Letter To My 2 Year Old On His Birthday

This is a letter to my son who is going to turn 2 in three days. This letter is meant for my son but I thought it will resonate with every parent, no matter what age their kids are.

Letter To My 2 Year Old On His Birthday - My Son My World - Growing Up

Dear D,

I never finalised a name before you were born. A part of me was superstitious, while the other part never found any name that sounded perfect for my baby.

When you were born and I chanced upon this name, it immediately felt right. It signifies star. You have been and will always remain the star of our lives, the centre of our universe.

I cannot believe you are two already! Two years is a long time and then not really. It is hard to remember how life was without you. But no matter what, it wasn’t this beautiful!

This letter is not about the milestones you have crossed, because how does it matter whether you started walking at 1 or 1.5 years. This letter is a celebration of our life together in the last two years.

It is unbelievable how much you inspire me every day, and in how many ways. I never felt the need before but now, I want to be perfect. I want to be someone who you could be proud of. I want to be that place in your life where you can always come when you need unconditional love, understanding and warmth.

Every day is special and every moment is precious with you. There are more than hundred reasons to be thankful for this day. Let me count some.

I am thankful for every single day I get to spend with you. Your curiosity, your innocence, your quest for learning, your determination to master every skill make every day challenging as well as blissful. I am just glad I don’t have to rush anywhere else. I feel privileged to be able to live those moments with you.

A child giggles with all his heart, without any care in the world. I am thankful for those giggles which fill my home and my heart with joy.

This year you are going to start playschool and your world is going to expand. Till now, we were your world – mom and dad. But as you cross the threshold of home for school, your world is going to change forever. I am the world for you today, as you will remain mine; but as you grow up, make new friends, learn new things, there will be a world beyond us. It is incredibly exciting as also it is a little sad for me. Let me be thankful, therefore dear one, to have enjoyed those moments in life when we had each other’s attention all the time.

I have been guilty sometimes of feeling irritated when you pull me from all sides for attention. But sweetheart, even then, I never take those times of togetherness for granted. I know this time is special and it is never going to come back.

I have so much more to say. But this is all that I will say today. Because words can rarely articulate what a heart feels. And I am afraid I would go on and on.

I just hope I can remember the finer nuances of our daily lives, the fun we have, the many adorable things you do. I hope I can hold the beauty of these moments in my heart forever. I hope I can remember much more than a photograph or a video can ever capture.

Happy 2nd Birthday, my Star! May you live a life of happiness and contentment.

Lots of Love!


Reema Sahay is a Stay-At-Home-Mom, Freelance Writer, Voracious Reader, Passionate Blogger, Social Media Enthusiast, Internet Junkie and Ex-Marketing Communication Professional. She spends her days running after her very curious toddler, ‘the star’, and catching up on books when he naps. She writes about charms and challenges of life at Pen Paper and shares her passion for books at Recommend Books. She sometimes feels that her 5.5 years stint in Marketing Communication was in another life

  • awww so touching! Happy Birthday to the Star of your life!

  • Reema, wishing you little bundle of joy lots of love and happiness for all times to come. It’s a beautifully worded letter, with emotions of love and wonder oozing through every sentence. PS – May I “plagiarise” it for when my son turns 3, next year March? 🙂

  • Thank you so much Sakshi for the lovely wishes 🙂
    Please feel free to plagiarize. But frankly, looking at your writing skills, I feel if you get down to it, you will do a better job.

  • Happy birthday D, you are really lucky to have a mom like this who manages to key her thoughts so articulately.

    BTW, my lil R turns 2 on Aug 25th, and I therefore would like to think we are sailing in similar boats 😀

    • Thank you so much. I am glad it touched a chord. And it means so much to me because I fancy myself as a writer 🙂
      Oh then definitely we are on similar boats. It is so difficult to hold onto these moments no matter how much you write down, click pictures or take videos. It never feels enough. I always have a surreal feeling that one day he will no longer be this little who talks gibberish all the time, and he will be all grown up 🙁

  • Wonderful…. Wishing very happy birthday to little Mr. D, and very happy parenting to the proud mom and dad.

