A 31 Month Little Girl.
My Dearest Mads,
I am a little behind on this letter as you turned 31 months old on the 24th July. Life is just so busy at the moment and I feel like time is whizzing by far too quickly.
We went to a toddler group today, it's the only one we regularly go to any more, it's a singing group at Pizza Express and you just love it. There was a little boy there and I asked his Mum how old he was, thinking she would say 4 ish as he looked so grown up. She said 'Oh he's just turned three.' And it frightened me a little, three seemed very grown up. I am so sad to be leaving your baby and toddler days behind, I cannot even imagine what I am going to be like when you go to school!
You know your own mind these days. You always have done, but I really have to put you in your place sometimes as you can answer me back or repeat back what I say. For the most part you are a really good little girl but I do call you my little diva. If you are a bit tired or under the weather, you can just be 'difficult'. Nothing too bad, just hyper and a little monkey. I have to remember you are only two years old, but because you talk and interact so well I sometimes think of you as older than your friends of the same age.
I worry about your eating habits. You only have two or three meals that you will actually eat at dinner time- and you wouldn't dream of eating a vegetable. You also have an incredibly sweet tooth like your Mummy, and I have got into bad habits of giving in to you and letting you have a biscuit or something chocolatey when you have been a good girl. While I don't mind anything in moderation, I wish you would learn to eat healthier things too- I hope it is just a phase and you will enjoy these things in time.
We are really enjoying the summer together, and go out and see friends as much as we can. At the moment you are still napping 2-3 hours in the afternoon so often our days are centered around nap time. If we are doing something really fun I don't mind you missing it, but I am in no hurry for you to drop your nap so I would prefer to make sure we are back in time for them. I now realise how incredibly lucky we were to have such a wonderful sleeper in you from a very young age- unfortunately your little sister is not the same!
You have such an incredibly compassionate and caring nature, and I hope you always keep that. You are affectionate and cuddly towards your close family, and sweet and kind to your friends, and you make me so proud. I often look at you and wonder what you will become, I like to guess. At the moment I would say a midwife because you are obsessed with babies! Or maybe a nursery teacher? I don't care what you do as long as you are happy.
You are a funny little thing, with funny little traits. You love to have bags of 'treasure', just little bits and bobs you have collected from around the house. If I empty out your bag that is next to me at the moment it has a couple of Kinder egg cheap plastic toys, a Peppa Pig purse with some 'monies' in it that you got from Grandma, a cheap pastic recorder, and a pretend hard boiled egg. For some reason you love to collect bits and pieces of cheap tat, it makes me chuckle.
This past few weeks you have started to get a bit upset about leaving Mummy or Daddy. You cry when we leave you with your Auntie Emma, even though you have been going to see her for well over eighteen months. The other day Grandpa and Nana Jacqueline came to pick you up for a fun day out and you got so upset about leaving you nearly hyperventilated. You have always been so independent, I wonder if it is just a phase?
We have booked you into pre-school for one afternoon a week from September, ideally we would have liked a morning or all day session but they are fully booked. From January we are going to use your government funding and put you into either pre school or a private nursery so Mummy can get her work done. I think it will really benefit you to be around other children without Mummy, and I think you will thrive, but I can't help feel sad about how quickly you are growing up.
We will just have to make sure that the days we are together are full of fun and adventure.
Until next month, my darling girl.
Mummy loves you more than anything in the world. But as always you already knew that.