Saturday, January 12, 2013

Letters to my 3 year old boys...

Dear Gavin,

Happy 3rd Birthday sweetheart!  I cannot believe that you are already 3!  Time seems to have flown by this past year.  Life gets better and better with you every day.

You are 33.8lbs and 38.5 inches tall!  You've grown 2 inches this year and gained nearly 4lbs.  You are finally a bit taller than Kai.  Although you both weigh the exact same.  :)

You are a big chatterbox.  You love to talk.  You can talk about anything, all day long.  Your favorite foods are salad from Mom's plate, spaghetti with no sauce but lots of Parmesan cheese, and pizza.  You fight daily with your brothers and crack yourselves up at your antics.  Injuries are an hourly occurence around this house.  You all seem to have a gift for getting into trouble.  But there are times when you are so absorbed in each other that it is so sweet.  You love Nathan so much.  You wait for him to get home and demand hugs and kisses from him the minute he walks in the door.  When Kai and you are separated (when one of you has a doctor's appointment) you are oddly quiet.  The minute you both are reunited you run up to each other and give hugs.  Then one of you always says "you came back!" as though you are so surprised.  It is so sweet.  This letter was written a couple of days late, so we have already had your 3rd birthday party.  You had a wonderful time and loved every second of it.

Recently you had to get tubes in your ears, just like Kai.  You kept getting ear infections that wouldn't go away.  The surgery went so smoothly partly because you are the best patient I have ever seen.  You sit so still when the doctor or nurse is in the room.  You are quiet, but very kind to them.  Recently you went to the dentist for the first time too.  You did so amazing!  I was so proud of you.  I'm always proud of you though.  

You love both Grandmas and Grandpa so much.  You get so excited to see them.  You are sleeping in your own bed in the same room as your brothers now.  Although you sleep with plenty of stuffed animals too.  Your favorites are Dora and Lucy (a stuffed boxer). You have absolutely no interest in the potty.  Nope, you aren't doing it.  Never.  Or so you say.

You know colors and some shapes.  You recognize your name and can count to 10.  You love playing with cars, Legos, and Buzz Lightyear.  You get cranky in the morning and can be counted on for one or two tantrums before 8am.  Guess you aren't a morning person either.

And so sweet boy, 3 years has passed.  Some moments are hard, especially working through the twin dynamic, but most are moments that I try to tuck away to remember you exactly as you are now.  Well, maybe without the diapers.  :)

Love you always,

Mama

Interview with Gavin:

What is your name? Gavin Quinn

How old are you? 65. 

Who is your best friend? Kai-bear.  No wait!  Nathan.  Yep Nathan.

What is your favorite food? Chocolate milk

What is your favorite animal? A horse!

What is your favorite color? Black.

What is your favorite movie? Phineas movie, mom!

Who is your favorite person? I don't know.

Who are your brothers? Kai-bear and Nathan and me.

What does mommy do? Works with Daddy.

What does daddy do? He works.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor!

What do you love?  Mommy.  (Nathan's same answer from his 5 year interview, I love them).

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Dear Kai,

You are perhaps the sweetest, most loveable kid ever.  While your brothers are charming and adorable, you have this divine innocence about you that can't be explained.  You are 3 years old now, Kai-bear!

You are 38inches tall and 33.8lbs.  You've gained an inch and nearly 4lbs this year.  I wonder how tall you will end up.  You are growing so differently than Nathan.  Gavin has surpassed your height but you are the exact same weight.

The biggest thing in your life this past year has been speech therapy.  We started shortly after your second birthday and had our last session a couple of days before you turned 3.  You saw Julie, Nathan's old speech therapist weekly.  We thought that you may have some of the same issues that Nathan had, but your course has been much different.  We know that before your tubes were placed, you couldn't hear well.  The doctors and speech therapist think that this delayed your speech and altered your speech pattern.  Now however, we recently took you to be evaluated by the school system and they think that aren't behind at all anymore!  You test in the 5 year old range for certain areas.  I was amazed and stunned by how well you did in the evaluation.  You apparently are absorbing a lot of things that I wasn't even aware of.  We are so proud of all the progress you have made this year.  Next year, both you and Gavin will be off to preschool for two days a week.  The thought of all my babies in school has me a little nervous!  But you both will do so well.

You, like your twin, are not, ever, never, notgoingtoever, go to the potty. You both are resisting with all your might.  So we have shelved the whole potty issue. We are hopeful maybe this spring, we can get you both to go.  :)

Your personality is radiant as I mentioned before.  You are rarely upset, but can be counted on for starting some fights with your brothers.  You like to pick on both of them and can be found frequently in the timeout corner.  That being said, I've never seen a kid with attention to detail like you.  You are constantly watching things to try to figure out how they work.  You love playing with cars and trucks. You are currently obsessed with your "spy car" and if you can't find it, you get so distressed.  You also love, love, love playing with the iPad.  That is probably your favorite thing to do, well besides fighting with your brothers.  :)

3 sweet years have passed.  Each day is easier than the one previous.  You are such a wonderful and amazing soul, Kai.  I love you so much.

Always,

Mama

Interview with Kai:

What is your name? Kai. 

How old are you? Kai.

Who is your best friend? Gavin

What is your favorite food? Lemonade

What is your favorite animal? Nathan.

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite movie? Cars

Who is your favorite person? Ummm....Nathan

Who are your brothers? Gavy and me

What does mommy do? Goes to work.

What does daddy do? Goes to work too.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor with Gavin.

What do you love? You Mommy.  Awww.....perhaps Gavin's answer influenced him, but I read this as love and adoration from my babies.  Just as love and adore them. 

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