November 17, 2013
You’re four! Wow! I can’t believe it. It’s amazing to see how big and mature you’re getting. I feel like every day you do something new that reminds me how much you’ve grown up in the last couple of months. Even little things like dressing yourself or standing still to get your teeth brushed make such a huge difference. We have our little routines in the morning and evening and you’re so good at moving right from one thing to the next – you do love having a schedule. I’m positively spoiled that you almost never stall. Our biggest battle these days is that you’re starting to get opinionated about what clothes you wear to school and your favorite pants are the ones you call your “ugly pants”. I am trying my very hardest to slip those into the goodwill pile without you noticing. Unfortunately I think you have some weird spiritual connection to these pants because you can always find them wherever I’ve hidden them.
One thing that I’ve been noticing about you at this age is that you don’t ask the classic “why” so much, but instead like to know “how”. You ask once (or twice if you don’t like our first answer) and then you repeat back your version of what we’ve said to make sure you get it. You are showing some of your daddy’s characteristics in trying to understand how the world works. You’re very good at coming up with hypotheses – today you came up with 5 very plausible reasons why the train broke down in the Little Engine That Could (ran out of gas, train tracks broke, engine broke, toys were too heavy, wheels fell off). I’m impressed! Oh, and guess what? You read! You can read short books by yourself – the other night you were reading in bed but came out crying because you couldn’t read “the” in The End. You were sad, but I was impressed you had made it to the second to last word in the book before you got stumped! Your writing and drawing has really taken off lately too. I am saving so many of your precious little pictures and notes now. I can’t tell you how proud I am!
This will probably be the last letter I write you here because you’re getting to be such a big boy. Nicky, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love you. You are such a passionate person, I hope you never lose your intense joy!
I love you so.