Dear Three year old,
(Or my Jupiter as you wish to be referred to today)
Here we are again, and now you’re Three. This date is always going to be an emotional affair.
By far, 2-3 has been my favourite age of yours, we’ve had alot of firsts and a lot of lasts.
You’re learning something new every day, soaking up everything around you. Good, bad and cheeky things in equal measure might I add.
You stopped your naps 6 months ago and that was hard, it was the first sign of you leaving the ‘baby years’ moving into Toddler territory. But it also means we can do more during the day with you.
Over this last year you’ve really shown us your personality. I love the way you get passionate about your interests. Especially the Solar System, listening to you talk about planets is amazing, not only is it one of my favourite topics but I love that you feel the same. The way you recognise and name them all to anyone who’ll listen and often correcting adults about them, really makes me chuckle.
If I had to choose a highlight of this stage, I couldn’t. I remember each and every thing and love it all.
Whether it’s the way your face lit up when we visited Thomas Land, the way you sing ‘for the first time in forever’ each time I give you good news, the way you embrace every theme park you go to and don’t miss a single ride, just like your mum. :)
Your first camping trip, your imaginative play, your random day trips, I cherish them all.
I read somewhere the other day about the bittersweet feeling of watching your child grow and loving every minute but equally missing the early years, knowing those days are never to return. I feel that, each time you hit a new milestone I can’t help to feel sad that you’re getting further and further away from the baby I held in my arms. But I’m so proud of who you’re becoming.
Our biggest hurdle was the change to your daily routine with me returning to work and you’ve really embraced it. Aside from the odd couple of days you’ve really adapted well to the change.
It makes our time together even more special.
But one day when you read this letter I need you to know that I would leave all of that in a heartbeat if I knew you weren’t settling, as nothing will ever come before your well-being.
I love how excited you are about pre-school in September, I hope that doesn’t change. You already know the name of your teacher and the activities you want to do, my little keener.
I could sit here all day listing everything but it will become a dissertation, so I’ll save the rest for your scrapbooks.
Like most parents, if I had to describe my love, I couldn’t. But I would go to the ends of the earth for you, my little cub. You are so special to us and so so loved.
Love you to the moon and to all of the planets and back. (Yes including Pluto & the rest of the Dwarf Planets. Haha)
Love you 3000.