Buba, we took you to a new park yesterday and as you kicked your soccer ball around with Daddy and wondered up and down various paths and stairs I got to thinking how much you have recently changed. How much more confident you are. How better you are at doing your own thing. You have even sprouted taller making you look far older than your very recently celebrated 3rd birthday. People ask me, why you aren’t in school yet? You are not four yet but with your new found confidence I actually think you are ready for it next year. You have heard the neighbors all talking about their kids going and on a daily basis you ask me when is it your turn. I was nervous for you to start next year being more skittish than most kids but I have no doubt you will be ready to run from Mommy when that time comes. I don’t know if it was our trip to America with so many older kids around for so long or your new found sight with your glasses that has changed you so much but you have really grown up over night. You explore new things and go to new heights! We are so proud of you.
Missy Moo, is there anything you don’t want to climb, touch, take with you from wherever we go now? You are my brave girl that has no fear. You have a new found love for steps of all kinds. You will happily step up a big curb just to turn around to step down it and repeat as many times as we will let you. You love your dresses, dollies, and headbands and yet you love rolling in the dirt and climbing the highest slide just to tumble down it. You laugh when you fall instead of cry. Sometimes I wish you had a smaller pain threshold as you scare me to death with all your bumps and bruises. You are starting to say more words and your voice is becoming a little girl voice, both raspy and high pitched like mine. Your giggles have changed to little girl deep genuine giggles instead of baby coos now too. It’s the sweetest sound in the whole world. Your hair at the front is finally growing and people are less and less asking if you are a boy. Grandma says I was the exact same. I still can’t tell if it will go really curly like your brothers and mine yet. Time will tell. You have skipped a size in your clothes and moved up a swimming class too. All these little milestones passing us fast. The era of having a baby in the house is gone. You are my last baby and a baby no more. We have had to buy a baby gate which I never thought I would do. I hate baby gates but you are persistent and refuse to keep yourself safe. You are catching up with your brother now and to his excitement you both can play on big kid things together now. I am just starting to embrace having two toddlers!
You both are outdoor tots! There is something about being outside that brings you both happiness and bliss. You whine less, you fight less, you show more love to each other, you explore together and are a better team outdoors. Buba you are the big protective brother showing your sister new things. Missy Moo you are definitely the boss, telling us where to go next and what you want to do first. I can always count on a good day out if we are going to be exploring the great outdoors with you both. You even love to have lunch out. Something I never thought I could cope with two toddlers is lunch in public but it has become one of my favorite things to do with you both. You both love your food so for that I am grateful and probably makes lunches out that much easier.
These ordinary moments we have together in the park and out to lunch, they are the ones I want to remember forever. The ones I love to repeat over and over and they are the ones there will always be new memories from. It doesn’t have to be a day in disneyland with you two, you are appreciative of the ordinary things in life and that makes me both so proud and so happy to be your mother. May these amazing ordinary moments long continue in our lives together.