To my big girl,
First things first, check out the photo below. It's of you, and wow you are looking at the camera and smiling. Mummy nearly jumped for joy when she took this photo of you. You tolerate the camera most of the time, but ask you to look at it and smile and you plaster on the biggest, fakest grin imaginable. I can rarely get a photo of you looking at the camera and smiling your beautiful natural smile, so to say I love this photo is an understatement.
When I look at it, two things strike me the most. Firstly your wonderful hair- your wild unruly curls. I couldn't love them anymore. They drive me mad on a daily basis and every morning we have a fight about brushing them, you say 'please can I have it scruffy today Mummy?' meaning that we don't put it up. You hate having it brushed, put in a top knot or having it washed. The problem is it gets so tangly that it hurts you and we end up having to have a mammoth brushing session that results in tears. Still I adore it and I won't cut even if it goes all straggly at the ends. Mummy had hair like you until Grandma got it cut when I was ten into a bob (although the boys at school liked to call me helmet head!) and the curls never grew back. I love my curly haired girl.
The second thing that strikes me is how grown up you are. You officially are a little girl. You have been for some time, but there is no ounce of toddler left in you now. You are growing up so quickly and looking at this photo makes me feel a little sentimental. Where did my baby go? You are the funniest little person nowadays, making us laugh constantly. You have the cheekiest, most bizarre little personality, and you come up with the most crazy songs and sayings. We will laugh and then you will laugh your big belly laugh, and make us laugh even more.
You talk ten to the dozen and sometimes I wish you had an off switch so we could have a moments peace. You chatter chatter chatter all day long and come out with the funniest things. The other day when LL had a nice outfit on you said 'Wow doesn't LL look snazzy.' And then another day you said 'Let me see your teeth,' to which I showed you and you replied 'You have pink teeth' (meaning my gums) and then you said ' I really think you need to give them a brush.' You pretty much pronounce all your words properly now except in the evenings when we sit down to read you say 'Are you sitting comferly?' instead of comfortably. You also pronounce cuddlle as 'cuggle'- I never want you to stop saying it like that.
This month your favourite toys to pay with are your Toy Story characters, you love Toy Story and so we got you a little Woody, Buzz, Rex and Bullseye. You also love to cut things with your scissors and will sit for ages and just chop up different bits of paper. You love to play with play dough, and constantly ask us to get it out even though you make a complete mess each time and trample it into our cream carpet!
You still love to watch You Tube and will watch some bizarre things on there, a favourite still being watching chocolate eggs being unwrapped. Completely strange but you love it and so we let you watch it for a little while each day. Mummy sits with you and watches what you watch but the other day you said the strangest thing. I was getting you out of the car seat, and you shouted 'You will never take me alive!' at the top of your voice before dissolving into giggles. I have no idea where it came from, unless it was from someone at nursery with an older brother or sister, so the only thing I can think is that you must have watched it somewhere. It made me laugh at the time because it was so out of the blue, but I would rather you didn't say it again!
You adore your little sister so much and it is so lovely to see. LL is going through a funny phase where she will only tolerate you in small doses and sometimes I feel a bit sad because you want to cuddle her but all she wants is Mummy. You don't understand and just want to cuddle her non stop, and I feel sorry for you when she cries and pushes you away. You are so cuddly and affectionate, and I hope that you will never lose that trait. You still love playing with ears and will now ask me 'Mummy can I play with your ear?' and will snuggle on my knee and cuddle and stroke.
You have your moments, where you drive me crazy and can be naughty or push the boundaries but for the most part you are actually a really good little girl. You are at an age now where you listen to me (sometimes) if I tell you off and generally I can stop you from doing something, although every now and again we have days where you just whine and test my patience a lot. Mostly though, we just have lots of fun together, and you make me laugh non stop.
You are a silly, feisty, funny, strange little person. But you are my little person and I love you for that.
I love you, always and forever.
But as always, you already knew that.