I can do it myself!

Dear Munchkin,

You’ve been acquiring a lot of skills recently. You can now select your own clothes, including opening and closing the drawers and closet, and you can get dressed and undressed by yourself. You still like to have help sometimes, perhaps because you want the intimacy. You’ve wanted to comb your own hair and put your barrettes in, too, but you still need some help with that. I imagine it won’t be long now before you take that over, as well.

You also enjoy opening and closing the refrigerator, taking out and putting away the milk and other various items, selecting utensils for everyone and helping to set the table. Now you’ve figured out how to get a cookie from the cookie jar by yourself, too, including replacing the waxed paper and lid.

You know how to “wake up” the iPod and turn on the music, even if you can’t read the names of the songs yet.

I am amazed by how much you are growing and learning. Each day seems to bring a new surprise.

It’s a little bittersweet for me. On the one hand, it’s a joy to see you gaining independence, and a bit of a relief that Daddy and I don’t have to do everything for you. On the other hand, it’s a reminder of how quickly your childhood will pass. You’re not a baby or even a toddler anymore. There’s a part of me that will miss that.


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