Dear Poppyseed, you are 2.5!

Dear Poppyseed,

I couldn’t go to bed tonight without sitting down to write you this little letter.  Last week you turned 2.5, and I feel like I need to document a few things before you grow up even more.

First of all, you are definitely all girl.  You love frilly things… dresses, tutus, sparkly shoes, and jewelry.  You love to sit on my bathroom counter while I fix your hair in the morning.  You’ll say, “I so pretty!” or “Mommy you make my hair so pretty, thank you!”

Your nickname is still Chunky Monkey.  I don’t know how much longer that will last, but we love it!  It will be difficult for us to break that habit!

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You’re a huge drama queen.  The slightest thing can send you over the edge.  I’m amazed at how quickly those blue eyes can produce tears!  But you are also very brave, and you don’t take any nonsense from anyone.  If another child takes something of yours, you have no trouble taking it right back.  You are definitely not a pushover!  I often find myself wishing you weren’t so pushy with your peers, but then I remind myself that this attitude will serve you well as an adult.

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You are a lover of just about all animals.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a horse, dog, cat, or an upside down beetle, you’re very fascinated by nature.  Your favorite animals right now are your horses.  You love Rainy the most, and you get to ride her almost every weekend.

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You’ve been speaking in complete sentences for a while now, but lately your dad and I feel like they are becoming even more complex.  There isn’t really anything that you can’t say.  You still have trouble with your “r’s” but we actually think it’s precious that you say “watee” instead of “water” or “towee” instead of “tower.”  Another thing worth mentioning is that a month or so ago, you began to stutter.  It seems to come and go.  It’s the most noticeable when you are REALLY excited or REALLY tired.  I worried about it for a few days until I was told that your Uncle John used to stutter as well.  He’s pretty much the smartest and most well spoken person I’ve met, so knowing that he stuttered at the same age made me relax.  I think you are going through this little patch because you really are learning so much so fast.  It’s amazing to watch your little brain work!  You really are a sponge these days.

What’s even more impressive than your speech, in my opinion, is your coordination.  I’ve always thought that you were pretty coordinated for your age.  When you were just 18 months old you would grab the rings at the gym and swing back and forth, holding your own body weight longer than most grown children.  Recently you have become even stronger and quicker.  You run really well.  You climb every rock wall at every playground around, and most of the time you don’t need any help.  Sometimes I look up and see that you are 50 feet away and 15 feet up in the air.  I just hold my breath and pray!  One of your favorite things to do is go to your gymnastics class.  You’re in a 2 year old class, and even though you’re one of the younger ones you seem to have no trouble keeping up.

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When Baby Middle was born, your dad took you to buy a tricycle.  It was pretty touch and go for the first few weeks, but now you are so good at getting around on that thing!  I took you on a walk to the park recently, and you rode your tricycle for 2 miles!  You never got tired or asked for help.  And two weeks ago when I picked you up from preschool, your teachers commented that you are the best in your class at riding tricycles.  Evidently there is a toy at the playground that resembles a big tractor with wheels.  They told me that many of the 3 year olds cannot even ride it, yet you climb on top and pedal it in circles with no problem.

You are still a great eater.  Your favorite foods are ground meat, plantain chips, grapes, cheese, blueberries, and bacon.  We still keep your diet 100% gluten free, but I’d be lying if I said we didn’t all indulge at times.  Let’s just say you’re a big fan of the chocolate milkshakes at our favorite restaurant, Grub!

You’ve been potty trained for a year now.  I can’t believe it!  You regressed a little bit when your brother was born and began having accidents at night, so we went to pull-ups.  Then a few weeks ago, we had a heart to heart at bedtime.  I told you, “Okay now tonight you will not wear a pull-up.  You’re going to wear your big girl panties, okay?  Don’t go tee-tee in your bed, it will make a big mess all over your pretty horse sheets.  Okay?”  You said, “Don’t go tee-tee in my bed, Mommy?  It make a big mess?”  I nodded my head very seriously to emphasize the magnitude of this conversation.  Ha.  I honestly didn’t think that it would work, and I fully expected to be changing sheets at 5am, but so far so good!  I think we may be in the clear!

One of the most fun things to date has been to watch you go to “school.”  I was so hesitant to enroll you in a real preschool.   I worried about the rigid schedule and all of the rules.  But oh goodness, putting you in the School for Little People was one of the best decisions I’ve made.  You absolutely love it.  You go Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-1:30pm, and the week just flies by.  It’s so funny to listen to you when you get in the car.  Last week it cracked me up when you said, “Mommy, guess what!?  Stella got a HAIRCUT!”  And then yesterday it was, “Mommy, guess what!?!  Kai has a baby sister!  Baby Marley!”  To see you forming relationships with your sweet mini friends is so fun for me as a mom.  It’s made me realize that we have even more in common than I realized – you are such a social person, and you enjoy your friendships to the fullest.

You love books.  This week was the first week that we realized that you are actually memorizing some of your favorites.  You have a book called “I’m a Big Sister” and we don’t even have to read it to you anymore because you know all of the words.  You also love your Children’s Bible, and ask Daddy every night after supper if he will read to you about Jesus.  I asked you last night, “Poppyseed, do you know who Jesus is?” and you replied, “Jesus is STRONG!  Jesus loves me!”  Right on, sister.

You are literally the most loving big sister.  You have loved your little brother from the minute he appeared in your life.  Now I will say that we had three days of jealousy.  He was about 9-10 weeks old, and suddenly you hit him.  You hit him once a day for three days, and your dad and I were pretty upset.  But it was a very short stage, and now you are just back to smothering (quite literally) him with your hugs and kisses.  (I only mention that so that I will remember it one day.  I have noticed that mothers tend to forget their little one’s shortcomings and only remember the good!)  You love to hold him, and to be our “big helper” by changing his diaper, and you are pretty good at giving him his pacifier, too.  I am so thankful for how wonderful you are to your little sibling!

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Well Poppyseed, I’m going to cut this short so that I can get back to all of my motherly duties.  I love you to the moon and back.

Love,

Mommy

 

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  1. Stephanie says:

    This is the sweetest!

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