My dear sweet Ruby,
It's been a while since I wrote you a letter, 6 months to be exact. But, we've been busy, and well, I forgot. So much has happened, SO MUCH. Frankly, as per usual, you've blown our minds with what you've done and how you've grown. Kindergarden has proven to be so much fun for you, you've made friends, you're working hard on communicating and interacting with them. You've been hugely successful with potty at school, tho we're still working on getting poops in the toilet, and we're all doing our best to be patient with you as you learn how to do this and communicate your needs to us.
At school you're progressing well on all of your goals, not blowing through them, but slowly working on each one. I'm not sure you'll reach all of them, but you're trying, and we're so proud of you. Your language is progressing with leaps and bounds, your conversational skills surprise me every day. You'd think that I would be used to these surprises by now, but I never am, they always blow me away.
You've been having sleep troubles off and on again but the awesome thing is that you're sleeping in your own room! We moved your bed into your Lorax room shortly before Christmas, and surprisingly it was an pretty easy transition... well the going to bed part was. Every night you're happy as can be to run into your room after your shower and hop into bed and to let one of us read books to you and snuggle you till you fall asleep. However you've only had a night or two that you slept all night alone in there, and after a month and half of your daddy and I taking turns sleeping in your twin bed we finally decided to just put a twin mattress on the floor of your room so we'd have a comfortable place to sleep. I figure all of your sleep transitions have been difficult and have taken a long time so this one probably will be too but we might as well get as much rest as possible during it.
Your daddy is doing all the nght duty because I realized I just needed more sleep... because you're going to be a big sister! It's still very abstract for you, but I think you're starting to get it. Every night when I do bedtime you like to rest your head on my belly and say "good night! sweet dreams baby!" We listen to the heartbeat with a doppler and you will sometimes get a HUGE smile on your face when we hear that sweet galloping sound that is your little brother or sister. I can't wait till you can feel the kicks and rolls as he or she grows bigger in my belly, and I really can't wait to see how you grow and mature when he or she arrives.
My dear, amazing Ruby, I can't believe you're closer to six than you are to five. Every day you amaze me, and every day I'm grateful to be your mother. Every day you shake me to my core, empty me out and fill me up again. Every day, you show me thing I didn't know existed in the world around me, and in the world within me.
I love you, I love you, I love you.