You are turning 3 years old! I can hardly believe it. I just spent a few minutes reading through the letter I wrote to you when you turned 2. You are my only ever first baby! You are growing so beautifully. So many fun things have come out of you this year! You have so much joy, one of my favorite things about you is how much you love people. You get so thrilled when someone is coming over, even if it is one of my friends. Everyone is your friend. When you see a child in public you call them your friend. You have such a loving heart toward people and also toward your sister. We’ve watched you learn to share and although its hard sometimes and it really stretches you, you will often make the right choice to give and share things that are yours with Avery. She hasn’t learned to do the same yet, but don’t worry, that’s on her agenda for this year!
Last year one of our biggest challenges with you was food, and I would still say it is a challenge, but you have improved significantly. One thing we have learned is that you really don’t need as much in your tummy as we thought. You often decide you are done with dinner after eating 4 or 6 bites of something. And you still sleep all night! You do LOVE going to restaurants. You also LOVE watching people more than eating which has caused us to adopt the strategy of facing you towards the wall in restaurants when we can. Not sure it makes a difference though 🙂 You are more willing to try new things, at least once, and we have taught you to say the phrase “challenge accepted!” We are praying for Jesus to develop a heart of bravery in you. You have what it takes to be brave and try new things. We want to see your heart develop in trusting mommy and daddy, and trusting Jesus to be with you always.
You started the process of potty training this year which has been . . . fun. We are taking it slow, which seems to be your style. Daddy started giving you two sixlets for going #2 in the potty which is exciting for you, but not enough to really increase the odds of that happening 🙂 You did go potty for the first time in a public place when were in Carmel with Nonna and Poppa just a couple weeks ago. That was a big deal! You also slept in a big girl bed for the first time at the house we stayed in down there. Daddy told you to stay in the bed when you wake up in the morning, and to call for him and he would come get you. So you did just that. You woke up early and screamed his name. We were so proud of you!
You love to play with Avery in the bath tub and you love to be “nice and cozy” when you come out. You like us to wrap you up and you say “hold me like a baby” and we carry you all wrapped up in your towel like a burrito. One of the funniest things you’ve been saying this year is when you are trying to understand which way something goes you say “this way? Or this way? This way? This way?” Back and forth like 4 or 5 times. You’re getting a little better now but at first it didn’t matter what answer you got, you were just gonna keep asking. Too funny.
We took a 2 week trip this summer to Indiana and to Alabama. You got to see Jax and Aurora, and also got to meet your cousins on Daddy’s side and catch frogs at Gma and Gpas house. You loved watering the plants outside with Gma and we have such cute pictures of the two of you playing together. Mimi and Doowah came to stay with you and Avery at our house while mommy and daddy went to Hollywood for a few days. That was your first time being away from us that long, but you and Avery both did so good! You had a blast going to Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out and the park.
You are growing in your understanding of Jesus too. The other day we were having a muffin that the Feffers brought to us and I asked you if you knew who made that muffin. I thought you would say “Jo!” but you looked at me without skipping a beat and said “God!” I laughed out loud it was so cute. You love going to South Bay Church and you cry sometimes when we have to leave BayKids. Ms. Jovita has been caring for you and Avery every Tuesday morning this year while I am in meetings. You love her and also Mrs. Suad who comes to our house sometimes on Saturday nights. You bake and make crafts with her and cry when she has to leave to go home.
It has been so fun to watch you mature in your behavior too. You are trustworthy. I can ask you to stay in a place or hold onto Avery’s stroller or do this or that and you will do it. (90% of the time, which I think is exceptional for your age!) This is why I am comfortable with having a third baby this fall. (You don’t know that yet!) I can’t wait to tell you and to watch you watch me grow a baby. You will be such a good helper for mommy, and such a good big sister.
You are a precious gift to our family. I love your heart. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. You will always be my only ever first baby.