Dear Zoë at Two and a HALF

Dear Zoë,

The past month has been marked as one run on sentence of illness. You have had an ongoing ear infection since February, a cold, the flu, a perforated ear drum and now another croupey sounding awful cough.  This has been a long haul and we have been getting no sleep, but it is reminding me to be thankful–I cannot even imagine what families go through with seriously ill children. This has been heartbreaking for us to see you so uncomfortable but at least we know there is an end in site.

You  moved out of the Toddler room at daycare and into Casa….this means you have to wear a uniform and you are unequivocally a big girl.  Unfortunately you have been missing a lot of daycare due to illness.  And after your most recent doctors appointment you are now off for the rest of this week and next week. Nana to the rescue as you will be spending some quality time with her in the next little bit.  We are hoping this latest round of antibiotics will get rid of this ear infection once and for all, and that we can get your ENT appointment moved up so that we can get you tubes and feeling better.  It sounds like your terrible sleep habits might be due to how uncomfortable you feel so it would be great to get that sorted out as well.

You were very excited with the few warm days we have had so far.  We spent some time outdoors blowing bubbles, and Daddy and I promised you a trip to the park, but then it snowed again and you haven’t let us forget the failed park trip.  Allegedly spring is on the way so maybe we can get out there this weekend.  You have been clingy and a super duper mama’s girl as of late and we aren’t sure if it is because you know someone is coming to rock your world, or if you just need super cuddles due to feeling sick.

Things I want to remember about our life right now:  Your  love of princess books remains. We read every. single. one each night before bed.  You lean in for a kiss in Snow White and Sleeping Beauty at the end when the princes lean in to kiss the sleeping princesses.  You say “like Mummy and Daddy” at the end of your Ariel book when they are getting married. You delight in saying “THE END” and slamming the book shut when finished.

Nana bought you a Minnie Mouse Flashlight at the dollar store and you have been sleeping with it every night since.  You like to shine it on the book to help me read, and last night at bedtime your Daddy showed you shadow animals with it and you thought that was the best thing ever.  We are working on the whole “no don’t shine that in people’s eyeballs” rule, but you are a bit of a slow learner on that one.

You have recently begun LOVING bathtime.  Which is a surprise and delight to the rest of us. The other night you chose bath over watching more of Tangled…something I never saw coming.  We throw some bubble bath in there and you will happily float and play with your toys for ages. It is a lovely change of pace from the girl who once hovered in the bath screaming.  Times are changing girl and it’s exciting to watch.

Your favourite movies at the moment are Tangled, Sleeping ‘Booty’, and Tinterball and Pirates (Tinkerbell and something about pirates)  You love your Ariel bath toy, Bunny, Nana’s makeup brushes and all your craft stuff and puzzles (which you call games)the best.

Purple is your favorite colour…I had to hide your purple rain coat this week as that is all you want to wear and it has just been way too cold for that. You love wearing hats and sunglasses, and rock out with cool accessories–you are more fashion forward than your mama you sweet babe.

You are wonderful and crazy and just about perfect.  I am trying  hard to savour this last time we have as a little family of three. I sometimes worry about the intruder in my belly who is coming to displace you, and I get nervous that you will feel sad and upset, but I am going to work hard so you always know just how loved you are. My first born, my #1, beautiful, spirited, loud, crazy, opinionated, occasionally crazy, sleep hating girl. We have so many adventures in store over the next few months–and I just cant wait to share them all with you.

Love, your ever lovin’ mama


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