Porter Turns 2

Two years ago, at this very moment, we were a brand new family spending our first night at home. Porter had been born less than 24 hours previously and I’m pretty sure I was an elated wreck. My how far we’ve come!

In the very very beginning. We were very very tired.

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A year later…

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Today…

Tea party!
Tea party!

Tonight Aunt Anna came over and made Porter’s birthday cake, and while visiting she asked Porter the age-old birthday question, “Do you feel older and wiser?” I don’t know about Porter, but I’ve never felt as old and wise as I do today.

My parents asked me earlier in the day what I knew now that I didn’t two years ago. Of course the list is endless, but my response to them was, “I never knew I could be so tired.” The most unromantic response, ever. So I’ve been thinking about my good response to that question, and it sounds like this.

Until the past two years I never knew life could be so vivid. I feel the most unconditional love I’ve ever felt, since I was my own parents baby. The highs are higher and the lows are lower. Life has never been so very real, and there is no way in my past that I could have ever imagined the life I have now.

To really, intimately, watch a person become a person is the most profound human experience I’ve ever had. And to simultaneously be so proud of my child and so in awe of the pure power that he exudes, is breath-taking and inspiring. I’m still getting to know him more everyday, and everyday I’m more in love with him than before.

Porter is his own person now, and learning to respect that and help him grow into himself is the most challenging, exhausting and rewarding bit of life I’ve ever lived. He is a thriving, outgoing, energetic, curious and persistent fellow. I only hope I can do him and his spirit justice while he’s in my care.

In celebration of Porters 2nd birthday, all of Boise took a snow day! Or maybe it’s because of the unrelenting snow that just keeps falling. Either way it was a great day for fun. I did my best to document it in photos. If I was two, I’d think it was a very happy birthday.

Porter woke up to his first of two presents. An adjustable basketball hoop. It was a smashing success.
Porter woke up to his first of two presents. An adjustable basketball hoop. It was a smashing success.
This is what Big Kitty thought of bouncing balls in the house.
This is what Big Kitty thought of bouncing balls in the house.
After breakfast we went outside to shovel snow. As I was putting out snow melt I noticed small snow flakes. I thought it was so clever that it came out in the shape of flakes. Then I realized these were actual snowflakes from the sky. So cool!
After breakfast we went outside to shovel snow. As I was putting out snow melt I noticed small snow flakes. I thought it was so clever that it came out in the shape of flakes. Then I realized these were actual snowflakes from the sky. So cool!
Every season is wheelbarrow season.
Every season is wheelbarrow season.

"Look mama! Spider!" 2 is a truly awesome age.
“Look mama! Spider!” 2 is a truly awesome age.
The captain of the plane, pressing buttons on his control panel.
The captain of the plane, pressing buttons on his control panel.
We watched a squirrel on the fence, jump down and unearth his hidden nut. Porter assumed the appropriate crouched and quiet observing position. He was captivated the whole time.
We watched a squirrel on the fence, jump down and unearth his hidden nut. Porter assumed the appropriate crouched and quiet observing position. He was captivated the whole time.
We came in to warm up with a tea party and Bear.
We came in to warm up with a tea party and Bear.
Oatmeal chocolate chip birthday cake.
Oatmeal chocolate chip birthday cake.
He blew out the candles 3 times.
He blew out the candles 3 times.
He also made everyone sing Happy Birthday as many times as we could stand.
He also made everyone sing Happy Birthday as many times as we could stand.
My kid is the only one I know who is satisfied with 3 bites of cake. He left the rest in the bowl. My hero!
My kid is the only one I know who is satisfied with 3 bites of cake. He left the rest in the bowl. My hero!
The second birthday gift was a fishing ship for bath time.
The second birthday gift was a fishing ship for bath time.
It was a HUGE hit. Duh.
It was a HUGE hit. Duh.
My sweet pea. The best inspiration of my whole life.
My sweet pea. The best inspiration of my whole life.

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