My dear sweet Ruby,
Last week you turned 59 months old (and yes I'm late again). It's been a bit of a rough month, your daddy hasn't been feeling great, not getting enough sleep and just generally feeling run down, so we've all been a bit challenged to keep things running as usual. Your sleep hit the skids again and now you're having awake nights once or twice a week. It's not the worst, but we're still tired and sometimes a little short with each other. Every month these letter keep getting later and later, so i'm thinking next month might be my last. You'll be 5 years old and 60 monthly love letters are pretty rad. So I'm thinking after next months I might just switch to writing random letters to you, about you. I hope that's ok.
This month has been one for jumping in puddles, peering through holes in fences (and throwing things over them) and exploring what's under big rocks.
It's been one of snuggles and shouts of "Come 'ere, you wanna snuggle?"
Yes my sweet girl, the answer is always YES.
It's been time for zoo trips on sunny (and not so sunny) days.
Where you tried to become a lion tamer,
Or lion dentist, I'm not sure.
You also fell in love with the penguins and we spent quite a long time watching them dive and swim.
It's been a month of fresh cut grass to run your toes through
And a long weekend visit to Nana and Grandpa's where you dragged them down to the river to show them how you throw rocks in. You are the best at it, after all.
Sometimes I'm not sure if you can be any cuter.
You also took a trip to an awesome playground in Eugene, where you climbed on the back of a whale.
and showed it who was boss.
And you had a good swing (or three) with Grandpa.
You also have completely blown my mind this month by not only learning the letters of your name and shouting "R-U-B-Y Ruby!" but also tracing the letters and calling them out while you do it.
Seriously amazing sweet girl.I could watch you do this all day (and somedays I do)
You've also taken your coloring to a different level. You like ink pens, and dark colors only please. You're also really into shading things in, and coloring the same item on each page (in a themed book)so that everyone has matching hats, or all the beds look similar. It's really awesome to watch your brain do what it does.
In some ways its also been a tough month. The sleep deprivation, the crabbiness and some whopper tantrums. Try as we might, we all have bad days and sometimes I'm not the best mama in the world, but I try my best to make sure you know I love you more than anything no matter how crabby I am.
At the end of the day, no matter how bad it's been, there you are, snuggled up in your bed, inches from me. I know that every night at some point I'll feel your sleepy body crawl into my bed and you'll press your head against mine (stealing my pillow and hogging the blankets) and wrap your arms around me and I know you love me too. At the end of the day, there is always love.
I can't believe you're going to be FIVE. How did that happen? Just 5 minutes ago you were still a dream not yet realized and now you're FIVE? Sometime I just can't believe it's true, but then I see you across the room and it is. You're a kid you're MY kid, and you're awesome.
I love you, always, forever, and then some.