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We all know our children torture us sometimes. They don’t mean to. It just comes so naturally to them.

Like Chase threw a 25 minute tantrum the other day. Just nonstop crying.

And I guess I’m really to blame because I wouldn’t let him eat sunblock. Man, did he want to devour that tube. I’ve never tried it but the SPF 55 must taste like marshmallow chocolate swirl or something.

But there was payback. Because you see Chase takes very very short naps. And there is no way Rick and I are going to let him sleep any of those precious 45 minutes in the car. Yet, no matter how short the drive, he always tries to nod off.

Oh crap. He’s gone.

Oh guess what?! Today is Chase and Harlowe’s 2nd birthday. I know. TWO YEARS! Two tiring, crazy, amazing years. In celebration, I’ve decided to start breastfeeding again. It seems like the cheapest way to get my boobs back.

I didn’t even realize their birthday was coming up until last week. Although the month of May should have been the tip off.

Today I plan to kiss Chase’s big lips and get as many of his bear hugs as I can.  And I will cherish Harlowe’s dazzling smile as she tromps around the house in two left foot princess shoes. I will gather them in my lap as I do everyday and read their favorite books. I will hold their hands, carry them and love them. And prevent them from eating sunblock. At least most of the time.

Happy Birthday you two. You light up our lives each and every day. xo

27 Responses to and then they were two

  • Love the video. I remember trying to keep my oldest awake on short drives. I got a $100 speeding ticket trying to zoom home to preserve a nap (and my sanity). That cop had no remorse.

  • awww. isn’t it amazing how they start like blobs and become…people? They achieve verticality and mobility and independence (that last bit is not all it’s cracked up to be, though, other than the whole toilet thing). congrats on keeping ’em alive for two years. I’d say your job is about finished. (you do understand that’s a joke, right?)

  • erinb says:

    Happy Birthday Wonder Twins!!! and congrats to you mama…its been quite a ride the last couple of years! you are a superstar! xo

  • Happy birthday twins! On your second birthday I give you this advice, stay away from the Walgreen’s brand sunblock. It tastes like brussel sprouts. The Coppertone baby sunblock? Delish! But I’m sure you already knew that.

    Happy day to you too mama!

  • Alex says:

    Happy birthday, Chase and Harlowe! You guys sure are cute. Hope you enjoy your big day. Eat lots of cake and indulge in a sugar frenzy. Nothing better. Have fun!!

  • Steph says:

    omigosh that video is hilarious! it is so ironic that when we want them to fall asleep they fight it (or at least one of mine did) and when we want them to stay awake, they nod off. Happy Birthday to your adorable 2-year olds. Congrats on a great job Mom & Dad (and to your assistants Dylan & Summer)

  • Kerri says:

    You survived a whole 2 years Kelcey! Plus all the other life experiences over the last 2 years. You deserve to do something for yourself for being there through it all, and sharing it all with us!

  • Lanie says:

    Happy, happy birthday! If you do start breast feeding again will be calling Time Magazine? Can you imagine that cover photo?

    Hugs and love to you all. xoxo

  • red pen mama says:

    melting from teh cute.

    and the video made me laugh. I did that sometimes with my first baby (or maybe the second, I don’t even remember). Now, when M falls asleep in the car, I take him out and dump him in his crib if it’s naptime. Granted, he will take 2-, 3-hour naps. Boy likes his sleep!

  • emily says:

    Happy Birthday Chase and Harlowe! I love the pic of them kissing through the glass- and yes we all can relate to trying to keep them awake until you get home. Ha! Doesn’t always work.

  • Nicole says:

    So sweet to see how close they are! Wonderful that they have eachother to grow-up with and to remember with later. I hope when they throw those temper tantrums, you’re able to look at them and have a little laugh knowing that they have no idea how silly they’re being b/c right now…life is sooo simple! (Not so easy at 100 decibles, right?)

  • Roberta says:

    Well, we use a little spray bottle with water….a quick spritz breaks them right out of the car-head-slumping-gonna-take-a-quick-nap thing FAST!

    Just like getting your cats off the furniture.

    Tried and tested – effective.

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