Mah bay-beee is twoooo

I know. I’m being ridiculous…

We sat at dinner tonight after the kids were in bed. It had been a long day. Many things had gone wrong. (And many had gone right.) You know the kind of day.

I was tired, but thankful to be eating a dinner that my husband made.

And then all of a sudden I burst into tears.


Because my baby is turning two tomorrow. Mah BAY-beeeee.

adorable two year old toddler

How did this happen? How has it already been two years?

When. did. he. get. so. tall???

No one has had such a dramatic impact on my life as this guy has.

The day he was placed in my arms changed me forever.

He turned my life up-side-down, and then right-side up again.

I love him so.

Happy birthday to my baby, my big boy, my precious firstborn son.

And happy birth day to me.


And because I’m all mushy and sentimental, would you please humor me and just look at how much he’s changed since last year?

adorable one year old boy

Dear friends, please tell me that I will reach a point sometime soon where I’m not crying on the eve of my children’s birthdays? *sigh* And for those of you ahead of me, what is/was your favorite thing about your child’s third year? Tell me what I have to look forward to…

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Taylor
    29 January 2012 at 2:53 am

    WOW! Seems like a week ago he was born, then yesterday he turned one… Time flies! Happy birthday Levi! Happy birth day Mommy!

  • Jessica
    29 January 2012 at 3:51 am

    I love both of these pictures and the accompanying words! No, I don’t think birthdays will ever get easier. I imagine I’ll always cry, feel sentimental, but also wildly excited and thankful for the years gone by. Happy Birthday to you both!
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  • Nessa
    29 January 2012 at 3:58 am

    Happy Birthday! I am hoping that they get a little easier… but betting they don’t.
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  • Queenie
    29 January 2012 at 10:56 am

    2 is such a fun age. Actually probably my favorite among the toddler years. 3 is much more, um, trying, so you’ve got a good 365 days before you’ve got to worry about that! HAHA.

    Happy birthday to your little big guy!
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  • Kirsten
    29 January 2012 at 1:22 pm

    It all goes by too quickly! I loved the speech explosion – our daughter’s vocabulary just rocketed off and it’s made everything all the more entertaining, helpful, and fascinating. You will love it!

    Enjoy celebrating your big boy’s big day!

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      30 January 2012 at 10:56 pm

      thanks kirsten! i’m loving the beginning of the speech explosion, but i don’t think we’ve really hit it yet. lots and lots of words… but still lots of mumbo jumbo too! it’s a very fun/exciting time!
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  • Rachel
    29 January 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Happy Birthday, sweet boy! Happy 2nd anniversary of mamahood, sweet mama!
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  • Erica
    30 January 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Awwwww Happy bday to your sweet boy! He’s adorable! My son also just turn 2 this month! I just found your blog and love it!
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  • Laura
    31 January 2012 at 10:27 am

    Happy happy birthday Levi! I love the annual photo you used, as well as all the adjectives. It’s a really sweet way to commemorate. As for Georgia’s third year, I’d have to say my favorite part was watching her sense of self develop. She started to have this independent streak, this fierce command over her own abilities. It can be frustrating sometimes, but it’s absolutely amazing to watch.
    I don’t know if you’ll keep crying every year, but I have to say, I still cried the night before G’s birthday this year, and I’m pretty sure I will next year too. Just sayin’… 🙂

  • Branson
    23 February 2012 at 8:54 am

    I am a little late to the party (as usual), but these photos are so awesome! I need to go back and do this for last year and remember on this bday!
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  • Kelly
    7 September 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Hi…how did you place your baby’s photo on the pic with the poem…that is so clever…thanks!

  • Jennifer
    22 January 2015 at 5:12 am

    How did you do that with the words on the pics? Mah bay-beees are turning twoooo next month and would love to do this for them.


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