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Happy Birthday Twilli

August 7th, 2009 . by 21st Century Dad

front_porch_twilliIt’s so cliché, but it’s so true. Having children sends you into a vortex where space and time get grossly distorted. My truest of true loves turns 2 today.

I never heard a more beautiful sound than her first cries as she made her explosive entry into the world. She was so tiny, delicate, and precious. I could be happy freezing any given moment and having her stay that way forever, yet I daydream about what she’d be like as a 2 year old, 5 year old, pre-teen, teenager, and a young woman. Time would stand still, especially when she was throwing one of her epic tantrums. Then we’d reach a milestone and realize how fast it all seemed to have gone by.

The first year was marked by dramatic physical changes. She grew to 3 times her birth weight. All that thick dark hair fell out and was slowly replaced by her current golden-brown locks. She cut her first teeth. She was one super-duper chubby-wubby obviously-breast-fed baby for a while. She started crawling, then cruising, then she took her tentative first steps without help from mommy or daddy.

Between ages 1 and 2, it gets really interesting. She is growing cognitively. The rate of physical growth slows, but continues. She looks so tiny and so huge all at the same time. Twilli started to talk. She could say a few words. You could clearly ascertain from the context that she knew what she was talking about vs. mimicking what she hears.


“More? More?”


“Nurse! NURSE! NURSE!”

“Ooh, what’s this?”



Our relationship has moved into a new phase. We are communicating verbally. Lengthier conversational volleys are on the horizon.

As much as there is to teach, I have learned so much. I have opened my eyes to my own Korean heritage. I continue to eat garlic and insanely spicy food in large quantities. Twilli also enjoys some pretty spicy food for a toddler. There are many more lessons in store for me.

5 Responses to “Happy Birthday Twilli”

  1. comment number 1 by: Dad of Divas

    Happy Birthday Twilli, hope that your day is one to remember!

  2. comment number 2 by: Tyler - Building Camelot

    Happy Birthday Twilli!

  3. comment number 3 by: Corina

    I cannot believe it has been one whole year since the last happy birthday post! Happy Birthday, Twilli. I know that your daddy spoiled you with hugs and kisses.

  4. comment number 4 by: orlund

    Wow. I guess it has been a while since I checked your blog. Kid’s grow up so fast.

    I know what you mean by so tiny yet so big. Sometimes they look like a mini-adult. Special in certain cloths.

  5. comment number 5 by: Joseph Hoetzl

    Yeah, been a while since I looked at FeedDemon – but anyway, belated Happ Birthday to Twilli, and so true on the learning – most every day, something new comes out!

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