Angela Amman

Dylan Do is Turning Two

Some of my most heartfelt posts are cushioned with this button:

Linking up with Shell and her lovely group of readers allows me to spill my random thoughts in a supportive environment, and I am so honored to be sharing some of my heart over at Things I Can’t Say today.
I’d love it if you came over and read about how I felt when snuggling this little cutie.
If you’re visiting from Shell’s place, feel free to wander around.  Sometimes I worry, sometimes I gush, and sometimes I wonder how to get through it all.

And speaking of cuties? Look at this little guy!

Dylan Patrick
leaving the hospital

Dear Dylan,

Today you are two.

You are curls I can’t bear to cut.

You are trains and dinosaurs, one in each hand.

You are a willing companion to Abbey’s imaginative games, grinning and laughing and following her lead, even when she’s calling you a prince or taking you to yoga class.

You are burgeoning speech, surprising us with your words, pronouncing “dine-sore” before simpler words of less importance to you, sweetly adding “please” with each “more,” making it a little thrill to hear you ask for more milk at dinner, even though I’ve sat down mere seconds before the request.

Dylan’s first birthday party
that shirt was never the same

You are “DD!” when you spot your reflection and the mispronunciation of Abbey into Addie that I just can’t correct quite yet.

You are frustrating laughter when I tell you “no.”

You are a heavy head on my chest when you’re exhausted and spontaneous hugs and the always endearing “Care-You” when you want to be snuggled onto my hip instead of walking outside yourself, though you run quickly from us whenever your feet hit the ground, turning to laugh with glee as someone chases you back to safety.

You are singing along and bouncing in rhythm to the music.

You are paging through books and sinking warmly into my lap to hear “A Fish Out of Water” or “Hop on Pop” or “Curious George Rides a Bike.” Again and again and again.

You are such a boy, when I was a so nervous about raising a boy.

December 31, 2011

You are the contradictions of loud yells and the stillness of sleep under your favorite blanket, a mix of frantic energy and contemplative play.

You are my heart, little Dyls.

Today you are two.

And you are so loved.

Love Always,


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sweetbutterbliss January 6, 2012, 4:40 am

What a cutie! We are working on please with my almost two year old. She says thank you or welcome instead. I figure at least she has the concept of manners. 

KathleenBasi January 6, 2012, 6:35 am

I love the heavy head…so precious! And what a lovely tribut he'll always treasure.

Miss Marina Star January 6, 2012, 7:07 am

Sons are amazing. You are already enjoying him so much, it only gets better from here.

shellthings January 6, 2012, 7:28 am

He is such a doll! Happy birthday to him!

molly January 6, 2012, 7:28 am

So very sweet. I love posts like this. They always make me tear up. I swear, time moves so fast that if you blink – you'll miss it.

Emmy January 6, 2012, 8:24 am

Came from Shell's- happy birthday to your little guy.  He is so cute.   And yes boys and girls are different but there is still something so special and wonderful about them.  Loved your post at Shell's

Angela January 6, 2012, 10:36 am

Thank you so much for visiting 🙂  It's funny how they're so magical in such different ways!

Angela January 6, 2012, 10:37 am

I know.  How is it even possible that I have a two year old?  I feel like I JUST had him.  For real.

Angela January 6, 2012, 10:38 am

Oh, thank you 🙂  He is currently wearing chocolate frosting, though he doesn't really eat it.

Angela January 6, 2012, 10:39 am

Dylan will now say "Thank you you're welcome" instead of just thank you.  I die of the cuteness 🙂

Angela January 6, 2012, 10:39 am

Well, it is hard work having Happy Birthday sung to you 🙂

Angela January 6, 2012, 10:39 am

If we could get him out of diapers, I would be even more thrilled 😉

Julia Hunter January 6, 2012, 11:15 am

Stopping by from Shell's … I loved this post. I too worried so much about raising a boy, and now I can't imagine anything else.

Kristen January 6, 2012, 3:06 pm

Oh so cute! I always wanted a boy. I have two older brothers and just adore them so I thought it would be great to have a boy. Instead, I have two wonderful little girls and just borrow my friends' little boys when I need to. Happy 2nd birthday to Dylan!

Angela January 6, 2012, 6:20 pm

Thank you for coming by!  Before he was born, I had their (obviously mistaken) feeling that I'd raise all girls.  Now I can't imagine not having his little whirlwind of a self around.

Angela January 6, 2012, 6:21 pm

Thank you 🙂  We had a fun day here!  Boys and girls both have their own special magic, don't they?  At least when you borrow them, you don't have to worry about cleaning up after them!

Gayletrini January 6, 2012, 6:41 pm

Happy Mommivesary to you ! and Happy Birthday Dylan

Kimberly All Work No Play January 6, 2012, 9:29 pm

Aww this is such a beautiful letter to your boy.
Happy Birthday sweets!! The fun really begins when you're two!

Bridgettonalee January 7, 2012, 7:49 am

Aww you made me cry!  Such a gorgeous letter!  He's a lucky boy to have you as his Momma!

Natalie @MamaTrack January 7, 2012, 6:38 pm

Happy birthday, Dylan! And congrats, Mama! He's perfect.

Angela January 7, 2012, 6:52 pm

Oh thank you!  We both had a good day 🙂

Angela January 7, 2012, 6:53 pm

Yes!  The fun is really starting for him now.  Things are going to go downhill for his sister now that he's starting to realize he might be able to tell her he does, in fact, mind when she takes his toys 🙂

Angela January 7, 2012, 6:55 pm

Aw, thanks my friend.  I feel lucky to get to be his momma 🙂

Angela January 7, 2012, 6:56 pm

Thank you Natalie!  I think he's pretty amazing, too 😉

momof12 January 7, 2012, 10:48 pm

Love this post! You are a good mom. Happy Birthday little guy.

Jessica January 8, 2012, 4:30 pm

So sweet. Happy birthday!

jessica January 8, 2012, 6:27 pm

Such a beautiful letter, Happy Birthday Dylan!

funnyorsnot January 8, 2012, 10:06 pm

There is just something about little boys.  You captured it perfectly.  Happy birthday to your Dylan.

Kimberly January 8, 2012, 10:44 pm

So very sweet!
I hope he had a wonderful birthday!

Sweaty January 9, 2012, 11:08 pm

Happy belated birthday to Dylan!  How much you've grown!  And yes, your mommy was right… you are SO loved! Big hugs to that son of yours, Angela!