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Letters to our Daughters #3

Dear Chublet,

Ohmygod you’re changing SO. MUCH. Where did my scowly, grumpy, pick-me-up, put-me-down, hug-me, don’t-touch-me, pay-attention-to-me, don’t-look-at-me little girl go? She’s still in there, to be sure (we still see glimpses…), but now you’re letting on that you’re also a great big softie! Over the last month or so you’ve started to throw your arms around our necks and really hug tight. You interrupt me while I’m singing to you at bed time so that you can hold me by the ears and pull my face to yours, then shake my head side to side so that we can rub noses! You plant big sloppy drooly kisses right on my mouth, and you’ll hold my face in your hands while I’m holding you and grin at me- your little pursed mouth, scrunched nose, shoulders up grin that says I Love You. You’ve discovered the comfort and security of a favourite blankie- the beautiful beautiful quilt that Nanny made for you goes to bed with you for naps and nights, and you look so sweet all rolled up in it. Nanny will be thrilled when she sees it for herself! That’s one photograph that I have to be *sure* to take. You with your quilt. I must not forget.

Now as I said, there’s no doubt that you’re still my Thunder Baby, with a mind of her own and definite ideas of how the world should run, and how your staff should look after you. Diaper changes are still a fight (what? Stay on my back? Are you CRAZY??), and meals can be trying for all involved (if you could just tell me what you will eat I’ll make it for you. I promise! No need to pitch the food on the floor if you don’t like the look of it…). I know you don’t like to be bored, but didn’t some parenting expert somewhere say that it’s good for kids to learn to entertain themselves? No…?

For quite some time now you’ve shown your appreciation of and aptitude for music, and over the last couple of months I’ve so loved watching you find different ways to express it. You regularly sing, with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the La La Song topping the charts for you. The thing that amazes me is what precise pitch you have! You even sing in the same key as I sing to you. Anyone who hears you knows exactly what you’re singing, even though the words are replaced with Da Das, Nu Nus and La Las. It’s so cool! We’ve been having fun the last couple of weeks watching So You Think You Can Dance, too. You’re mesmerised by the dancers and the way they move. You bop in time with the music, and if it’s a dancer you really like you’ll get your wiggle going too! It’s clear that you love to sing and dance since applause from your fans makes you break out into the biggest grin. It’s so sweet!

As we thought in Arizona, you most certainly are a Sun Baby! As the weather has warmed up over the spring we’ve had lots of opportunity to get out in the garden, dig in the dirt, draw with the sidewalk chalk (“T! T!!”) and even go for a paddle in the canoe. Yay! (Oh how I love the water- I really hope it’s a love we can share as you grow older.) We’ve discovered that you’re very fond of drawing, and we can never leave the house without you making at least one good scribble with the chalk on the front steps. You’ve also been going to town with crayons on the drawing easel we have in the house, though I do wish you’d keep it to the easel and not decorate the walls, floors, furniture and the papers from my office! I can’t get over how far and how high you can reach! It’s pretty cool, too, that at 18 months you picked up a pen and held it “properly”, and have done ever since. You’re very precise. I wonder if you are holding back on using words until you know for sure you’ll have them right? I wouldn’t be surprised!

I think every parent of a toddler watches the emerging personality traits of their littles and wonders what the future will hold for them. Watching you, you could be a singer or a dancer, or you could use your stubborn and persistent streak to carry you through law school or med school, or you could run your own small business… Maybe you’ll fight for the rights of the little guy, or maybe you’ll be the classic “Starving Artist” type, too committed to your work to give up on your dreams to make a living off art. Who knows what the future holds for you? Just know that whatever it is my Love, we’ve got your back. Your dad and I will love you and support you no matter what you do. We just hope you listen to your heart. I have this quote up in my office, and I feel like I’m living it through photography. I think you (and your brother, too) should keep it in mind as you go:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Harold Thurman Whitman

I’m having so much fun watching you come alive, Sweet Pea. For sure, there are days I want to hide in the pantry and not come out, but there are also days of absolute wonder and delight. Days of discovery, and days of snuggles, cuddles and nose rubs. And when it all comes out in the wash, those days more than make up for the hide under the covers and pretend I’m not here days. Like that photograph up at the top of this post. That photograph makes my heart swell and puts a lump in my throat. It was taken on one of the really great days. We had had a lovely afternoon playing in the garden, and lots of kisses. You were quietly watching the birds at the feeder, or maybe a squirrel, and I was finally able to capture your curls. Those soft baby curls. That photograph reminds me of the smell of you, and the warmth of you, and that perfect afternoon. And my girl, it reminds me of how much I absolutely love you to pieces. You’re one of a kind, and I’m so glad you’re ours.

Love you love you love you my Sweet Pea. Always and forever,

Mum xoxo

I invite you to click through to Susie’s blog to read what she has written to her son. Thanks for stopping by!

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