This time last year, I was writing you a letter (ok, a blog post, it's here) telling you how nervous I was about becoming a mama of two. I was nervous about your transition into big sisterhood. I knew having a little brother would change our dynamic at home, most obviously that you wouldn't be the only kid around, and that a newborn would demand mama's time and attention. I was excited though, too, and was ready for the challenges and the fun, that the introduction of new little person into our home would bring.
Now, it's a year later, and I have no idea what I was nervous about. You have stepped beautifully, gracefully, even, into the role of big sister. Introducing Jack into our home was so seamless; it was like he was always meant to be here. You were apprehensive at first, but soon, you were curious and wanted to hug your little buddy (you call him little buddy and it's about the cutest thing I have ever heard) all the time. As Jack as grown, you have, too. You try to share as best you can, although sometimes it's hard for you to share all of your toys. Every day you do get a little better at allowing him to play with the things that were, for twenty months, solely your own. I think the most rewarding part of watching you as a big sister is when you encourage Jack to learn and grow. You love it when he chases you around the room; you encourage him to walk to you ("c'mon little buddy!"); you show him how to splash water and play drums and build with blocks. You are his biggest cheerleader, and, I know, his fiercest protector (ok, mama and dada might fill those roles, too). The relationship that has developed between you and your brother is so pure and beautiful. I hope that the two only grow closer as time passes.
Aside from your role as a sister, you have grown as person. You are so verbal now. You talk when you wake up, and are still talking as you fall asleep...you even talk in your sleep! You sing non-stop, mostly off-key, but you sing loud and proud nonetheless. You love puzzles, and try really hard to do the ones for older kids. I think that this love is also why you love to set up train track. I think you are better at putting train track together than mama! You jump, skip, run, and dance. You are still a picky eater, but you are even getting better in that department. You love pizza, chicken nuggets, pancakes, French fries, raw carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, cereal with milk, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, ice cream, and ms (otherwise called m & ms). You think lollipops are a very special treat, and love to make, and eat, Jello. You are starting to love to help, which means you like to clean around the house and help cook meals. Your specialty is pancakes-- the kind with sprinkles. You sleep in a big girl bed, gave up your pacifier, and decided that diapers were for babies, it was time to use the potty. What's more-- you took all of these big steps in the span of 2 months.
What I am trying to say is, you are a wonderful little girl. You amaze us with everything you do and try. I am so proud to be your mama, and I know dada would say the same thing. You absolutely light up a room, and have made my life a happier, gigglier place. I hope you always hold onto your joyful spirit. Never lose your imagination (and what an imagination it is!). Always look for the good. You are destined for great things, my little Bean. You absolutely have the power to change the world-- you already changed mine.
Love you infinity,