Sunday, August 16, 2009

ellie is 2

Yesterday was Ellie's 2nd birthday party and many presents and good company were enjoyed. I forgot my camera but I did take these this morning.


This gift was one of her favourites.

Ellie has grown so much in the past year. She's more outgoing and willing to talk with strangers (although usually, if you try to pick her up and you're not one of her parents, Uncle Jason or Grandbob, prepare for a scream). She's learnt lots of words and is contstantly impressing me with new ones. And she's so, so smart. I can reason with her now a little. Like one morning she got upset with me trying to undress her from her pajamas, and I said, "Pajamas are for sleeping. Do you want to go back to sleep?" and she thought about it, said "no" and then stopped struggling. It's fun watching her problem solve and think.

Then there are the cute things. One afternoon we were at a cafe and Ellie was struggling out of her chair, not listening to us asking her to sit down. Tim showed her the muffin we'd got for dessert. "Do you want some?" She stopped, then said "Sit down..." She's always telling me when things are in the wrong place, picking them up and telling me "away". Or kindly letting me know when she or someone else has spilt something by pointing and saying "mess". She's decided that hairs are "dirty" when found by themselves, so every time she finds one she gives it to me to put in the bin (which she calls "bim").

I don't know if the 'terrible twos' is yet to come, but she is quite a delight and I'm so proud of her.

8 comments:

Stepstotheleft said...

She sounds so lovely Hayley. Those photos are gorgeous! You two have clearly done a wonderful job. Mum says I never hit the terrible twos at all so maybe Ellie won't either. Happy Birthday to Ellie!

Bam Bam Creative said...

what a sweetie! Looks like you had a lovely day. It's so nice watching them grow up, it goes by so fast I can see why people have more of them...

We never had the terrible twos, but we definitely had the 'trying three's' where the will power is stronger, and the tantrums last longer! Fingers crossed you can by bypass all of those =)

Gina said...

She sure looks like a sweety. My 2.5 year old is still not terrible... he's trying sometimes but mostly I just marvel at him. What an amazing age.

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday for Ellie! She looks so much like you as she gets older! So adorable :)

Heidi and Seek said...

Steps - Thank you! Apparently I didn't ever get tantrumy either, so I have good hopes for Ellie. If she does get the terrible twos, I'm sure it'll be trying but I'll learn a thing or two in the process.

Bam Bam - We definitely did have a lovely day! Ooh the trying threes sounds.. trying. And a bit harder because they're older & more difficult to wrangle. We'll see how Ellie is at that age!

Gina - Aw, me too. It is defintely an amazing age, I'm sure I'll miss it once it's passed.

Kerry - Aw, thank you lovely!

Danielle from Beautiful Schlopp Glass said...

She is adorable! I didn't realize how close in age our daughters were. My little girl, Lyla, just turned 2 on August 3rd. It's such a neat age. You can practically see their brain growing! I love it! Happy birthday to Ellie!

Penny said...

She's so cute! Happy birthday Ellie :)

muchlove said...

aww, happy birthday Ellie :)
she looks adorable! and such sweet little stories too :)