Another year has flown by and you are another year older. When I look back at pictures of you from last year, it's hard to remember you like that. You seem so little, yet, at the time, you seemed so big! I can't believe how much you've changed physically since then. It's so fun to compare pictures from a year ago.
It's so fun to actually talk to you now. You are almost to the point where we can have conversations. You still have a little bit of work to do, but your speech has dramatically improved. In fact, I would say that in the past two months, you've had a huge increase in your speech. You form words better, and speak them better than you used to. There are still some words that you pronounce incorrectly. Yogurt is the biggest one. You say "weegurt" and I absolutely love it! I took a video of you a few weeks ago pronouncing some words that I thought were cute. I should take a video of you saying your name and a few other things, just to have for memory. I know that all too quickly, you will change, your little voice will change, and I won't be able to remember it.
We have been working very hard on asking politely for things, instead of demanding or whining. Some days go very well, and some days don't. I usually make you stop and ask again nicely if you fail to do it properly the first time. I don't let you have things unless you ask nicely. For the most part, we have a pretty good understanding of that. Sometimes you really want something that I won't let you have, and that doesn't make you very happy. I know that you're still trying to figure out all your big emotions. Some days my patience is better than others. Same goes for you. We will still continue to work on it.
You became a big sister this year. From the first moment you met your brother, you loved him! You always want to hold him, feed him, rock him, touch him, pick him up, anything to be around him. You aren't always supposed to do those things, but you want to anyways! I have loved seeing you and your brother together. He loves watching you. He is going to look up for so many things, and, as his big sister, it's your job to teach him things that you know. I think that you are going to enjoy teaching him things. I think that you'll love playing with him even more when he becomes mobile. I love how fiercely you love him. I pray that you always love him and have a close relationship.
Things haven't changed too much in the sleep department. You still go to bed between 8:30-9:00 PM and wake up anywhere from 6:30-7:30 AM. Most days, you still take an afternoon nap lasting anywhere from 2-4 hours. On days that you skip a nap, watch out! You are definitely cranky. However, if you are entertained and stimulated enough, you can be ok skipping a nap. I don't like to make a habit of it, but sometimes we have stuff to do, so a nap doesn't happen.
Daddy and I gave it a good effort to try and get you potty trained, but you weren't really on board with it yet. There were times when you did a great job, and times when you were too busy doing something else and had an accident. After a few accidents in a row, I threw the towel in and decided to give you a little more time. You understand the concept, you will go on the potty, you just have a hard time stopping what you're doing to go when you need to before it's too late. I'm hoping that you'll be ready for it soon. I feel like, with everything else that has been a transition, you need to decide you're ready and then you do a great job at it. I know that I'm ready for you to be done with diapers! I might give it just a couple more weeks and then give it another push.
Daddy and I put you in a gymnastics class, which you absolutely loved. We only took one session, but you still ask for it sometimes. I wasn't that crazy about the class. I like Kindermusik better. I just signed you up for another Kindermusik class and you're excited to go again.
A big adjustment that we have had to make this year is that Daddy got a new job and is working in Houston right now. He travels back home on his days off. You miss him a lot and I can tell that it's hard on you with him being gone. You always ask how many days until he comes back home. When he is home, you act out horribly. You are a completely different child when he's home, and it's not good! I know that it's because you miss, and because you want attention, and because he lets you get away with stuff that I don't. It's stressful for all of us.
We've gone to Houston to visit twice and you love it. You are in the best mood when you know that you are going to get to fly on an airplane. I love that you are such a good little traveler. You never act up, you listen very well, and you have a great time! I look forward to taking more trips with you in the future. I hope that we can take a lot of mother/daughter trips. I feel like you are going to love traveling, just like me. You don't like to nap when we travel and just want to go, go go.
You weigh 35 1/2 pounds (88th %ile) and are 38 1/2 inches (81st %ile) tall. You are wearing 4T clothing, and I have bought a mixture of 5T and 4 for summer stuff. You wear a size 6 diaper, and a size 8 shoe.
My girl, I just can't believe that three years have flown by since you were born. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday. I can still remember the anticipation waiting for you to arrive. I love spending days with you and watching you grow and learn. I am so blessed to be your mom!