My Dear amazing Ruby,
Today you are 46 months old. Quite frankly, this month has been astounding. It seems like something just woke up in your language center and you haven't stopped talking. The sheer number of phrases you're repeating, adding and replying are mind boggling. Even your speech therapist is floored.
You're using "I" statements all the time. "I'm foosty! (thirsty) I want water!" "I'm hungry! It's dinnertime!" "I went POTTY! YES!" (not in the toilet, but still, this is big!)
You're also telling much longer and intricate stories. After you went potty (in the back yard) you told me all about how potty goes in the toilet and then how you put on pants and wash your hands. Also many stories about birds, and water and swimming and the cats.
You're singing along with many of your favorite songs, making up the words or just jumbling them together when you're not sure, but it sure is cute to hear you sing along with Kermit, or Grover or the whole cast from Wicked. Oh, with a sense of humor like yours I'm sure you'll be Popular.
Mik is your new buddy, he lets you rub his tummy (knead is more like it) and play with his ears and tail, and you're slowly learning how to be gentle and understand when he needs less or a break.
You're getting better about choosing different outcomes than you might have a while back. I love when you realize that it's just as easy to put your plate on the counter when you're done than toss it across the floor, and it's much easier for all of us! I love when you spill, and choose to help me clean up, singing your clean up song as you work.
This has also been a month of spending a lot of time with your grand parents.
You love Grandpa's beard, and I'm pretty sure he loved having you twirl his mustache.
Nana and Grandpa took you to an indoor playground and you climbed the clouds you so lovingly admire from below.
You spent lots of time loving on your Nana, laughing, singing and playing.
You notice so much of the world around you, so many things that the rest of us tend to pass by. You notice the clouds, and planes, and birds, and water sparkling in the sun. I love that you remind me to notice these things.
You know how to find joy. You know how to laugh. You know how to live. You know how to truly feel the sun on your face.
Grandma is visiting this week and you're having a great time showing her how to do things Ruby style.
This month has been amazing ruby, the talking, the singing, the cooperation. You're really shifting into a new space and it's lovely to behold. I'm so very happy that I am lucky enough to be your mama and to be able to watch you grow and learn. Every day is a blessing, a joy, a challenge, a triumph. You remind me that baby steps matter, and are awesome, and that we should jump feet first into everything with JOY.
I love you, my sweet dirty footed, sweaty headed, silly song singing, blueberry eating monkey.
All my love, Mama.