Two years ago at 12:50 p.m., Sadie made her speedy entrance into the world and has had me wrapped around her finger ever since.
A mother’s love is the most unique thing; Halfway through writing that very simple sentence above, I started tearing up. My girls know how to twist my heart in a way that feels so unexplainable, but in a way that I know every mother out there can relate to.
Since so many of you have dearly followed along here since Sadie was born, I would love to tell you a few things about how special she is.
Her first word was Dada, and her second word was shoe. I kid you not. It’s quite fitting for her because she is crazy about shoes (hers and everyone else’s) and loves having them on her feet as often as she can. She is so girly at her core and loves all kinds of accessories. Picking out her clothes (and digging through her shoe organizer) is one of her favorite parts of the day.
Her comfort item is a ratty pink blanket that she named “Pink”, and Pink has been going everywhere with us for a year. She drags it around the house all day long, it goes in the car, and she sleeps with it. Jamie and I have no idea where it came from either. We know it was gifted to Hadley when she was an infant, but she never cared for it. Along came Sadie, and out of a couple dozen baby blankets we have, Pink was the chosen one (pictured below in her bike basket).
I wish everyone could spend time with Sadie in person because she will make you laugh your head off. One of her favorite things in the whole world is to say “Watch!” and do something that will make you laugh. And it works! She’s had this unique sense of humor since she was around six months old. She would do something that would make us laugh, and she was smart enough to know that if she’d do it again, we’d laugh again. Such proof that you cannot shape a kid’s personality. She was born a teeny comedian!
She eats as much as Jamie. She wants food all. day. long. It wears me out! Of course it’s typically nothing healthy, so if there’s anything that has made me want to bang me head against the wall with Sadie, it’s her constant nagging for food.
She has to give Mommy, Daddy, “sisher”/”Hah-ley”, and “Teh-E” a hug and kiss goodnight every single night. She makes her rounds, and she knows if she’s missed someone and will scream until she can get out of bed to go give hugs and kisses. It’s maddening… and really precious.
She loves to ride bikes. Absolutely loves it! None of them fit her super well yet, but she loves to be pushed on them or try her best to pedal herself. In general, being outside is her favorite.
She does everything in her own time, with some milestones coming later than we thought and others coming earlier. She is speaking in 3+ word sentences (i.e. “More snack, please!” or “Hadley, go away!”) but she refuses to recite any of her shapes or count in order (but she’s nailed her colors). Her milestones have all come at way different times than Hadley’s, which has reaffirmed for me 100 times to never compare them. They are unique from each other, and neither of them has a right or wrong timeline for when things should be “accomplished” by.
She prolongs nap time and bedtime, usually needing us to snuggle with her for 10ish minutes, but then she sleeps like a rock at night from roughly 7:45 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. She usually passes out for her nap around 1:15 p.m. and sleeps until 3ish. Getting her to sleep through the night as an infant was tough, but a combination of working with a sleep trainer + CIO worked magic.
She’s officially sleeping in a full “big girl” bed, and we can’t get enough of how sweet (and tiny!) she looks while sleeping in it.
We love this girl so so so so much. It’s almost scary how much I love her because I couldn’t fathom one single second my life without her. Sometimes I think to myself how important the role of a mother is in someone’s life, and how I am the one single person chosen to play that role for Sadie (and for Hadley). It’s incredibly humbling (aaaand terrifying).
Happiest 2nd birthday to you Sadie Rose! You are a dream come true. I can’t wait for you to read this post one day and see how much you have always been loved beyond measure. Let’s celebrate!
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo