I can’t believe this is the first blog post I’m writing so far this year. It’s almost June! This spring has been a whirlwind of school and daycare and work and wedding preparation.
We decided to start sending you to daycare… we call it “school”… a few months ago and it’s been a difficult transition for you. Some days are better than others but overall it’s not your favorite thing to do. You have fun once you’re there, but you’re very attached to us and would rather stay home and play. You’re only there two days a week but in some ways I think that’s made the transition harder.
In two months you’ll turn 3 and this fall you’ll go to a montessori school! We’re very excited that you got in (you did so well at your interview!) and we think the montessori style will be perfect for you. You’re very independent and curious and we know it will be a solid foundation for your education.
Instead of taking two courses last semester, I opted for one so that I wasn’t too overwhelmed leading up to the the wedding. Unfortunately that means I couldn’t graduate in May and will need to either test out of the final course (by taking the CLEP exam) or take it this summer so I can graduate in August. The end is sooo close I can feel it. It was always a goal of mine to finish school before you started and it looks as though that will still happen.
Your dad and I have talked about me getting my MBA but decided two of us in school at the same time is a pretty stressful way to live and maybe it’s best to hold off for now. He still has two years left in his doctoral program in physical therapy and is now talking about staying on another 18 months for his PhD. This would give him the option of teaching at the college level if that was ever something he wanted to do later in life. He’s so smart and such an excellent student. I’m proud of him.
You are 29 pounds and so tall for your age! Your vocabulary is off the charts. You talk a million miles a minute and have been since you turned two. Two and a half, however, saw a huge leap in your words and sentences. You ask us questions and tell us stories and understand so much of what we tell you. Last night you were getting ready to go upstairs for bedtime and your pacis (yes… you still use them at night…) were on the kitchen counter. You asked me why they were there and I told you I washed them for you. You said, “Oh! Thank you mom for washing my pacis!” We just shake our heads at how smart and quick you are. When we run into strangers at the grocery store or playground they say, “How old are you?” and you say, “Two and a half!” You also tell people your full name when they ask, “Moses Lee-Jennings Nelson”.
You’re not in love with the pets. They’re more of a nuisance to you than anything. I’m guessing you get that from your dad. You love balloons. We currently have a giant mylar fire truck in our family room that cost $10. Your dad can’t say no. Neither of us can. You also love puzzles, books, “cooking” and the playground.
At night you sleep with about 6 stuffed animals all around you and you ask us to cover them up when we’re tucking you in. You love to sing and you’re not afraid of anything. Except hand driers. And haircuts.
Your dad and I got married a few weeks ago in the park and had a little lunch reception afterward with family. You weren’t thrilled with the whole experience. When you saw me getting my hair done you screamed, “I don’t like you fancy!” Fair enough. I don’t usually either.
You also had a meltdown as I was coming down the aisle so I had to pick you up and hold you at the alter while Papa gave his sermon. Poor Moose. You just like things to be normal and routined. That day was anything but.
We went on a honeymoon in Asheville for a few days and you stayed with your grandparents (Grandma and Grandpa Nelson first and then Nanny and Papa) and you did really well. They kept you busy and you only asked about us once. When we came home you said excitedly, “You came back!” and hugged us both and then asked, “You were at Honey Hut???”
For those of you who don’t know… Honey Hut is a local ice cream shop. He had been to Honey Hut while we were gone and someone had told him we were on our “honeymoon”. Hence the confusion.
We’re looking forward to this summer with you. Your dad has six weeks off. There will be trips to the farm and perhaps some time at the lake house in Michigan. We didn’t go last year as we went to St. Augustine instead. It’s always fun to kayak and swim and relax up there. Your dad has joked that he’ll need to get a job. Six weeks without school is a long time! I assured him we’ll have plenty to do.
There are days were you test the limits of my patience with your almost-three-year-old logic and your independence and opinions (sometimes shouted) but then you wrap your arms around my leg and say, “Awww… I love you mom!”… or I ask you how you are and you say, “I feel great!”… or you run and “crash me” in a fit of giggles… and I am so overwhelmed with how special you are and how blessed I am to be your mom.
Right now you’re on a toddler journey and it’s a roller coaster ride with the most beautiful, wild and crazy dips and twists. We’re buckling up and throwing our hands in the air because with you, everything is an adventure.
I love you.