Sunday, May 5, 2013

Katie is 2!

It is hard to believe, but today we celebrated Katie's second birthday.  For us, it was our first time celebrating a birthday with her.  I cannot believe how fast time is going.  It has been nearly a year since we met, and 9 months since we have been together.  Right now Katie is hitting those "terrible 2's".  If something does not go her way, it is a full blown tantrum!  The other struggle now are the constant illnesses that she has been suffering from.  I'm not sure if it is the climate change or there are more germs around, but this cold and flu season has been tough on her with a grand total of 3 stomach flus and several cold/fevers.  She is having a hard time again with sleep and general crabbiness because of the illnesses, and I think combined with her difficulty to communicate (still babbling, we have no idea what she is saying) I can tell she is getting frustrated that we don't understand what she wants.  We hope summer brings a change for the better so we can have our happy Katie back!

We celebrated Katie's birthday today with a small party and what I was most excited to share with her was the American tradition that is normally part of a 1st birthday party celebration.  I'm talking about when the birthday child gets their own cake to go nuts on with their hands!  Of course, Katie wound up being so dainty with touching her frosting, but nonetheless, it was fun to be able to celebrate this milestone as a complete family.

The other fun tradition I have started is a reenactment of pictures.  I noticed that I had a picture from the day Katie and I met, as well as a picture from gotcha day, that look nearly identical.  I am holding Katie in the exact same position and I am wearing the exact same top in both pictures.  So I have decided to take the same picture every year on Katie's birthday.  I wore the same top this morning and we completed our reenactment.  It will be so neat to take these pictures every year and watch our ages progress.
The day that we met, in June 2012.
Gotcha day, September 2012.

Our 1 year picture!  May 2013.

Happy birthday Katie!