dylan: three years and ten monthsDear Dylan,
It has been seven months since I last wrote you, and things sure are changing quickly in our house. You are acting more and more like a little girl every day and it is hard to believe in less than 2 years that you will be in Kindergarten! When you are not getting into trouble for waking your sister up, picking up your sister or knocking your sister over, you are pretty fun to be around. We never know what is going to come out of your mouth these days. You are pretty aware of differences and said the following, "I have blonde hair, June has blonde hair, Mom has blonde hair, and Dad has...Gray hair!" It is hard to keep from laughing at you. You ripped a bag open one day and when I asked you how it ripped, you said, "I don't know. I guess my hands are really huge!"
When I buy you new clothes you ask to "waddle" them, which we have finally gotten you to say model. You also talk about how lovely stuff is or how pretty you look when you dress yourself (you think that wearing stripes on top and bottom match, no matter the colors).
Rhyming is your favorite thing at the moment, but you love to talk in general when you are not singing (you make up some crazy songs). You get the word mole confused with mullet, beer confused with beard, but you constantly use new phrases and vocabulary in the correct way every day which shows how much you pay attention to us. For example, you frequently say you can't do something because you've "had a long day." I think that is something you have heard me say many times. A lot of times you talk like an adult and say things like, "he is adorable, or this dress is so gorgeous."
You have your moments of jealousy with your little sister and that causes you to talk like a baby some days. It is very frustrating to us, but we have to remember that you are only 3 and still trying to find your place in this house. The way we look at it, you are the center of attention, but you don't always see it that way. You are fascinated with death right now, and miss my grandmother Evelyn so much (even though she died before you were born). A lot of this started because of your obsession with the Beatles and what happened to all of them. As much as death fascinates you, you are just as obsessed with wedding stuff. This summer you wore an Easter dress someone gave you all of the time and you still refer to it as your wedding dress.
Now that I am at home full time you have been able to have a lot more play dates with your friends, and your two best friends at the moment are Ava and Hannah. You love getting to see them and playing with them. It is fun to see how much you have grown and that you are now playing with friends instead of just playing in the same room with them.
You love to take photos and love to hold the camera and take self-portraits. Dad is really supporting your new hobby, but with my camera of course! You still love music, and say that you need a trumpet and accordion since you don't have them.
You are currently 33 lbs. I don't know exactly how tall you are but I can tell that your 3T pants are finally the right length. You talk about how if you eat lots of vegetables and not junk food then you will grow up really strong, but you seem to still love the junk food.
It was your idea for you to be a donut this year, and you were so proud of the costume I made you. You loved the scary houses on Halloween and could not wait to get your hands on all of that candy. We went to the pumpkin patch with your preschool (which you love) and you had a great time picking out pumpkins for you and June, and then inadvertently smashing her face into it. Maybe Smashing Pumpkins will be your favorite band.
You are really excited about Christmas this year and want a bike and Snow White princess dress very badly. You have a little nativity scene that you play with and the other day you said, "This is baby Jesus, and this is his mother, Larry." You also got an email video from Santa this year and when he told you he was going to look at your file, you said, "Oh, no!" I guess you know you have not been on your best behavior all of the time this year.
We can't wait to see your face on Christmas day when you open your presents. You have given us a run for our money this year, but the fact that you make us laugh so much makes up for it.