Thursday, May 8, 2014

Caroline is 3!

My sweet Caroline,

You are so excited to finally be three! I must admit that in my mind you've already been three for the past several months, because you have been talking and acting like a three-year-old for that long! A few months ago you memorized your birthday, and you like to randomly tell me what it is all the time. "Hey Mommy, my birthday is April 27th." This is usually followed by you telling me that Matthew's birthday is May 26th, asking when Lily's birthday is, asking when mommy and daddy's birthdays are, and then asking if our house has a birthday and what it is. You love to talk about how big you are, and now that you're three you are big enough to do anything! You tell me all the time how big and strong you are and show me your muscles.

Your favorite things to play with right now are your baby dolls. I think it has to do with your new sister and the fact that three of our friends just had babies that you love to hold. You are going to make such a wonderful mommy someday! For your birthday you asked for a stroller with a hood (a pram) and a highchair. You were so excited to get both of them! Most of the time you put your babies to bed. You tell me that you have lots of beds for your babies, and we have to whisper when they are "sweeping". After about 30 seconds it's usually time for them to wake up, and then you pick them up with their blankets (that you've usually wrapped around their heads as well as their bodies), rock them, and either feed them or change their diaper. Right now all of your babies have diapers on no matter what size they are, and most of them are over their clothes. If I ask to hold one of your babies you tell me that I can but that I have to sit on the couch. Sometimes I can convince you that it will be safe for me to hold your baby while I sit on the floor. You also like to check on your babies and tell me that they're crying and the need you. Today we were swimming, and all of sudden you disappeared into the house. I asked you what you were doing and you told me that you were checking on your babies to make sure they were still sleeping.

Another one of your favorite things is coloring and art. Many times I find you in your room with the door shut, just sitting at your little desk and coloring. You are really good at coloring in the lines already! But we do need to work on getting a little less marker on your clothing. Pretty much every shirt in your closet has marker on it somewhere. You also love painting, stamps, cutting and gluing, and drawing with chalk. If you can create it, you're good!

I also love the way you talk! One of your favorite phrases is "That's why". You use every time you are explaining something or telling me information. For example, "I can climb all by myself, that's why I'm big." Or "I want a snack, that's why I'm hungry." The other day you came out from your nap and we were cuddling on the couch and you said "I'm not a dog." I looked at you and said what?! You said "I'm not a dog, that's why you don't pat me." I died laughing! Apparently you didn't like that I was patting your leg!

You started going to school this year, and you absolutely love it! You get sad that you can't go every day, especially since Matthew does. You started the year in Ms. Jodi's class, and your favorite part by far was playing with Jack. He is definitely your best buddy. Most places we go you ask if Jack is going to be there. You always give him a huge hug when you see him and again when you say goodbye. I love listening to the two of you talk. You are like little adults having your own conversation in your own little world!  I think you tend to gravitate more toward boys when you choose friends. In addition to Jack you love to play with Joseph and with Matthew's friends, and when I ask you who your friends are at school they are all boys. I think having a big brother has influenced you already!

It has been so much fun watching you become a big sister this year. You love Lily so much! We lovingly call you Elmyra because of how much you love her. Your love pats on her back are more like slaps, and sometimes your hugs seem like they're going to squeeze her eyeballs out! But you are so helpful with her. When she cries you bring her something to make her feel better or tell me what you think she needs. I love that you call her Lilyboo, even when you're mad at her.

There are so many things that I am proud of you for. One of them is how generous you are. You always share your toys or your food with Matthew and Lily. Whenever Matthew asks if he can use something you respond with "sure!" You even let him play with your birthday presents right after opening them! You are always willing to be my helper. You bring me diapers, let Cajun out, put away your laundry, and clean up messes. You actually really enjoy cleaning! Sometimes I find you sitting in the bathroom just cleaning the floor or the counter with a wash cloth.

While most of the time you are a sweet and pleasant little cutie, there are few things that you don't enjoy. One of them is wearing anything that might resemble a dress. If you had your way, you would wear one of four t-shirts (mickey, bunny shirt, gabba, and gator) and your comfy shorts every day. For Easter I didn't even attempt to make you a dress, I made you a shirt to wear with pants. You still weren't too keen on it. Falling in line with your tomboy dressing habits, you also don't let me do anything with your hair. You are excited to get your first haircut, but you do not want a ponytail, braid, headband, or anything in your hair. Sleep is another area that is not your favorite. You've started being scared at night, and don't want to be alone. You also don't like taking naps (you never have really) and if I want you to sleep I have to lay with you and rub your arm until you fall asleep.

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