An Open Letter to My Terrible Two

Dear Timmy,

Today you reach the age that most people call as “terrible two.” I couldn’t agree more. You gave a positive spin to being terrible, sweetheart. πŸ™‚ Each day you are becoming terribly smart, terribly funny, terribly sweet, terribly joyful, terribly sociable, and so much more! You’re being terribly cute is a bonus to your already terribly wonderful personality. πŸ™‚ See, you really embody everything positive about being a “terrible two.” πŸ™‚

My baby boy is now a toddler! :)

My baby boy is now a toddler!

Going into your second year is a fun ride for me and your dad. It’s a year of precious milestones. You started to walk when you’re a little over a year old, around one year and two months to be exact. Most of your Sunday School classmates in the toddlers room “outwalk” you but when you started walking you “outran” them. πŸ™‚ You’re not a runner, my little man. You’re a sprinter! You leave me and your daddy breathless, literally. πŸ™‚ You have this bouncy gait whenever you run. Sometimes you just run back and forth in our house. Whenever you see a big space, may it be a mall or a vacant lot, you squeal in delight and run without looking back. πŸ™‚ I sometimes call you Timmy the Explorer because you are just so curious about everything! You explore the stairs, sockets, gadgetsβ€”anything you can lay your hands on. I guess it would be fitting that I describe further the terrible things about you that I mentioned earlier so that when you get to read this someday you’ll know what you were like as a budding toddler. πŸ™‚

Timmy the Explorer

Timmy the Explorer!

You are terribly smart. You easily comprehend things. You’re already talking, by the way. πŸ™‚ Your first words are “dada” and “daddy.” You only say “mommy” when you’re crying or when you’re in distress. You can say “mama” casually, though. πŸ™‚ You say a lot of things now. You love to count! You love it so much you even count in your sleep! Hahaha! Your dad even used your love for counting to continuously brainwash you to love the NBA. You see, there are game highlights being ranked weekly. You love watching it because there are big numbers being shown before each highlight! Plus, the plays run for a few seconds only so it fits your short attention span perfectly. πŸ™‚

Timmy watching NBA highlights :)

Timmy watching NBA highlights

You can identify our immediate family, like your grandparents, titos, and titas. Aside from that, you can also identify the different parts of your face and body. You know your colors, too! You love the sensation of feeling things that are hot and cold. Every time I blow on your food, you will say that it’s hot. When you touch something cold, you immediately put your hands to your cheeks! You know the names of our family dogsβ€”Yogi, Tito Jc’s dog; Rocky, our dog who recently passed away; Snowy, mommy’s dog. You love dogs but we couldn’t get one because of your asthma. Someday, sweetheart. When you’re old enough to take care of one, we’ll find a hypoallergenic dog for you. πŸ™‚ Right now, you just might end up treating him like your toys, tossing and throwing it around. Besides, I don’t think mommy can take care of two boys (you and daddy) and a dogβ€”that will be I.N.S.A.N.E. πŸ™‚ You also hum and sing. You’re not much of a dancer, you don’t even groove. Your dance moves involve some jogging and skipping only. πŸ˜› However, you can easily pick up tunes and hum them back. πŸ™‚

Timmy loves animals! :)

Timmy loves animals!

You can identify animals, too! This is the reason why for your second birthday we brought you to Manila Ocean Park where you got to see thousands of fish, colorful birds, a couple of sea lions, and some penguins! You went wild screaming and running in the Oceanarium. You kept shouting “fishie!” πŸ™‚ Your dad even said you might end up losing your voice for the day but thankfully you had a lot of reserve. πŸ™‚ You still love books and it’s the staple thing we buy for you regularly next to food. Haha! You can entertain yourself just browsing through all your books. I particularly love it when you bring your books to me and ask me to read them to you. πŸ™‚ I can only imagine how much joy you’ll have when you get to read on your own. Oh, the places you’ll go, Timmy! πŸ™‚

Timmy enjoying Manila Ocean Park :)

Timmy enjoying Manila Ocean Park!

