Happy third birthday! I can’t believe you’re already a full-fledged toddler now, closer to going to school than you are to the day of your birth. When did that happen?!
This year was a big year for you. It was the year you became a big brother (a very protective one, too!), the year you really started talking, and the year you developed a new love for ‘your’ family. You’re very keen on letting people know who YOUR grandpa is, YOUR grandma, YOUR mom and dad, and of course, YOUR auntie. When you’re dozing off to sleep at nap time, you’ll turn your face to me and whisper about all these important people in your life and how much you love them. It’s possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever witnessed.
You’ve definitely picked up some funny habits as a toddler. You love to get your way but slowly learning you don’t always get exactly what you want. Tough lessons for a kid, but you’re doing a good job. You have a preference for speaking French and will say full French sentences with a sprinkling of English words (who knows why?!) you prefer to say your colors in English and often refer to unknown objects by their color rather than what they are. You’re learning so quickly though, and your vocabulary is constantly getting better.
You’re still a wild little kid who loves to play outside (rain or shine), run around, play ball, color, watch movies, go to the park, take walks, and make new friends. You’re outgoing and charming, but shy when you meet people for the first time. You have cute little friends at daycare that you love to talk about, and a really cute neighbor friend that you’re basically in love with. You love technology and have taught me new things about my iPhone, but you’ll still put the phone down if it means we’re going outside to play. Oh and you love, love, LOVE to dance. With a hat on. Like Michael Jackson. Or Justin Timberlake.
I think best of all has been seeing you mature as a big brother. You love your sister so much; you run into a room to check on her if she’s crying, and you make sure that the adults are taking proper care of her (if it’s not up to your standards you certainly let us know). You play games to make her smile, you include her in everything that you do, and she is madly in love with you, too. At just three years old, you have learned to accept another tiny being into your life and share your family with her like we never could have imagined you would be able to do.
I have loved every moment of getting to know you. This last year was crazy for me, and often when I felt like I didn’t have two feet in my own life, spending time with you made me feel like myself again. When I don’t see you for a couple weeks, I miss you in a way that I didn’t even know possible. My mind and my heart have grown to need you like I need very few people in my life. I’ve stopped looking forward to who you will be and started to just enjoy who you are in this moment.
You’re a bright, beautiful kid, and I am so grateful to be your aunt and godmother. Thank you for making my life, and all of our family’s, a more wonderful place just by being in it.
Happy birthday, let’s go decorate some cupcakes at your birthday party!
All my love,