Letters to Elizabeth: Happy 3rd Birthday!

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Dear Elizabeth,

You have always been my snuggler.  You beg me to rock you each night (not that you need to beg, by the way.  It is one of my most cherished parts of the day).  Tonight I rocked you for the last time as a two year old.

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Tomorrow you will be 3 years old.  Time sure does fly.

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I think back over the last 3 years and can’t imagine our little family without you.  You bring so much personality to the dynamic.  You are one of the sweetest little humans I know.  You have a huge heart and are extremely affectionate.  You are painfully shy with people you don’t know, but for the lucky ones that you feel comfortable with, you are quick to show your affections.  More than one heart has been melted as you run with outstretched arms, squealing and giggling with delight at the sight of someone you love.  Your smile and precious giggle are infectious.

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Although you have had a few “terrible two” moments, overall you are not a tantrum thrower.  You, my little love, are a crier.  You will cry over the smallest things, and when I say ‘cry’, I mean sobbing, wailing, crocodile-tear inducing, choking, crying.  You have done this since you were really little.  I remember cooking dinner with you wailing at my feet.  I kept thinking that eventually you would realize that those crocodile tears didn’t really get you anywhere.  Three years later….and I am still waiting for you to catch on.  I, on the other hand, have caught on to your need for physical touch.  As I tried to get things done around the house, more often than not, I would be followed by a tiny toddler wailing “hold me Mama! Hold me!!  Hold meeeeeee!!!”.  I learned quickly that no matter how busy I was, that ignoring the crying would not help.  What you needed was for me to stop, pick you up and snuggle you for a minimum of 5-10 minutes.  I would feel your little body relax, you would take a few big, deep breaths, and I would know you were ready to go off and play.  As you have become more vocal, you will now tell me, “I need you to snuggle me Mommy”.  How can I say “no” to that?

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Two has been a fun year.  I love your little expressions and toddler pronunciations.  Your dad has tried to correct a few, and I tell him he better not!  Right now one of my favorites is the way you use ‘to’ instead of ‘for’.  For example, you are wonderful at saying thank you, and after letting you choose the yogurt at the grocery store, you will exclaim, “Mommy, thank you to get me this yogurt!”.  I also adore the way you say ‘stunk’ instead of skunk.  You are quick to point out road kill with a “shew, I smell a stunk Mommy!”.  I have got to get better at writing down your little sayings.  There are so many, and I can’t think of any right now!

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Hide and Go Seek is a favorite of yours.  Even though you are absolutely terrible at it!  You love playing ‘ring around the rosey’.  You love coloring and reading and bubbles.  And ever since I introduced you to scissors, you can make paper fringe with the best of them.  Slides and swings are your favorite things at the park, but you are definitely my timid child, and many a slide has been abandoned because the climb to get to the top is just too steep.  You still love baby dolls (and real babies too).  Watching you with your baby cousins this past year has been so sweet.  You would watch Doc McStuffins all day, if I would let you.  You love tea parties and playing with your kitchen.  You also always ask what you can do to help me get ready for lunch or dinner.  You actually are a really good little helper in the kitchen!  You love wrestling with Daddy and Papaw, but are not quite as tough as your brother.  Many a wrestling match ends with you in tears because you think the boys are being too rough.  That just means more snuggles for me.  And you are still in that age where you ask for me to kiss a boo-boo better, and actually believe that my kisses are magic.

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You have absolutely no interest in potty training.  So far your standard response when asked if you want to go on the potty, you say "when I am this many" (holding up 3 sweet little fingers).  Tomorrow you will be "that" many, so we will see how that goes...  We have also told you that you get to move to a big girl bed when you turn 3.  You LOVE your crib, and after one 'big girl bed' conversation you tearfully told me that you didn't want to be a big girl because "I wuv my crib".  The big girl bed is coming on Saturday.  We shall see how that one goes as well!

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You amaze me on a daily basis with your sense of humor, your vocabulary, your intelligence, your sweetness…I could go on and on.  I look at you and sometimes I feel like my heart might burst with love.  I am in constant amazement that God chose me to be your mom.  You are so special.  I pray you always know how much you are loved.