You are terribly funny. You have a knack for saying something random but fits just right to an ongoing conversation, making us wonder sometimes if you understand what we’re saying. πŸ™‚ You parrot certain words with precision just like when your daddy said, “Anak ng teteng” when the game he was watching was cut by a commercial. You immediately said the same thing with the same tone! Hilarious! When I said “gosh” one time, you kept repeating “gosh” after. You also love making funny and goofy faces. πŸ™‚ You can even make yourself cry for the sake of drama. You do it with tears streaming down your cheeks! Then you’d stop and do some goofy face again. Haha! You can walk like an old man which is really funny. πŸ™‚ You get jealous when daddy hugs mommy so what you will do is hug me or ask that you be carried or join the family hug. πŸ™‚ When we pray before meals, you always check on me and daddy (mostly daddy) if we already stopped what we were doing so we can pray. πŸ™‚ It’s both funny and heartwarming at the same time. πŸ™‚

Our funny baby :)

Our funny baby!

You are terribly sweet. πŸ™‚ You give random hugs and kisses to me. Sometimes you would even hold my face with both hands then kiss me with a sloppy wide-open-mouth kiss. πŸ™‚ Your daddy still has to ask you for a kiss. Haha! I think you know that you guys don’t normally do that. πŸ™‚ However, you don’t complain when daddy smothers you with kisses. You just don’t initiate that much with him. πŸ™‚ I get really “kilig” when you just hug me randomly and kiss me out of the blue. πŸ™‚ You still love sleeping on my chest although you don’t stay there that long anymore compared to when you were still a baby. πŸ™‚ A good 10 minutes is enough to put you in a deep sleep. You shifted the rest of the minutes snuggling on my side right under my armpit. πŸ˜›

Our sweet baby :)

Such a sweetheart

You are terribly joyful. You easily clap in appreciation and scream “Yehey!” when you see something you like. πŸ™‚ You are so easy to please. Any bottle with a cap or cover is a treat for you. You just love to open and close it. πŸ™‚ Any ball, regardless of size, makes you happy. πŸ™‚ That’s the NBA and daddy brainwashing working, right there. πŸ™‚ I must say you really are getting good at playing basketball. πŸ™‚ You already know how to dunk and make jumpers. Yes, jump shots, little MVP. πŸ™‚ You are now moving farther away from the ring and you really are making some shots! It’s really awesome to watch!!! πŸ™‚

Timmy is a happy toddler! :)

Timmy is a happy toddler!

You are terribly sociable. What a great improvement! From being extremely shy and afraid of people you now blow flying kisses to salesladies! πŸ™‚ It doesn’t take long for you to warm up now. πŸ™‚ You are still shy just like your dad but you’ve come so far that I have to say that you’ve become terribly sociable from a shy person’s standards. πŸ™‚

Our little trooper fighting the high fever.

Our little trooper fighting the high fever.

You are terribly strong. You are a trooper. We’ve had bouts with asthma about four times this year with each one lasting a week for you to recover. That didn’t stop you from having the energy to play and scream even if you’re on crib arrest. πŸ™‚Β  You also had a dengue scare but God in His mercy protected you from that sickness. In that small heart of yours is a fighter, Timmy. From the time you were bornβ€”two months early and two pounds heavyβ€”you know how to keep going. Jesus created a warrior in you. I really believe that. πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas! :)

Merry Christmas!

There are so many terribly good things about you, sweetheart. We are excited to see more of them this year. πŸ™‚ Happy happy birthday, my terrible two. We are beyond blessed to have you. We are humbled and privileged to be your parents. Whenever I see you, I am reminded that we have a good, loving, faithful, and gracious God. We love you so much, Timmy! πŸ™‚ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETHEART!!!

Much love,

Mommy πŸ™‚

  • marie
    Posted at 12:14h, 08 December Reply

    this article is so terribly sweeeeeet!!! Thanks for sharing Ivy

  • Freedomborn
    Posted at 18:11h, 23 April Reply

    Happy Birthday to dear Timmy, I feel all warm now inside, thank you Ivy for sharing Timmy with us, what a wonderful Terrible two Timmy is and what a wonderful Loving Mum you are.

    God bless you all greatly, Christian Love – Anne

    • Ivy San Diego-Guerrero
      Posted at 16:54h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks, Anne! It’s a great blessing to have him. πŸ™‚ He’s a ball of energy, too! πŸ™‚ Haha! Thank you for the kind words, as always πŸ™‚


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