Monday, March 16, 2015

Letter Month Thirty

Dear Charlie,
You are such a great little buddy and so much fun to have in our life. You make us laugh and impress us all the time with your verbal skills! You can hold a great conversation and really know your mind and speak up for what you want. I love it when you want something, ask for it, then say, "Deal?" to confirm that you will get what we discussed! I could go on and on with cute things you say and how well you put together sentences. You make up pretend things and tell me about them and you can accurately recount what happened while you were at school. While eating dinner you want to tell us about your day as much as Sissy tells about hers.
You love your school. Buckhead Prep has been a great place for you this year. The teachers take good care of you and you have learned so much. You have perfected counting (you go up to 20 now), know your colors, your shapes, sing your ABCs like a pro, recognize a few letters, and you sing nursery rhymes better than most adults! You amaze us with the things you know sometimes! You love to sing and pick up new songs quick. Jingle Bells is still a favorite of yours and you aren't shy about bursting out singing it even in February! You talk about playing with Morgan and Brooklyn at school and you LOVE to play tag when you go outside!
Christmas was really exciting for you this year! You were really pumped about Santa, Rudolph, and our elf, Rainbow Bobby! The toy part got your attention real quick and you kept asking if he would be coming back! I'm glad you were so excited to see Santa and had so much anticipation for the big night! You were sad when Rainbow Bobby left, but happy when he came back for Sissy's birthday. Speaking of birthdays, you are looking forward to celebrating yours! You have been telling us how much you want an Olaf party, at Chuck E. Cheese, with a blue cake! Yes, you know what you want, my man!
Your growth seems to have flattened out. You wear a size 2T or 3T in clothes, and a size 8 shoe. Your appetite is not as large as it once was, but you are a well-rounded eater. Some of your favorite foods are asparagus, raspberries, and sausage. Your most favorite treat in the world is a glazed doughnut! It excites you so much to get a doughnut that it just tickles me! I resist the urge to buy them for you constantly because I don't want to distract you from the fruits and veggies you like. You also love pizza and expect to get a slice any time we go to Costco!
You learned how to climb out of your crib, so we took the rail off to give you a toddler bed and our sleep woes began. You like to nurse and rock at bedtime, but you rarely fall asleep nursing anymore. Then, you don't stay in bed long enough to get your body still to fall asleep. It is definitely a struggle and we keep looking for solutions. Many nights, Daddy gets tired of sitting in your room rocking you, so he loads you in the car around 10 or 11 at night and takes you for a ride. Being still in the car seat seems to help you get to sleep. Lovie does it too to help you get a nap and she calls it "going to the store." You have caught on to the phrase and sometimes cry that you don't want to go to the store! Most nights you wake sometime during the night and come barreling into our room to get in bed with us! You walk right in and find your spot, then snuggle in for the rest of the night. I have come to enjoy my little bed buddy next to me!
You play with toys, but you love to watch TV. Your biggest request is for Justin Time. You love the episode where they go to the Bayou for a fais-do-do! You have walked around saying Ah-yeeee all the time!
When we planned a trip to Disney, we thought you would like it okay, but had no idea you would love it as much as we do! You had a great time! You were a little scared of the characters until you say Pooh and Tigger and you go so excited you couldn't contain yourself! You were jumping and dancing around so excited to see them! After that, you would pose with any character and the princesses loved you! You liked the rides, too! You loved the water slide at the hotel and surprised everyone because you weren't the least bit afraid to go by yourself! I hope with pictures you can remember what a blast you had your first time at Disney!
Since her arrival on Christmas Day, you have spent a lot of time with Olivia. You have done really well having a new baby around and your jealousy has been minimal. You love to look at her tiny hands and refer to them that way. I think you understand just how delicate she is and even when you are angry that she is being held the way you want to be, you aren't angry with her. You give her kisses, bring her toys, and rock her cradle. You are very pleased with yourself when she cries and stops because you rocked her cradle.
You are our precious boy. Your big, bright eyes are so darling and you are so excited about all the new things you see and do at two and a half! You delight us with your silliness and melt our hearts with your I love you's and sweet kisses. I just couldn't imagine life without you and feel so grateful to be your momma.

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