My little Avery you are growing so fast! Turning 3 already and doing such big girl things! You are precious and smart and bold and energetic. I just want to eat you up sometimes because you do the funniest things. You roll your eyes and cut looks like a teenager yet you are sweet and fun loving at the same time.
You got a new little brother since your last birthday and you were so thrilled when he came. Daddy and I were so glad he was a big baby because you and Ella were too little to understand that rolling and jumping and pulling on him were not a great idea! You’re getting better about that now. You do still scrunch up and snort your nose and squint eyes and get right in his face and make squeal-ish noises as if you just can’t help yourself! I can’t wait to see your relationships with Ella and Andrew grow over the years. I like to think about what you guys might say to each other as you hold the mic at one of your wedding receptions or something. So many wonderful years ahead for our family!You love animals and you have about 50 in your bed. Of course your beloved Teddy Dog is the most prized of all though. Ever since last Christmas he has been your buddy. You and Ella rotate who gets to pick the show we watch and your favorite shows are Veggie Tales, Winnie the Pooh and Bob the Builder (which Ella tries to convince you NOT to pick because she doesn’t like it!). You are doing really well with your eating and will down almost anything for a cookie or ice cream. You like sprinkles on everything (the apple doesn’t fall far from the daddy tree) and you are going to have birthday pancakes tonight with sprinkles on them and who knows what else your daddy will concoct.
One of the funnies things you have said this year was when you were standing on top of the white couch and when I came around the corner and got onto you for the 4th time for doing that you looked at me with the most innocent eyes and said “Mommy, I can do hard fings!” I couldn’t help but laugh. I have lost my composure into laughter several times actually because of your facial expression when I am trying to discipline you or have a serious conversation. You don’t really get the serious conversation thing. It’s not really something you are interested in. You are also saying “this weekend” all the time like you know what it means. Tonight as we were putting toothpaste on your toothbrush you said “mommy my toothpaste is coming out this weekend” and I just laughed to myself because you have such a serious way of saying things like that.
You are starting to potty train the past couple months and you are doing really well with it. Daddy and I are ready but we are letting you go at your own pace like we did Ella so you are ready too. You are able to wash your own hands now and even want to help wash dishes and cook. You have special time with Mommy (and Andrew) every Wednesday morning because Ella has school. You still love to do things like shop at TJ Maxx HomeGoods with me because you haven’t figured out that its not that fun. I like to make it an adventure and ask for your help in finding things and you are all about it. We talk about everything as we go and I hope that never changes. Its really fun to be with you!
Your imagination is one of the things about you that I love the most. You have endless ideas and stories whether you are playing with me or someone else in the backyard or whether you are entertaining your animals. We love how you will disappear into a corner somewhere with a book and read all the words as best as you can start to finish. And you make up your own versions too of course. You have always loved books and stories.
We moved into a new house this year and we have a private backyard for you and Ella (and soon Andrew) to play. You LOVE being outside and I can hear you wherever you are just making up stories. You buckle yourself to the wagon and then cry when you can’t get out. You are very particular and directive when I play with you so its great because I don’t have to think much you just tell me what to do and also when I’m not doing it the right way.
Sound is always coming out of you! Even now as I type you and Ella are in “quiet time” and she is laying quietly on her bed resting and you have not stopped for 30 minutes. You have so much to say whether its thoughts or songs or just noises.
Recently there have been several times that we’ll be riding along and from the backseat with no prompting I’ll hear you say something you have learned about God. You’ll say “Mom! Jesus wants us to love each other” or “Mom! Jesus made people” Or “Mom! God made the mountains”. Its so cute and I love how it shows me what you are thinking about as we drive. I love that you are processing with your little mind the truths that you are being taught. And yes, almost every single thing you say in the car begins with “Mom!”
I can’t wait to see how your little faith develops and what your personality grows to be. Daddy and I are working hard on capturing your heart and building steady character in you so that you will be someone who is faithful and trustworthy and responsible and respectful. We dream big things for you little Avery Faith! I’ve already been blessed beyond measure being your mommy for 3 years so I can’t fathom what the future holds! Love you dearly my little A-Bug!