Letter 1.6, 1.7 & 1.8

Dear sweet girl,

Um, yes, you’re 20 months old and I seem to have forgotten the past two months. But in my defense, there’s been a lot going on. Or better yet, just blame your little sister 🙂

I find myself thinking that you haven’t changed that much or things aren’t that different, but then I look back at pictures taken even just weeks ago and it’s like you’re a whole new person. The changes are so different than when you were a baby. Then, it was like you could actually see you growing overnight. Now, the physical changes happen slower but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve asked your dad, “Hey, did you teach her this?” And he says “No, I thought you did!.” Turns out, you taught yourself. That’s pretty awesome little girl.

The past few months we’ve pretty well learned all about the potty and you’re only in diapers at nap time and bedtime. I can’t tell you how nice that is! We do have the occasional miss, but that’s just part of life. You’ve also learned to run super fast, jump, spin, stand on one leg and dance your little heart out. I’m pretty convinced you’re going to be a gymnast. You love to walk along the curbs and practice your balancing.

Mr Brown Dog is still your constant companion. Now though, you love to play pretend with him. He goes to the potty too, drinks your milk, eats your snacks, and sometimes, he’s even naughty. Your love for books has just exploded. In fact, there have been many occasions when you’ve decided to skip nap time in favor of staying up and reading. One of the coolest things is that when we read with you now, we show you all the books and then you tell us what order you want to read them in. There’s no real rhyme or reason for your ordering, but it’s just so neat to me to see that you have an opinion on what order your books are read. I’m constantly fascinated by your opinions on things.

You have a lot of opinions by the way. Of course, you aren’t at all shy about vocalizing them either. You also love the word “no,” accompanied by a hair toss and a sassy tone of voice. Sometimes you’re so cute it’s hard to keep a straight face.

Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without talking about our move. With your sister coming along soon, we were just outgrowing our place, so we needed to find a new one. We weren’t able to find another house we liked, so we moved into an apartment. Kind of a bummer, since we really wanted a house, but really not such a big deal since we love the new place so much. We do miss having a backyard (you especially!) but the pool more than makes up for it! You love the pool so much you’ll probably turn into a fish by the end of the summer. Dada & I really love the pool as well. Although I like it more when Dada comes with us so that he can play with you and I can relax. You really haven’t found the joy in just floating around yet. 🙂

It’s hard to believe three months have gone by, because what that really means is that you’re three more months closer to being two and we’re three more months closer to being a family of four. You already love your little sister so much (or at least I’m pretending you do.) You talk to her in my belly, call her “sister,” say good morning to her, try to share your milk with her and give her kisses. I can’t wait to see you as a big sister. I can’t wait for the moment when I have both of my girls in my arms. You’re such an awesome kid, so amazing and so more than I ever imagined, that it makes it really easy and not scary to be excited about adding to our family. I love you so much and I can’t wait for that love to be doubled. I think you’re pretty much the coolest kid in the world and I can’t wait to see you be the coolest big sister in the world.

I love you so much (even if I don’t always write as often as I should!)

Love,
Mama

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