Oct 24, 2015
Happy 3rd Birthday Sydney!
Your 3rd birthday has definitely been the first one you have been excited about and it started at London's birthday back in June. You have been asking at least once a week, since then, when your birthday is, or when brought up in conversation, you say "it's not for a while".
We held your birthday party a week early since Fairytale Town is busy with Halloween festivities this weekend, so they weren't booking birthdays. We kept it small, but you had a blast just the same. You loved all the attention put on you, for once, as you have had to be in London's shadow a bit the last couple of months with her graduating preschool and starting kindergarten.
The last year has brought some major changes for you. At Thanksgiving last year, you transitioned for your crib to a big girl bed. You were more than happy to say goodbye to the crib and be a big girl like London. Though now your dad and I are dealing with your ability to get up on your own. There have been several months where more times than not, you have gotten out of bed and come to ours, either for something to drink, to cuddle with us or to just be put back to bed. I'm pretty sure this all started when you started realizing dreams. Things have gotten better and you have gotten sneakier. Just last week you snuck into our bed and settled in between us. At the same time, I know your dad and I aren't the best at putting the kabosh on this, since you are such a good cuddler and we know this won't last forever.
Over the July 4th weekend, we spent the long holiday cooped up inside, potty training. But it was a success and you have not looked back since. You barely need pull-ups at night either.
The last big change for you is not having London at day care with you anymore. While you two weren't in the same class, I know you two say each other throughout the day and I can tell you both miss each other - while at the same time you like the special time you get in the car with your dad each morning and afternoon. The first time I drove you to school since London went to kindergarten you cried since we were in the red car and not the black truck.
You've also moved from the Barnyard and Ducklings Class onto Sea Turtles, which was formerly the Friendly Froggies Class London started out in at daycare. You even skipped over the Zoo Crew class, which you should have gone to after Ducklings. Your speech and communication skills are growing exponentially it seems. Full sentences are no problem for you and you are fairly easy to understand.
You and London share a great bond already. You both miss each other throughout the week and enjoy seeing each other back at home. You definitely wish you could be with her too. You actually pouted and said "I'm never going to kindergarten" when I told you you couldn't go to school with her, yet. You've also got a great pouty lip - I've never seen someone get that bottom lip out so far. Of course, you and London still have your squabbles, all the same.
Your independent streak has continued. While you still need help getting dressed some days, you are still trying to do it yourself, though you are more quick to ask for help. At the same time, you get very upset when I don't let you where what you want or have picked out. You also say "I do it myself" often, for everything!
Another thinking you love to do is to help, except when it comes to cleaning up your own room and toys. When grandma is in town, she often gets your help washing dishes or cleaning the table or windows. Any time you have a chance to use a spray bottle, you want to help. You'll even come into the kitchen and try and help me any way I can find for you. But you especially love helping with the chickens or garden. Whether its collecting eggs or "matoes" or spraying water into the chickens' water bowl, you love to be out there right by our side. Luckily, you are getting big enough to truly help. Now if I could just keep you from eating all the tomatoes you pick. I definitely need to plant more cherry tomato plants next year.
It's hard to pinpoint anything that is your absolute favorite, as everything is your favorite. Even if it is a show you have never seen or a song you have never heard. The enthusiasm in which you say "This is my favorite" is adorable.
You get more and more energetic every year and less and less shy. Now it takes less than 3 minutes to warm up to new people. And your energy is contagious to every one you meet.
I can't wait to see what the next year brings out in you. We love you.