This year has been a whirlwind of growth and development. You wake up from a nap and you are taller than when you went to sleep just a few short hours before. You learn new words and phrases every day. For the first time, we can have conversations about things that interest you.
You ask so many questions. You are passionately curious about your world. You are especially interested in the moon and it’s phases. You know when it is a crescent, half moon, 3/4 moon and full moon. You love to go out at night to chase the moon, to see if it’s out or being hidden by the clouds. You love geography and always want to know what street or highway we are on. Your favorite bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge and you love it so much, you said that when you grow up, you want to build bridges just like the Verrazano Bridge (just like your great-grandfather did).
You are obsessed with trains. You can turn anything into a train; chopsticks, a roll of wrapping paper, string beans…. Your world is one big subway station. You especially love the F train, Amtrak, Metro North and railroad crossings. You can watch a railroad crossing all day, every day, if we gave you the opportunity.
You love to make people laugh. You make up words, sounds and dances because making people smile is your mission. You love to give everyone hugs, it doesn’t matter if you know them or not. This is because you have a pure soul. One time, there was a man standing on the street with a serious look on his face. “He is not happy,” you asked? I didn’t know but thought that he might just be thinking. You ran up to him and gave him a huge hug. “You are happy now,” you asked him? And he was. That is your magic.
You favorite foods are cereal, cookies, ice cream, cake, apples, bananas, blueberries, turkey burger, peas and corn. Your favorite books are Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Subway, Ten Little Dinosaurs, Foodie Babies Wear Bibs, There is a Bird On Your Head and Stop, Train, Stop. You favorite things to watch are Super Why, Curious George and Dinosaur Train. Your favorite songs are Shake It Off by Taylor Swift and Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. When you dance to them, it looks like you’re doing “the maniac” from Flashdance.
Everyone who meets you tells me that you have the kindest heart and the most beautiful smile. People are always impressed by how caring you are for others. You are always concerned about other people’s feelings and making other people happy. You share your toys and snacks. If another baby is crying, you try to make them feel better.
I am so lucky to have such a loving, gentle and caring boy as my son. You have been so patient with me this year as I learned to heal physically and emotionally from the scars of cancer. You still kiss my boo-boos and ask if I am feeling well.
If I get up in the morning, it is because of you. It is because of you that there is always joy in my life, even when there is so much pain. You continue to light up my life with your looks of wonder and amazement at the world.
I love you to the moon and back. I love you more than cake.
Happy Birthday, my darling 3 year old!