To my sweet Penelope on your third birthday,
Well my little love we finally made it to your birthday. I'm not rushing time, in fact I'm really wishing it would slow on down, but you are the one who's been chatting away about your birthday for the last three weeks. Every morning you wake up asking if it's your birthday, and today I could finally say yes! You are three years old.
I don't know when it happened that you became a little girl, with thoughts and feelings that you know how to articulate. But here you are, stringing sentences together, knowing what you want and also what you don't.
This has probably been my favorite year yet as your Mom, and maybe in my life. You are just so very much fun. We chat and play and have tea parties and picnics. You take care of your baby dolls and make them dinner in your kitchen. You can do so many things now. In the last year, we've gone to the Liberty science center, saw Disney on Ice, spent many days at the beach and at the park. You were so much easier to travel with on the airplane to Aruba. You were potty trained and as of now are totally pull-up free. Oh what a difference this has made for me. You are just easy to bring places and mostly a very easy kid. Much easier than your newborn days.
Our favorite weekends with you are spent having brunch and hitting the park for swings and slides. Our recent favorite spot is brunch at the Hamilton Inn (you love their fries), followed by Hamilton Park.
You still go to daycare/school and though you hate it on Monday mornings, I let you know that everyone does which seems to make you feel more ok about it. you do love your teachers and your friends.
Your teachers tell me that you have a very strong personality and they say
it with a twinge in their eye, meaning that you are probably a bit more work for them than they'd like. but please don't ever change. Because I know this strong personality will make you very successful one day and maybe even help you out of a tough situation or to be the one to step up and say or do the right thing, even if no one else is. And those are my real hopes and dreams for you.
Last week at a birthday party daddy brought you a slice of pizza that was cut down the middle and the first thing you did was to give the first half to your friend and keep the second half for yourself. And my heart exploded.
You love the number five.
Your negotiation skills would make any lawyer proud, especially when it comes to the number of stories we read at bedtime.
You love love love running and jumping.
You know how to control the elevator at home and at school and your dad and I can't help but crack up at what a city kid you are.
Recently you've preferred walking to school hand in hand rather than using the stroller and gosh you are just such a little big girl. You love the traffic light and the walk signal. If the walk signal starts blinking, you grab my hand more tightly and tell me hurry up mommy!
One of our favorite things to do is to watch the trains come in to journal square. And biking around our neighborhood. You also love stopping into one of the local stores for a treat on your walk home from school. This is the city kid life that I always wanted my children to have and I love that you love it.
You are also really smart. You know all of your letters and numbers. You know your shapes and colors. I can tell that you already can't wait to learn to read and try so hard to memorize your books so that you can read them to dad and me at night.
Your current favorite play item is play doh. You could sit for hours playing and watching play doh videos on YouTube. You especially love the pizza and cupcake tutorials (my girl). Your favorite shows are peppa pig and paw patrol. You insist on calling yourself peppa.
I've gone on and on and could keep going. You are the light of my life and I can't wait for all that's still to come! Keep doing you my baby doll.
...and here's some of my favorite pictures of her over the last few years...