Letter to my scoundrel: 29 months.
December 21, 2011

Dear Charlotte,

If I had to sum up this last month with you in one sentence, I would have to tell you how immensely proud of you I am.

This past month was the first family holiday that you understood and participated in: Thanksgiving.

It was a lot of fun, kiddo.  You weren’t really thrilled with the food, presumably because there were exactly zero grapes, but you were very excited about visiting the park with your cousins afterward.  You’ve been raving about it since, so with any luck you’ll remember it in twelve months.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, our family is planning our garden so that next year we can host a homegrown holiday – we’re even planting wheat in the next few weeks so that we can grind flour for the breads.  I can’t wait to see you in your element next year, knowing that you spent a year preparing that Thanksgiving with us.

About ten days ago we found out that you have whooping cough.  Our family is usually only sick once, MAYBE twice, in a year – but for whatever reason we have spent our entire autumn recovering from one plague only to be struck down by another.

I was genuinely concerned when you came down with whooping cough that this would be a problem, but it turned out to be a good thing in the end because your immune system responded to pertussis with a fury nobody thought was possible.  I guess all those autumn germs put your immune system on hyper-drive, something for which I will always be grateful.

You’ve been kicking some whooping cough ass, kiddo.  You are not quite over it yet - yesterday when I let the temperature in the house dip below 64F, you erupted into a series of coughing fits that scared the living daylights out of me - but you want to run and play and jump again, which is a huge improvement from even a week ago.

A few days ago, you came to me and said “Momma, I was so sick.“  I agreed that yes, you were, but you were almost better now, huh?  And you said “Yeah, I am, I am not sick anymore because I am a germ-fighter, Momma.“  I’m sure you gleaned that from us sometime over the past week, but it doesn’t matter.  I’ve never been so proud in my life.

We love you more than bears love honey (and everyone knows that’s an awful lot),
Momma and Daddy

P.S.  Your verbal development is blowing my mind, sweetheart.  As I was writing this to you, you charged into the room and said “MOMMA!  Daddy made dinner!  It is time for dinner, Momma!  It is so delicious!  Yes!  Like cranberries!  I had cranberries in my bowl.  Cranberries are, are very good.  Yeah, and raisins too.  Raisins are so good.  You like raisins, Momma?“  It absolutely blows my mind that this time last year you were only saying a handful of words - and nearly all of them were figments of my imagination.  It is amazing the changes a year can bring.

P.P.S.  No, I don’t like raisins.  Sorry.  I only eat them so that you will.  Is that manipulative?  OH WELL.

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  1. By Alicia S. on December 21, 2011

    Those acorns are the cutest things ever.

  2. By Sarah Christensen on December 21, 2011

    Alicia - Thanks!  The picture is actually from early November, but we’ve spent the last two months with those things turning up all over the house.  They. Are. Everywhere.  It turns out cats can’t resist playing with them =P So I thought it was apt to include the only picture I have of them lol.

  3. By mollyminks on December 22, 2011

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  4. By on December 22, 2011

    Hi Sarah,

    So happy to hear that Charlotte is doing better. Not sure if you’ve already started this, I wanted to let you know that right at this age, my daughter started getting very interested in jigsaw puzzles. She’s 31 months old right now. We started with some easy 3-4 piece ones but she very quickly graduated to 9-piece and some 12-piece ones. Mudpuppy puzzles are our favorites.

  5. By Sarah Christensen on December 23, 2011

    Animom - We just started a big cardboard floor puzzle with Charlotte a few weeks ago and, like your daughter, she LOVES it.  Donald, who has the patience of a saint, does it with her over and over again.  I’m more of a we-already-did-that-once-today-child sort of person lol.  I love the idea of smaller piece puzzles, though, so thanks for the heads-up on Mudpuppy!  I’m off to check ‘em out right now!

  6. By on December 25, 2011

    So your little girl is feeling a lot better, quelle bonne nouvelle!!
    Joyeux Noël à ta famille!
    And hello from France.

  7. By Anastasia @ eco-babyz on December 25, 2011

    That’s great vocab for a boy at 29 months! I know some boys that are even older and don’t speak as much :) I have a 3 y.o. girl and a 1 month old boy

  8. By Dady on December 25, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL your’s baby pictures ! I’m also glad I found your blog and enjoy reading it! Merry Christmas and happy new year





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