    • Thank you so much Prasad! To come to think of it even we are 2 now – 2 years of being Mom and Dad 🙂

  • Reema,

    Beautifully written!

    My son turns 2 in September and I have been wording this letter for a while now. Looks like you have peeped into my heart and written this…how soon do these kids grow up!

    Makes me also realise that motherhood is really then a universal emotion.

    • Hi Rituparna,
      Thank you so much. It is a huge compliment if you feel I have been able to translate even 20% of what we feel.
      You know, my initial plans were that both of us would write a letter to him on every birthday. I kept thinking about that perfect letter and I totally missed the first one. Thank god, I decided to write it here, and that is why it is done. Now, time to get behind the Dad to finish his 🙂

  • Nischala

    Happy Birthday to your little one.. And congrats to you as parents.. As a general practice, if the baby is less than 3 years – my wishes are more for the parents than the kids :). Full marks to the parents (esp. mom’s) for just getting there !!! .. Enjoy and Have a Blast. And yeah! Hope you 3 wear the same T-shirts on the special day, and your cake comes out delicious 🙂 .. Maybe in the next post , you should write about how you actually celebrated the day 😉 – Nischala

  • Thank you so much Nischala. Ha ha you know how it is 🙂
    Yes, we are all set but really, so far we have opted for no-frills birthdays for the little one. We are not that social and he is yet to make his own friends. I would hate to attend to guests on the day he deserves all the attention. So, we will just chill out, and ensure he enjoys a lot. I really hope the cake turns out well. I bake may be 6-8 cakes in a year. So fingers crossed 🙂

  • Swati Nitin Gupta

    Hi Reema,

    Ask me! My son will be turning five on Aug 31st and he still likes to talk in those baby tones when he is feeling extra indulgent. He says I want to go back in time when I was 2 years and relive those moments when you used to be all lovey-dovey with me. Now most of the time you are scolding me. (I am writing a post on that too).

    Loved reading your beautifully worded letter. Yes enjoy these moments for these turn into treasured memories pretty soon.

  • Ha ha I know what I am finding hilarious now is going to come back to me in few years! I would love to read that post of yours.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂

  • Wao, Wao, Wao. Happy birthday to the star. I am too motivated to write my letter also after reading yours. Hope the day would be great, & your stay enjoys a lot. And yes the rainbow cake will turn out awesome, good luck 🙂

  • Thank you so much Sweety. You must write that letter. There are 2 reasons. I think you have a daughter, right? I know daughters are gonna love those letters when they grow up. I am hoping my son would too. The second reason is you. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be to read what you wrote for your child years ago when he/she was very young? It will freeze time for you.
    I know all the good wishes will make my star’s day bright and memorable 🙂

  • What a heartfelt letter!!!! Loved the way you said a lot but not really wrote a lot 🙂

    • Thank you so much Smita. And thank God! since I have the tendency to go on and on 🙂

  • So beautiful Reema, loved it! And it really sums it up so well. It’s so amazing this relationship and there’s so much more but still it feels sad to leave behind this beautiful phase in their lives.

  • Thank you Aloka! It is such an important and special time in our lives when our kids are small, enjoying little things everyday and creating an anchor for their lives.

  • Very honest letter.. Reminds me of the time when my kiddo was if that age.. Seems so long ago :-)so you have finally decided on a play school? All the best to star n u as parents. It’s a major milestone!!

  • Thank you so much Divya. Yes, it seems like yesterday when he was born and he is 2 already!
    But I haven’t decided on the playschool yet but yes, I decided that I would send him from this December. I am really anxiety-filled about it. Thank you so much, I need all the wishes 🙂

  • Aditi Mathur

    Just read it and loved every word. Happy Birthday to D, may your star shine brighter every day 🙂

    • Reema Sahay

      Thank you so much Aditi 🙂