On the first of December two years ago, our house was quiet as we awaited the birth of our precious first son. Little did we know that less than two years later, that same house would be filled with the sounds of, not one, but two little boys.
I'm a bit wistful this year as we prepare to celebrate J.'s second birthday, and I can't believe how much he's grown. He no longer looks like a cuddly baby, but has become a little boy before my very eyes. He's studious, sweet, and incredibly loving to his younger brother. J. misses no detail and has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, so this year, instead of toys more suited for children his age, we're getting him a few objects that, hopefully, will last a while: an emergency weather radio and a real wristwatch.
And there's also the Big Wheel, because he's still a toddler, after all.
*from "Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor