My apologies about the amount of time it has taken me to write this, but again...you don’t know that! As I write this, you are closer to 4 (how is that even possible?). I’m so glad I keep notes on my phone and have ALL THE PICTURES to reminisce about the year you went from two to three. I will say this: you are a force. You feel deeply, you know what you want, you are kind and cute and funny and oh-so-brave. It’s something to behold. We love you so stinkin’ much!!!
I did make a note of your stats:
When I took you for your well visit, they did a hearing and vision test and you did great. It was so cute to see you in those little headphones!
You love the beach!!!
You got really into princesses and girly stuff! I’ve been so used to cars, trains, and trucks (which you still play with), I had to remember how to play girly! You are very “No! Me do it.” Which is really cute unless you really can’t do it, then it creates a meltdown, but we survive. You now LOVE lemonade (and any drink really - tea, coffee, juice, kombucha) and adore to change cups all day long. You asked if lemonade was in my mommy milk, ha! You also love shoes. You notice them in stores, on other little girls, and just like to wear them around the house.
You started sleeping with blankets and one of them is my baby blanket. While Oliver’s favorite is Monkey, you don’t care. Any animal is fine. You also would throw them out of your crib instead of napping. Then you’d fuss to see if I’d come get them for you. I WON, ha! You eventually stopped doing that.
You love museums just like the rest of us. AND you added lots more states to your list.
Whispering jibberish in our ears is really fun for you. You’re not phased if I raise my voice or timeouts. Not scared of us, either. Dressing up in costumes is a delight and to see what you come up with, well, I will cherish these pictures. The favorite books this year were Snow Day and Red Hat, Oops.
This was the last night I rocked you before we left the Old House. TEARS.
We accidentally started potty training! You were ready and did amazingly well. And you even went through a time where you would tell me, “Good job, Mama” when I’d go and even tried to wipe me. I drew the line with that one. You like slime and successfully got it in your hair.
You love being outside and doing whatever Oliver does. You also like to pester him, which comes with the territory, I guess.
We moved out of the house that we brought you home to. That was tough. You didn’t have as hard of a time as Oliver did, but you’d definitely cry. You still call Summer, Yummah. After we left, you not only officially got out of the pack ‘n’ play, but you stopped asking for Mommy Moot. I wasn’t ready, but so glad I let you say when.
You love to play with makeup with me. You think mascara is just scara. So, My-scara, Your-scara, Big-scara. Hahaha!!! Favorite movies of the year Were Frozen and The Greatest Showman. Your reading became explaining each page and acting it out. Adorable! You are quite a ham and make Oliver laugh so much.
You said in your broken speech, "When I grow up, I'll marry someone like you." You said this to Daddy and he broke down. You also say "Oweo is mine!"
You went to your first wedding and have been enamored with weddings since.
You love back rubs, arm rubs, dancing, and want to be a princess when you grow up and have pink and blue hair.
Amelia Donn, I don't know a lot but I know this: you will do great things. You are strong minded and strong willed and smart and kind and adorable. We love you more than words can say. You are our favorite, best girl!!