This past weekend, you turned 35 months old. You’re almost three, and you’re turning into quite the little girly girl. You are starting to show signs of maturity, and we’re very excited about the next few months of your life. Some big changes are in store for you, little one.
I feel bad because since Nana and Dodd left two months ago, we haven’t been doing a very good job of keeping up with teaching you new things, like your letters, or writing, or counting. It seems like we’re so busy all the time, and while we do try to read with you, teaching you new things just hasn’t been very high on the priority list, and I know it should be.
You’re a very inquisitive little girl, though, so you do a lot of discovering on your own. The latest round of “a million questions” has involved songs you hear on the radio. The questions are always the same: “Daddy, what’s the name of this song? Who sings (name of song we just told you)? Where is (name of singer or band)? What are they doing in (location we just made up)?” And your newest question added into this mix in the past week, “Is (name of band or singer) a him or a her?”
One of the things you came home doing this month was counting to 20. You still skip 16 and 17 most of the time, but with a little help, you can get to 20. You also recognize your numbers up to 12 because we’ve been trying to get you to tell time. Sort of. “When the big hand is on the 6, then it’s time for us to go take a bath. When the big hand is on the 9, it’s time for us to go see Miss Judy.”
And speaking of Miss Judy, in a couple more weeks, you’ll be done going to see her. We’re going to let you go a few times over the summer, but starting in the fall, you’re going to preschool! We’re very excited to see how you do interacting with lots of kids your own age. For a long time, it’s only been you and one other little boy at Judy’s house, and he’s a year younger than you. Now, you’re going to start going to school like a big girl. We know you’ll do well.
Something else new you started this month is delaying your crying fits when you get angry or upset. I got after you one day for doing something, and you turned on your heels, walked quickly to your room, sat down and started crying. I was shocked. We have been trying to get you to do that since you started your terrible twos, and you have always fought us on going to your room to cry. The fact that you just did it on your own makes me wonder what we did right. Of course, it doesn’t happen that smoothly all the time, but at least you’re starting to warm up to the idea of not throwing a kicking, screaming fit in the middle of the living room. I hope that going to your room to cry will be something you continue when the new baby comes along, because, I swear, if you wake that child up with one of your fits…
One of your favorite things to do this past month has been jumping. You jump everywhere – across cracks in the sidewalk, from the tile floor in the kitchen to the wood floor in the living room, up and down curbs, in and out of the garage, you name it. You love jumping. Sometimes you’ll even jump instead of walking.
But, your absolute favorite thing this month has been to play on Mommy’s computer. It started off with just wanted to watch videos of yourself, but now you’ve moved up to watching music videos on YouTube. Your favorites are Rhianna’s “Umbrella,” and Sarah Bareilles’ “Love Song.” You are starting to occupy Mommy’s computer an awful lot, watching your videos and playing on the PBS Kids web site. You know how to fully navigate around the Curious George portion of the web site, and the other day, you somehow got yourself into the Sid the Science Kid part of the web site too. I guess it’s a good thing Mommy is finished with grad school, so you can have her computer as much as you want now. Maybe you’ll get your own little notebook soon. I said maybe…
Finally this month, we had a pretty big scare just in the past couple of days. Mommy’s car caught on fire early Friday morning, and we had to wake you up and get you out of the house because we didn’t know if our house was going to catch on fire. Luckily, someone was watching out for us, and the only damage was to the car and a few incidental things like bushes and flowers. Things that can easily be replaced. I don’t remember ever having a visit from the fire department when I was a kid, and as an adult it was a pretty scary thing to have to deal with. You handled it like a champ, though. You didn’t see any of the actual fire, since we took you out the back door and let you sit on the deck. Once the fire was out, I carried you up to the front of the house so you could see the fire truck and the firemen working on Mommy’s car. After we got the “all clear,” we put you back to bed, and you went right to sleep. I hope that we never have to deal with anything like that ever again in your lifetime.
As always, we love you very much, and we’re looking forward to you turning three next month!