You are three today. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you.
We love watching your personality and sense of humor develop. There was a particular day, about a month ago, when I realized you are becoming you all on your own. We were running late to preschool. I couldn't find the keys because you had taken them off the counter and hidden them in a knit hat and placed the hat under other toys in the other room. (You are very active - some days you are able to move every single thing in the entire house, but we love your energy and curiosity.) After we finally found the keys (you remembered where you put them upon further prodding), we arrived at preschool about twenty minutes late. We approached the classroom to see your friends and teachers already playing. You stopped in the doorway and jumped, extending your arms, then shouted, "Surprise!" Your teacher turned to find you and gave you a big hug. She said, "you are the best surprise."
You realized that the class had started and then spontaneously used your sense of humor with the courage to speak to your whole class and teachers. I will always remember that moment when it became clear to me that you are not a baby or a toddler anymore. You are a little girl. Well, a little big girl. It suddenly seems that you being this grown-up shouldn't be possible. How did this happen so fast?
Daddy and I love your enthusiasm, your wit, your contagious excitement, your desire to learn, your negotiating skills, and so much more. But, the trait we are most proud of is how caring you are.
When baby sister was getting ready for her first bath, you dragged your little chair into the bathroom, and climbed up on the chair to help. You said to baby sister, "Don't worry, I'm right here." You told her you were her big sister. You are such a good big sister.
You show your concern for others. When baby sister was crying, you didn't want Auntie Carli to worry, so you explained to her with your serious look, "Babies can't talk, that's why she is crying." Once you said, "She's not sad, that's how she talks." Some things you understand better than Mommy.
Daddy and I feel so lucky that you are our daughter. You are changing so quickly, and although I want to keep you my baby forever, it is so fun to watch you grow.
Your vocabulary seems to expand everyday. (You actually know the word, vocabulary, too.) Some of my favorite words that you say are: wonderful, incredible, perfect, delicate, toxic, choking hazard, stable, quite, actually, seems, wonder, fancy, please, thank you, no thank you.
Some of your favorite books are: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site; Fancy Nancy; Gingerbread Baby; The Mitten; Berenstain Bears and the Dinosaur Bone.
Your favorite toys are cars, trains, blocks, and cranky the crane, but lately, you've enjoyed setting up a picnic and bringing your stuffed animals to the party. You recently became interested in playing go fish, old maid, and matching games.
|Always running. Here with your friends at your birthday party.|
I want to remember these days as vividly as I can. Happy birthday my "sweet and tiny peanut."