I try not to blink and still, time flies.
One day my newborn baby is lulled to sleep in his sister's doll cradle.
The very next day he is hoisting himself in to that same cradle and rocking it until he squeals with glee.
You are such a baby to me. My baby. But you are growing so fast. Too fast.
Per toddler standard operating procedure, you are in to everything.
One of your favorite past times involves pulling random things off the counter. Why just last week, in the span of 10 seconds, you grabbed a telephone and called our neighbor on speed dial, before scattering an entire bag of granola cereal across the floor.
You watch and absorb everything your siblings do. And sometimes it shocks me just how much you emulate them.
Although I probably shouldn't, I actually trust your capabilities. I know that you won't put small things in to your mouth and 7 out of 10 times, you listen to me better than your older siblings do.
You have mastered climbing our play fort and are almost too fast for me to catch.
You know how to sit and go down the slide.
And you know how to hold on to the rope on the climbing wall, until I realize that you are
With three tutors, you are mastering the English language. You have a repertoire of words that include various foods, body parts and the entire cast of Toy Story.
You love Toy Story. Not so much the movie, as the characters. Currently, your favorite character is Buzz Lightyear. Not surprisingly, it is your brother's favorite character as well. And I am just tickled that the Halloween costumes that I bought five months ago are getting so much use.
At the moment, we only have one hard plastic Buzz Lightyear, which happens to be the most coveted toy in the entire house. Coveted by you. And your brother. Unfortunately, during a recent trip to Target, we learned that the hard plastic Buzz Lightyear is no longer being produced. So until we find another one, we must share, which brings all parties involved much consternation.
Several times throughout the day, you will disappear in to your brother's room, where you will sit and quietly play with Buzz Lightyear and Woody for a half hour or more. Quite often, your older brother tends to get a little crazy when you are playing with these toys - which tends to make me a little crazy - because not only is he hyper-possessive over the one hard plastic Buzz Lightyear, he is going through a phase where he likes to stash any toy that he is not playing with in various hiding places so that you can't find them.
(But rest assured, I always help you out.)
Even though they aren't always the best with sharing, you adore your siblings.
And they continue to adore you.
Your siblings have helped to teach you so much. You know where your nose, eyes, ears, fingers, toes, legs, arms and tummy are and you have mastered eating cereal with a spoon and spaghetti with a fork.
You will work alongside your siblings whenever they do home school activities, contentedly stacking blocks or reading books.
But because you are so determined to keep up with them, you do not like to miss any of the action and will resist naps until you pass out cold.
How it is that your siblings on any given day and if provided the opportunity, will take up to a three hour nap and still sleep a solid 11 hours at night, while you nap no more than 45 minutes during the day and sleep no more than 8 hours at night, is beyond me.
Even though you have robbed, and continue to rob, me of a good night's sleep, I cannot imagine loving you any more than I do. The two of us have such a strong bond that your father will hold one of his hands up high and say, "There is Mommy..." then holding his hand down low to the ground add, "...and then there is everything else."
It often happens when I hold you, that I will think, "This is the best moment of my entire life. This one, right now, this is as good as it gets." So thank you for making my heart so full that it warms my soul. Thank you for making me feel so blessed, that my vision often blurs with tears.
Thank you for coming in to our world and for taking my breath away, on a daily basis.