Lately you have been astounding me with your incredible growing mind. You have been able to create and share stories with us, completely designed by your budding imagination. Yesterday, you demonstrated your ability to pick the baby lock on the refrigerator as well as your ability to hit the stop button followed by the Netflix button on the remote (“I want to watch new show mommy.”). You are able to pick out your outfits on a daily basis now, and you’ve learned how to put on your coat all by yourself by using the magic “up and over” trick. 🙂 You are now responsible for hanging up your own coat and putting away your shoes when we come into the house. We’ve started counting down the days until Christmas on the Advent calendar, and you’ve surprised us each day by recognizing numbers we had no idea you even knew!
And yet, despite all this growth, you are still our little snuggler. You frequently ask to be buried in pillows and blankets in your “nest”. You ask to be “held like Baby Theo” and for mommy to feed you your water “like Baby Theo”.
You’re getting so big, and yet you’re still so very small. It can be a hard thing to navigate…learning how to foster your independence while also treasuring your snuggles and smallness.
I know I can’t freeze time, but these pictures are my very best effort to do so. I want to make these moments last as long as possible. When you look back on them years from now, I want you to be reminded of all the fun you had growing up, all the curiosity and wonder I noticed in you; I want you to remember a time when your sense of adventure far outweighed the stress and anxieties of life.
And…maybe selfishly, I also want to be able to recall these days for myself, so that I can remember your tiny toes and your love for your favorite pacifiers (“Old Bluey” and “Old Greeny”). As much as I’m excited and proud to watch your growth, I also secretly want you to stay small for as long as possible.
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