You were the miracles I was afraid to hope for. And the fact that you came as a package deal – well, that just made it all the more special. You came into this world too early, mixing fear with our awe and joy, but you were strong from day one. And now you are 4. Four! How did that happen???
Honestly, I am having a hard time with this one. This year, the year you were 3, was my very favorite so far. You turned from toddlers to real little people right before our eyes. It’s been a year full of big changes and new experiences. You began to grow your wings and explore the world without Mom and Dad, starting school, soccer, and gymnastics. You made your own friends, discovered your own interests, and shared your opinions freely. You both developed a fun sense of humor and love to tell silly jokes to make one another laugh.
Since I can’t freeze time, here’s a quick review of the year you were three.
Still slow to warm to new people and new situations, you can sometimes appear shy to the outside world. But at home you are spirited and silly. You have an imagination like no other and love to play pretend. Dress up clothes are your passion and in one day you can be a “ba-leaper” (ballerina), a bride, a cowgirl, and a superhero. You love to sing, swim, paint, and bake with me in the kitchen. You adore Miles and Daddy and give the best hugs. Every morning we start our day with “morning snuggles,” which give us both the strength we need to face the day.
Outgoing and friendly, you are a leader more often than a follower. You still love your trucks, but have added superheroes and dinosaurs to your repertoire. You love to swim and climb and try all sorts of crazy tricks that make me mentally map the route to the nearest ER. You idolize your Dad and love to use your tools to help him around the house. We like to say you have two speeds – full speed or off – because you are either in constant motion or asleep. You ask for back scratches every night before you go to sleep, and during that time you share your hopes, your fears, and all your crazy questions. I hope we keep this bedtime ritual for a long time.
Though very different, you are still the best of friends. My biggest hope is that you will always be as close as you are today. There is nothing better than listening to you talk to each other and play together. Your laughter is my very favorite sound.
For some reason one of your favorite sayings right now is “That’s the end of our story.” But no, my little ones. Your story is just beginning. And I can’t wait to help you write the next chapter.
Happy birthday, Mia & Miles!
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