You’re nearly three years old now and anxiously awaiting your birthday. When asked, “How old are you?”, you quickly answer, “Dos and half!” (mixing your Spanish and English), and you know your birthday is in August (although you don’t know when that is, exactly). Your favorite song right now is the “Happy Birthday” song. It’s almost always your choice for your bedtime song.
As you’re coming up on your third birthday, here are a few things your future-self might like to know about your nearly-three-year-old self.
So top-of-mind for Daddy and Papa is that you’re not a good sleeper. At. All. There are a good number of afternoons when you won’t take a nap and when you do it’s often pretty short. You’re up in the middle of the night nearly every night at least once and most nights more than once. Sometimes we hear you stirring in bed and can intercept you before you get out of bed or out of your room, but sometimes you make it to Daddy and Papa’s room before we can intercept you. Fortunately, most nights you are easily deposited back into bed and go right back to sleep. However, every once in a while you are up multiple times and won’t stay in bed. On those nights Daddy or Papa end up sleeping in your bed with you. Despite the lack of naps and the nights of interrupted sleep, you’re almost always the first one out of bed in the morning –getting up at 5:45 a.m. almost like clockwork.
You have a gentle nature. When I roughhouse with you and your brother and sister, playing Big Bad Octopus or Monsters, sometimes you prefer not to play. “Not me! Not me, Daddy!” or “No meany monster, Daddy. Nice monster.” you’ll sometimes say. You do your own thing in other ways too. On a recent excursion to the park, Coco and Flynn put on their fairy outfits while you put on your Doc McStuffins’ white lab coat. And, when you, Coco and Flynn play Frozen, Coco and Flynn always want to be Elsa while you choose Anna.I’m glad you choose Anna. Anna is fearless, determined and loyal. I hope you grow up to be all those things and more.