Wow! In only a few more months, you will be three years old. I can hardly believe it. Somehow, we find ourselves in September, the summer time just a memory now. You have grown a lot in the last months. You are right at three feet tall, though not gaining a lot of weight. In fact, you currently get to eat just about anything (per your developmental pediatrician) that will help you gain calories. This includes chocolate milk, ice cream, fries and pizza!
It is amazing to me how much can change in such a short time. Not only is your vocabulary continuing to expand rapidly, you are getting pretty good at carrying on short conversations. You even talked on the phone to Granny and Pa Paw for 15 minutes a few nights ago. It was so sweet! You are also now a ‘world traveler’. We spent two weeks in Germany this summer visiting the Scholl family. You were such a trooper! Even with the unusually hot temperatures, you were a great traveler. You especially loved playing with ‘Bibee’, even though you speak different languages. The spiral staircase in our vacation apartment was a source of complete fascination for you…and a source of complete terror for Daddy and me! But, you did a good job. You didn’t fall, and you learned to navigate the stairs on your belly, which was probably a really good learning experience for you.
You are learning every day. You pick up on things quickly, and repeat things you hear. You are fond of singing songs you have learned, especially when we are driving in the car. The songs I hear most frequently from you are:
“Baa, Baa Black Sheep”
“Wheels on the Bus”
“Four Food Groups”
“Row Row Your Boat”
The toys that most catch your attention these days are your Jesse doll (from Toy Story), and your Cabbage Patch Doll Beatrix, whom you affectionately refer to as ‘Dolly’. You love the Toy Story movies and anything related to them. You’ve seen ‘Toy Story 3’ in the theater twice! We’re thinking of have a Toy Story themed birthday party for you this year…
Just this week, you’ve gotten new AFOs (braces). These are a little taller, and are hinged. We are hopeful that the hinge will allow you to strengthen your ankles and improve your mobility further. You are scheduled to begin Botox treatments next month, and I am praying that we will see great improvements in your tone as a result!
You are now in a Primary class at school. This means you have classmates as much as two years older than you. Several of your classmates are already your friends, and they take good care of you. You seem to be thriving in this environment, and I love your teacher, Ms. Kerry. Your language has improved, and you are learning about so many things that I never imagined you would at only two years of age. The Montessori work also reinforces a lot of the therapies you are receiving. You still attend OT and PT four or five times per week. You are making great progress. I love when we go to the doctors’ offices and they are soooo impressed with you! I am so proud of you and all the hard work you put in to your school work and your therapies.
I’m grateful that all of your grandparents live close by and you get to see them on a regular basis. Granny comes to stay with you almost every other Wednesday while I travel to Ft. Smith for work. She often calls me to tell me stories about what you’ve been doing during the day, or to tell me something funny you said. You go to Grandma Jean and Granddad Tobe’s house almost every Sunday afternoon. You really enjoy feeding the fish and the horses, sitting in the chicken coop, gathering eggs, watching the rabbits, and chasing the peacocks. I don’t know too many two year olds who basically have their own petting zoo! I’m thankful that you are getting to have these experiences. They add so much fullness to your young life.
Daddy and I love you so much and we are so proud of you! We are so blessed to be your parents and to get to watch you grow into the sweet little girl that you are!