36 Months

November 17, 2012

Dear Nicky,

You are three! What a big boy. At three, you are such a bundle of fun energy. You LOVE music and want to know what the names of every song and every band are. You’re building up quite an inventory of song names in your little head. You have an excellent sense of direction. You’ve suddenly figured out that swimming is fun and you finally graduated to the big boy swimming class (just in time because the baby class only goes to age 3!). You dip all the way underwater and swim on your back and kick and blow bubbles. You have been so brave in your big boy class without mommy and daddy!

We had your parent teacher conference last week at school and teacher Beckie tells us that you love to learn (no surprise to us there). You love doing puzzles and at story time you’re always in the front of the circle paying close attention. You know all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. You got a book about a doggie learning to read for your birthday and you love helping me sound out the words as the dog learns to read them. You love learning Spanish and have even taught me and daddy a few words already. We’ve realized that you’re picking up Spanish so quickly we’re going to need to start actively learning it if we’re going to be able to keep up with you. When it comes to writing, you really like to know that you can be successful before you try. You’re resistant when we or the teachers at school try to push you to new things when it comes to writing. But suddenly you’ll be able to do it on your own after watching it a couple of times. We try to help you remember that you don’t need to be perfect and that sometimes the fun is just in trying. Nonetheless you eventually seem to get the concept at your own speed and in your own way.

Teacher Beckie also reports that you are “all boy”. Which is a nice way of saying that you are energetic and wild. You have tons of energy and are always on the go. When you’re over stimulated or tired you get extra wild. And you react without thinking when things bother you. This year we worked a lot on using your words. You’re getting better but you still have plenty of days when you react first and ask questions later. You’ve also become very expressive this year and you say the sweetest things. You surprise us by spontaneously telling us that you love us and giving us hugs and kisses. You also like to call me your best friend. I don’t pretend to think that’s anything more than you practicing a phrase that you recently learned but I still love it. Being your best friend means that you always want me to put you to bed, or pour you your milk, or change your diaper. I know – lucky me, right?

Nicky noodle, we have had so much fun with you these past 3 years. You keep our life full of energy and fun. We’re exhausted at the end of each day from trying to keep up with you, but we love your whole hearted approach to life. I’m so excited to see what the next year will be like. I’m sure you will continue to surprise me with how much fun we can have!

I love you!

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