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Elma at Two


To my lovely younger daughter,

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Two years ago today you arrived, a tiny mewling bundle of baby with a shock of dark brown hair that made you look like a baby penguin, in the nicest possible way of course. In your first year you learned so much, all that wriggling, crawlings, drinking, eating, well sort of eating, and lots of giggling,cuddles and enormous smiles along the way. I think we always expect the first year to be full of massive changes and growing, but your second year seems to have been just as busy. It’s crazy to me to think that this time last year you hadn’t started walking; right now you and your sister are running around the footstool in the lounge at top speed singing and dancing to the Frozen soundtrack.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

You’ve become so chatty too; every now and then you have another little language leap and we get a little flurry of new words. Most of the time we know what you’re saying though I suspect at least some of that is insider information about your point of reference; if we can’t work it out straight away it’s usually something to do with Frozen or it’s whatever you’re pointing at (at least I really hope that when you pointed to your cutlery last week the words coming from your mouth were “fork there!”).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And of course you’re taller.  I think you probably are catching up to Kitty a little bit, but as she’s spent her year having growth spurt after growth spurt it isn’t too noticeable when you’re next to each other, it’s just that you’re wearing clothes that I remember her wearing recently, and wearing as a big girl, not a baby too.

And as you become more and more alike in looks the older you both get, there are moments and more than a few photos that can make you do a double take just to check which little girl is which.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

In personality though you’re showing your differences.  You are my little miss independent; there is nothing you don’t think you can do if Mummy would only please get out of the way and let you have at it and anything you don’t want to do is met with a very firm look, occasionally a stamping foot, and a determined “No tank you!”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

You love to draw, with anything and on anything, and it’s even better if you get left to dump the crayon bucket out onto the floor when you can continue your quest to take the lids off all the felt tips in the house and hide them somewhere secret and unknown to either your parents or your siblings.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

In the last year you’ve started to join in when your sister sings action songs; right now your favourites are Twinkle Twinkle, Incy Wincy and just the one line from Frozen “for the first time in forever” which you’ll happily belt out on all appropriate occasions, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it at least once during a hymn on a Sunday morning.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But I think most of all you love to be outside. I might just have mentioned before how much you adore the swings, and then there’s the joy of face planting off the roundabout, playing on the rocking lion and zipping down the slide at top speed and that’s all before we’ve so much as mentioned walking to the park and stopping to check the grass by the side of the road, or the promise of teatime that has you hurrying home again.

You are sweet and you are fierce. You are loving, gentle with your little brother and so protective when any of your nursery friends come near him, incredibly caring to your big sister and just as determined not to be bossed around. You are my little baby and at the same time all toddler, and I wouldn’t have you any other way.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Happy Birthday sweetheart, I love you, and I’m so glad I get to be your Mum.

love Mummy x

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  • Louisa 12/12/2014 at 9:39 am

    Such a beautiful post for a special little girl. I did giggle about her hiding the lids on the pens, whenever something has been hidden in our house we ask our smallest who usually knows where it has been ‘posted’

    • Carie 12/12/2014 at 10:20 pm

      Same here – if you can’t find it, ask the girls!!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 12/12/2014 at 12:52 pm

    Happy birthday Elma! Gorgeous post and photos, and she really is starting to look at lot like Kitty, isn’t she. I did have to do a little gulp at the title of this post, as it means we are just a month and a bit away from having a two-year-old too!

    • Carie 12/12/2014 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you – she really is getting more and more like her sister! And yay for an almost two year old – they’re awesome!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 12/12/2014 at 8:22 pm

    Ha! This could be my Heidi all over… From the frozen soundtrack to the dumping crayons… Not perhaps the height though! A gorgeous post for the gorgeous Elma! Happy birthday little lady!

    • Carie 12/12/2014 at 10:16 pm

      thank you 🙂 – it’s funny we always think of Elma as being the littlest because next to the other two she is, but she’s still always been 75th centile plus for height!!

  • Vickie 12/12/2014 at 8:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Elma!

    Your post made me giggle Carie as you’ve perfectly captured life with a toddler. I’m glad I’m not the only mum searching for missing pen lids!

    • Carie 12/12/2014 at 10:15 pm

      Someday I know I’m going to open a cupboard or move a piece of furniture and they’ll all come cascading out!!

  • Caroline 12/12/2014 at 9:33 pm

    Happy Birthday! Even though Grier is a bit older than E they seem like they would get along famously, fierce girls:)

    • Carie 12/12/2014 at 10:11 pm

      I rather think they would! Fierce little girls are awesome!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 12/12/2014 at 10:24 pm

    Happy birthday little Elma, she sounds like Archie in so many ways, that I think it must be to do with being a second child. The felt pen lid scenario is all too familiar. I can see Kitty in her definitely but it sounds like she has a personality all of her own too.

    • Carie 12/12/2014 at 10:37 pm

      I think there must be a certain something about being the second – as an eldest myself it’s all new to me!

  • Louise 12/12/2014 at 11:34 pm

    What a beautiful post and such gorgeous photos to go with it too. Your comment about ‘fork there’ made me chuckle – Jessica used to shout ‘fug’ when she meant frog which sounded equally dodgy! Hope Elma had a wonderful birthday x

    • Carie 14/12/2014 at 12:39 am

      It’s that moment when they say something and you just pause for a moment and then ask “what did you just say!?” before you work it out isn’t it! Hopefully there weren’t too many frogs around when your Jessica was that sort of age!!

  • Sara 13/12/2014 at 1:51 am

    Such a beauty, your little one. I adore your photos and your words even more. You have such a lovely way of writing. (your little gal and my Betsy Grace would get along a little too well I think! They sound similar in the independent/hiding the marker lids kind of way!) 🙂

    • Carie 14/12/2014 at 12:37 am

      It’s turning out to be a universal second child thing this pen lid hiding – I’m beginning to suspect a conspiracy!

  • Mandycharlie 13/12/2014 at 10:24 am

    Wow, another year, how time does fly. Happy Birthday Elma. Loved the quilt, so pretty.

    • Carie 14/12/2014 at 12:35 am

      It really has gone at high speed hasn’t it!!

  • Donna 14/12/2014 at 11:10 pm

    Oh she’s so beautiful! You must be so proud, Happy Birthday little one x

    • Carie 15/12/2014 at 10:21 pm

      thank you – we definitely are!

  • sustainablemum 15/12/2014 at 8:00 am

    A lovely tribute to the birthday girl!

    • Carie 15/12/2014 at 10:13 pm

      thank you very much – she’s a very special little girl to us!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 15/12/2014 at 10:08 pm

    She’s beautiful Carie- I can’t believe she is two! I can’t believe that we are nearly at that stage with LL too. And what a little character she sounds. x

    • Carie 15/12/2014 at 10:17 pm

      It’s crazy isn’t it – and she’s definitely got her own personality and isn’t shy about making it known!

  • sally 15/12/2014 at 11:36 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to her, and she is looking so like Kitty now, but lovely that they’re such individuals. I always find it amazing, with mine, how different their personalities are when a) they share the same gene pool, b) they’ve all experienced very similar environments and c) they are so similar in physical appearance – they all have identical wonky little fingers from me for instance, never mind just facially, and yet inwardly they’re so different. Nature is just incredible.

    • Carie 19/12/2014 at 11:56 pm

      It is funny isn’t it – and so strange to me, I looked so very different to my sister growing up (though we’re a little more alike now) that the concept of siblings that are so obviously siblings is still a bit of a shock to me!