Bailey comes from George Bailey, Jimmy Stewart's character in It's a Wonderful Life, which is one of mine and my Dad's favorite movies. It was decided near the end of my pregnancy, mainly because we're suckers for alliteration and rhythm. We never could agree on a girl name but didn't worry too much because we felt sure he was a boy.
When Benjamin was born, his dark hair was thin and looked more like the receding hair line of an older man, than the growing one of a newborn. In fact, he had a very old man look about him, especially when viewed from the backside without his diaper.
Little Benji is two years old today, and a total ball of energy. His personality is still pretty laid back, but we rarely see any of those old man signs anymore. His latest trick is learning to jump. He can't quite get both feet to leave the ground at the same time, but he sure has a blast trying.
I'm sad that my baby is no longer a baby, but one thing I've learned from my other two kids is that the more they become their own person, the more there is to love about them. So here's to you little Bubs. May all your jumps bring laughter, may the landings be smooth as your skin, and may your name always be loved. Happy 2nd Birthday, Benjamin! Love, Mommy