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Happy birthday sweet Lizzie!



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Letters to Elizabeth: Happy 2nd Birthday!

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March 27, 2015

Dear Elizabeth,

You are two years old! How can that be? Two years and oh-so full of life. What a personality you have. I went back and re-read the letters I wrote to you at 2 months, 6 months, and one year. It was clear even then that you would have a big personality, and strong opinions on things. Still so true! And, it is still true that you are definitely a mama's girl through and through.

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Lots have changed since my last letter to you (a year ago?! Shame on me!). You have started going to the same Childrens' Day Out program that Jacob has been going to since he was 18 months old. I was really worried about leaving you. You pitch fits when I put you down, how on earth was I going to be able to leave you for a whole day, twice a week?! But you have done wonderfully! The teachers love you and tell me how smart you are. You usually head straight for the baby dolls or the play kitchen. You don't nap very well at school, but the teachers tell me that at least you lay quietly on your mat holding your Lovey and sucking your thumb.

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One of the most fun things lately is to hear your vocabulary absolutely explode! You can repeat almost anything we say (or at least you try). Even Jacob gets really excited to hear you say new words. And now you are putting words into phrases and sentences. I love it! One of your favorite phrases is “Mommy do it”. This is said every time any other person offers to help you do something. Nope. Mommy do it. My personal favorite phrase of yours is “Miss you too”. We think that you think miss you= love you. We will say “love you” and you respond “miss you too”. It melts my heart when I pick you up from the crib in the morning, you snuggle into my neck , and in a still sleepy voice whisper, “miss you too”. Heart=mush. I “miss you too” sweet girl! More than words can express.

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You love to look at photographs and identify the people in them. I especially love when you see yourself and excitedly say, “Lizzie!”. You love to do puzzles, and are really good at them. Books are another favorite of yours. If you are crying uncontrollably because (horrors) I am busy cooking dinner and can't hold you, without fail, Daddy can read you a pile of books and you are in Heaven. You love slides at the park and hiding under blankets to surprise Daddy when he gets home. You love running and giggling. Laughing is your favorite. And your laugh is one of my favorites. It ranks right up there with Jacob's.  And goodness, you love to be silly.  What a sense of humor you already have.  You crack yourself up daily.  "see-y Goose" (silly goose) is another favorite phrase of yours.  

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It fascinates me to see how different you are from your brother. He has always been super tough, you are a lot more sensitive to every little “boo-boo” that comes your way. He is rough and tumble, you prefer playing more quietly. I mentioned earlier your love of dolls. Another difference between you and your brother that fascinates me is your predisposition to all things “girly” . Until you were one, you only had “boy” toys, but even before you had a doll, you would play with teddy bears as if they were baby dolls. You love to feed, rock, put to bed, pat, etc, etc, etc. You are so nurturing and loving to your babies. It is so sweet to watch. You LOVE to dress and undress and dress and undress your babies (or I should say you love for ME to do that for you since you haven't mastered putting the clothes back over their legs and arms). You are such a girl, and I love it! You love purses and jewelry. Again, even before you had play jewelry you would pick up baby toys that were rings and try to put them on your wrists. You are definitely a little mimic, and will stand and watch me get ready in the morning and mimic everything I am doing. As cute as it is, it definitely reminds me that you are watching me, and I must work hard to remind you that makeup and curling irons are not the things that make you beautiful.

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You are still Jacob's biggest fan, and I love to see you two play together. It has gotten a little more challenging as you begin to want to play with some of the same toys. At the same time. But not together... Sibling battles have definitely begun. Luckily, 90% of the time you two get along beautifully. Jacob has been an amazing big brother since the day we brought you home. He loves you so much.

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I feel like I could go on and on about all the special little things that make you, well... you! Sometimes your dad and I can't help but look at each other and smile at some utterly precious thing you are doing or saying. You are pretty stinkin' adorable.

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Love you/Miss you too my sweet Elizabeth!



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