This guy thinks it's okay to disobey. To do what he wants and to ignore his mom. This not-so-little boy was given strict orders to stop growing and to stay my little buddy forever. But, try as I may to instruct him to stay two-years old, he went ahead and kept growing and turned three.
THREE. (Wasn't I just nauseous and large and waiting for him to arrive?)
Two is always a precious age. But three? Three is when will and defiance and curiosity and independence take on a whole new meaning. I'm buckled in with firm resolve to stay in charge of this fist-clenching and rather mouthy little man during the coming year.
Because family lives far away and because of busy schedules around Christmas, this kid ended up celebrating his birthday four different times at different parties. That's a whole lot of cupcakes and presents... and a whole lot of love and kindness toward my little guy and I couldn't be happier that friends and family obliged.
Jaxton Isaac, two was a full year for you! Lots of road trips to fun places like Disney, Mackinac Island, Williamsburg, Atlanta, and St. Augustine.
Lots of learning to do new things like ride a scooter, ride a bike, play baseball (like nobody's business!), spell your name, and count to 20.
And lots of "big boy"accomplishments like potty training (such a champ!), helping with chores (master at vacuuming the stairs), and flourishing in your weekly co-op classes.
You continue to love all things sports - kicking, throwing, running, jumping, climbing - and turn every situation into an athletic event. Sometimes cute, usually creative, and always loud. You do your best to keep up with the neighborhood kids on your scooter, don't think twice about inserting yourself into a game of football with kids five times bigger than you, and cry when I won't let you wander the woods and creek along with your brothers.
I can't remember the last time you ate a complete dinner. You talk way above any other two-year old I know. You are captivated by Curious George and fire trucks. You are flexible and adaptable to our crazy schedule. And no matter where we go, you make a new friend or start a conversation.
Jaxton Isaac you are a treasure. A gift I hold close to my heart while also trying to hold outstretched to God's plans. You complete our family, you fill my heart, and you infuse laughter and spunk to people around you.
For ever and ever and always, I will keep praying that you do "not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers" but that you instead "delight in the law of the Lord" and "meditate on his law day and night." (Psalm 1:1-2)