I am so proud of my “big girl” who knows her colors, can count to three, has seven word sentences, loves books to the point of memorization, solves puzzles repeatedly, pees on the potty regularly, cares for and cuddles her “baby” and stuffed puppy, sings songs spontaneously, worries about how “Nanna has a big owie,” pedals her tricycle, and has words associated with most of the letters in the alphabet (“apple, baby, cat, daddy…”). I’m amazed by how much you’ve grown so much in just the past few months, and I look forward to being amazed by your accomplishments over the next year and beyond.
Thank you so much for making the past two years the best years of my life, because I have been able to watch you learn and grow and share in your infectious enthusiasm for life. Thank you for waking up happy to see me (“Mommy, wake up. Wake up!”), for understanding when “Mommy working hard all day long,” for teaching me new songs and games and reminding me of old favorites, for helping me see the world through new eyes, and for making me take the time for simple gestures and little rituals. Thank you for giving me new urgency to do a little bit to make the world a better place. Thank you for giving me hope for future generations. Thank you for your hugs and kisses and cuddles. Thank you for helping me be a better person, and thank you most of all for being exactly who you are.
I love you so much.