Dear Little Prince,
It’s been awhile since I’ve written to you, and I’m sorry about that. I will try to do better. I know there is nothing to forgive, since the time I might have used to put pen to paper was spent playing with you instead, but do understand the importance of recording these words too just as we record your words.
Oh my, the words. You seem to learn five new ones every day. Yesterday you learned “dancing.” The day before you learned “steamy.” And last week? You learned a word I can’t repeat here and you have thankfully stopped parroting back to us. By the time you read this you’ll really know it and many much worse. That’s exciting and sad at the same time.
Anyway, the way you said those four letters it sounded like fork… It was adorable.
You know what else is adorable? Getting home from work in the afternoons and hearing “Daddy!” before I even see you running from the other end of the house to give me a hug. Running. Hugging. Tugging on my pants to follow you back to where you were so we can play together.
Playtime is the best. You dribbled a soccer ball from one room to the next earlier this week. You did it on purpose too. You’d seen me do it. You tried it. You did it. It was amazing! And then I chased you down to celebrate and you giggled as we high-fived and I tickled you. Then we tracked down your mom, the Queen, and we both tickle-attacked her.
You are learning at a ridiculous rate. You help with chores, putting food in the kitties’ dishes, washing plates and filling up the dish rack, sweeping, vacuuming… Okay, so you can’t quite get the hang of all of those yet, but you do all of them with our help, and sometimes you manage them on your own.
You are growing at ridiculous rate too. Some meals you seem to eat more than I do… and I eat a lot. You are our mini-garbage disposal and I fear for the grocery bills in a few years. I fear for the clothing bills, too, as you outgrow things faster than we can buy them. You are definitely a toddler now, and I can hardly see the baby in you at all.
I understand these are typical milestones of parenting but that doesn’t take anything away from my experience with them. This whole adventure, while terrifying and trying at times, continues to hold moments of wonder and delight, to an extent I didn’t know was possible. Thank you for going on this adventure with your mom and me. Thank you for your patience as we continue to grow and feel our way through these new roles.
We are proud of you.
We love you and can’t wait to see what new discovery you make each and every day going forward.
aka: djmatticus, the jester