Sweet Boy

Joe seems to enjoy being a 2-year-old! He has been even more fun than usual these past few days, laughing a lot and being super cuddly.

Giggling aviator

Our favorite new “trick” of his happens when we are all on the living room floor after dinner. Patrick and I lie on our sides, far apart but facing each other. Joe crawls to each of us, leaning in for a kiss from Dada before coming back to me for a Mama smooch.

He does a few laps of this, and it just thrills us to no end! (I know, I know — I need to get it on video!)

Birthday Boy

Joe had a lovely day!

The staff at Children’s Hospital, where he had his morning appointment, scooped him up at the door and sang “Happy Birthday.”

Afterward, we went shopping for some books and a cool Joe-sized chair, then ran a few errands.

Joe was still napping when Dada came home, but when he got up, we ate and had cupcakes!

Making a wish

Then … presents!

Patrick made a cool banner, and Joe sat in his new chair to open all his cool stuff:


After that, Joe was inducted into a very exclusive club. (He and Dada are the only members to date!)

Patrick has been working very hard on all the details, which he may or may not share with the rest of us.

Here is Joe, looking over the fine print:

Reading the rules

A great day for a great boy. Next thing you know, he’ll be THREE!

Two Years Old!

Hard to believe it’s been 2 years since we met this guy!

Joe has an appointment this morning, and then we’re off to Books-A-Million to pick out some birthday books. Tonight, cupcakes with Dada!

Birthday photos will be coming soon. In the meantime, how sweet is this:

Home again!

Patrick and I spent a few days in Savannah to celebrate our fifth anniversary and his graduation from grad school. Joe spent that time with his Nana and Papa, who were kind enough to send regular photo updates to my phone:



Now the three of us are back together in Virginia!

Savannah was beautiful, but after running out of sights to see, we checked out a day early and spent the last night in Wilmington, N.C. Pictures coming soon!