, you always ask me for a kiss and a hug before you lay down for bed. I softly close your door with tears in my eyes every night...tears of joy...because you are my son.
This was a BIG year for you! We started it off by taking you to Disney World for the first time! You met Mickey and it was one of the most magical memories I've ever had. You had so much fun going on the rides and you loved eating all the yummy snacks...churros, Mickey pretzels, and Dole Whips were you're favorites...the classics! Your favorite ride this time around was Frozen Ever After at Epcot, which is very fitting because Frozen aka Elsa as you call it, is one of your favorite movies.
Speaking of movies...your all time favorite movie is Cars. We watch it almost every day. You not only love Disney's Cars but ALL cars. They are your favorite toy. You have an awesome Hot Wheels collection and are slowly getting a good collection of large Tonka trucks. Cars is probably your favorite word, too. You yell "CARS!" at any opportunity that you can and it never fails to make me smile. Ironically enough, our song "Find Everything" by Brad Paisley is from the movie Cars. We picked this as our song back when you were only 1 month old. You know this song by heart now, too. Every time it comes on you come over to me and grab my hand so we can dance to "our song."
You started walking at 15 months and said your first real words at 18 months. You love to talk and by now are saying some full sentences. One of my favorites is "I want to watch Star Wars!" You say "I love you" all the time, too, and it fills my heart right up.
We had a blast this past summer. You took swimming lessons where both me and your dad got to swim with you once a week. You had so much fun playing in the water that we even got you a little kiddie pool to play in out in our backyard. We probably played in it almost every day of the summer. We went to some carnivals over the summer and you discovered your love of funnel cake and ice cream, too!
Fall is your favorite season though. You LOVE pumpkins (orange is your favorite color, by the way), and you kept calling them balls all fall long. You eat pumpkin right out of the can and pumpkin pancakes are probably your favorite food...aside from blueberries. Blueberries are definitely your favorite food. You also loved going apple picking this year and picked the cutest little apples off the trees at Apple Holler. You were Boo from Monsters Inc for Halloween and we went trick or treating for the first time this year! Your favorite candy is Reese...a boy after my own heart!
We took you to your first movie this year, too, which was Toy Story 4! You were so captivated by it that we took you a few more times after that to see some Disney classics like Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. The most exciting movie we've seen with you so far though is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The joy your dad felt being able to see this movie with you in theaters was incredible. As soon as the movie started you were so excited and he read the rolling credits to you just like he always dreamed of doing with his son one day. You made that dream come true for him and it was so magical. You love Star Wars so much now and ask to watch it all the time. Any time we're watching it, you hum the opening song and it's the cutest thing ever. Your favorite characters are BB-8, R2D2, and Chewbacca...or Chew Chew as you like to call him.
Honestly though, my favorite moments with you are just the day to day ones. Every day after you wake up from your nap, we have a snack together. This past fall we started having apple cider together and now that it's winter we've started having hot chocolate together. I call them our hot chocolate parties. It is my favorite time of the day. Just spending quality time with you while we sip our hot coco and you play with all your toys in your room.
The biggest thing of this past year though is you became a big brother. You have taken on your role as Finn's big brother like a champ. Even before he was born you were so loving to him. You always gave my belly raspberries and would talk about "baby" all the time. You were so excited to meet him when he was first born and always asked to hold him. You went through a short period of jealousy, which is only natural, but you hardly feel that way anymore. You love Finn so much now, I can just tell. Every morning we both go in to his room and wake him up for the day. You always wait for me to pick him up so you can give him a hug and kiss before you run off to play. You bring him cars to share and always ask him to play with you. I didn't think it was possible to love you more, but seeing you as a big brother makes me love you a billion times more. You truly are the sweetest little boy in the whole wide world.
Thank you for making me a mama two years ago, Kai. Being your mama is the biggest honor of my life. I love you my sweet little boy, I love you with all my heart.
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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