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February 19, 2009

FM IS TWO YEARS OLD

A SPECIAL TWO YEAR BIRTHDAY FM BLOG ENTRY
featuring, once again, lots of new material, original thoughts, and another year's worth of lessons and lore!

By now, of course, EVERYONE knows who this is all about! It's the two year birthday of the one and only...

FELIX...

MILO...

SHULDINER!

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Two years already, who can believe it! So much has changed. A year ago today we took this film of you taking your first steps...

...and this one we took just last week!

But let's take it one step at a time, so to speak. How, you ask, has the second year differed from the first? In some ways not so much. There was still...

...lots of eating...

...and bathing...

...and playing in good weather...

...and in bad.

You help out more with the work around the place...

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...but you still take the time to stop and smell the flowers.

And though you are sometimes a bit more finicky about what you eat...

...as always you will happily stuff your face if it's something you really like (look, it's a beetbaby!).

You will still fall asleep anywhere...

...if you're tired enough...

...but you have always preferred sleeping in your own bed where--a VERY important change--you are now sometimes inclined to sleep until the morning light!!!

We're not saying you give us uninterrupted nights every day of the week, but you do so a lot more often now than you did in your first year and in recognition of this we have once again rewarded you with a big BALLOON! Red this time, as you, with your new-found ability to name all the colors of the rainbow, will no doubt point out.

You are lots bigger (84 cm!), much more coordinated, faster and stronger in every way (though you sometimes get slowed down by a questionable choice of footwear).

Yes, you are able to throw and kick and jump and run and do yoga, but remarkable as are the physical developments the mental ones are even more impressive. Last year we hoped you'd start walking in time for your birthday, and you did. This year you (with lots of encouragement from Sesame Street) decided to learn the alphabet, or to make a good start anyway.

It's a huge step forward: a year ago you were but babbling, your only recognizable words "oof oof" (dog) and "dada" (sometimes the obvious, but not always), and for months there wasn't much more until you discovered "ow." Did you enjoy those weeks where you went around asking "ow" about every last thing to determine its danger potential? It was a bit tiring for us if you really want to know. But then, in just the last few months, you started coming out with word after word--some we taught you, some you picked up who knows where--new words every day. You began to express more complex concepts too, using words not only for the big things (mama, dada, ba) in your life but for their locations (up, down, "toptop") or possession ("mama eyes") as well and eventually for real abstractions (or still abstract to you) like numbers (you'll even go from one to ten with some reminders in between). This was followed in due course by two-word combinations--my favorite: "Fiem happy"--and then real sentences. Let me tell you, kid, no one ever really needs a more complicated sentence than "toast down light on." So welcome to the world of speech, Felix. OK, we don't always know what you mean right away, or even in what language you are speaking, but we always get you in the end.

But sometimes progress is painful and for sure you have had your share of troubles this past year, whether it was your first stitches...

...or, more recently, a nasty case of the chickenpox.

You've had a lot of new teeth come in this year too...

...and you don't always look your best...

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...but while there have been bad days...

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...difficult nights...

...mornings where you won't say a word until after your first cup of coffee...

...and some pretty weird moments...

...day after day...

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...the CUTE...

...just keeps coming through!

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And even when you do get into a bit of trouble...

...you can always charm your way right back out again.

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Has it been an interesting year for you? Certainly there have been many new experiences. You said goodbye to your first nanny, Gosia (though she still visits now and then)...

...and started school for two and then, at the wonderful Dromelot, three days per week; there you learn many important life lessons, for example that though the girls sometimes won't kiss you, Mama always will.

We want camping for the first time...

...a huge adventure...

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...you (mostly) loved.

We also started swimming...

...which you have taken to like a duck to water.

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Yes, you've discovered a lot...

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...of new things...

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...to love...

...this year.

And you've discovered a lot...

...of new...

...places, too.

But best of all you've met a TON of new people...

and seen a lot of old friends again as well!

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We feel sure you will always make more friends wherever you go...

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...so long as you're willing to extend a friendly hand.

What haven't you done yet, ever in your whole life? How about:

* Flown in a helicopter (though you sure do talk about it often enough)
* Said your middle name
* Had a haircut
* Attended an inauguration in person (though you did watch simulcast)
* Gone to any Dutch island other than Schiermonnikoog or Terschelling
* Felt regret
* Had a sibling
* Eaten a steak (though you have had chorizo!)
* Contemplated anything
* Gone poo poo in the toilet without freaking out
* Scratched yourself
* Let us sleep in

That's OK, maybe you'll manage all that next year!

Even now, at two years old, we still think you look a lot more like your Mama...

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...than your Dada...

(And more like Yaya than either of us!)

...but whatever you look like we promise we'll always be by your side!

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Keep going, little boy, keep going!

Posted by atshuldiner at February 19, 2009 7:47 PM

Comments

Happy Birthday Felix!! You are quite a charmer. What a great post, thanks for keeping us all up to date. I must say the living looks good out there.

Posted by: gizi at February 19, 2009 6:48 PM

Dear Felix,
Congratulations!!!
We wish for you to always be Felix and happy and enjoy life the way you have been up to now! We hope to watch you do that as closely as we possibly can and maybe hold your hand every now and then.
love, cisca,jorge,yone,dácil

Posted by: Cisca at February 19, 2009 8:47 PM

WOW! You have packed a lot into your first two years. Just imagine how many stories you'll have to tell this time NEXT year.
Hope I get to meet you some day.

Posted by: Jessica (Richards) Haynes at February 19, 2009 9:31 PM