You rushed into our world three years ago and have never looked back! You are always onto the next big thing, ready to tackle each task and take on any challenge you face, all of this with a smile and a bit of toddler frustration mixed in. You entertain us constantly and there truly is never a dull moment with you.
You are completely into all things monsters still, just as you have been for awhile. It started with monster books and monsters in general and now has turned into the Disney Monsters and your love for Sulley. Since you were born I feel like you have always taken on your brother’s interests and that’s been fine with you. But this whole monsters love has truly been your own and it’s so fun to see you so into something. Now you’ve pulled your brother into it and you two play scare games together. I love that you think of monsters as friendly and fun instead of being scared of them.
Another love you have is puzzles. We had puzzles sitting in the closet that we got out only a handful of times with Zane. All of sudden you wanted to get out “games” and always picked the puzzles. We started putting together the puzzles with you and it became an everyday, every hour occurrence. I’ll be honest, your Daddy and I are really sick of the same puzzles over and over! You can put them together all on your own and call us over a dozen times to show us you’ve put together two more pieces. You are so proud. We’ll be adding some more puzzles to our collection for sure…because we need a break from the same ones!
You are Mister Organization, but not necessarily in the ways I would love you to be. It’s not organizing in the way of putting toys away where they should go. It’s more of moving things around and putting them in groups or piles. In fact, you did this at your pumpkin patch by collecting the pumpkins your preschool had carefully scattered about and you starting picking them all up and putting them into a group. You gathered some support from some of your classmates and you all starting putting all the pumpkins together. It was pretty funny to watch.
Going to bed is no simple matter for you. It involves grabbing a hoard of toys, usually guys, to come to bed with you. You have to have them piled in a certain place and then want your frog, puppy and Sulley right next to you too. I seriously think you have taken 20-something guys with you to bed before. I don’t understand how you sleep with them all piled underneath you but you manage it. When you get to watch TV, you are the same way, wanting so many things piled around you so they can watch too.
You still have a strong bond with your brother that continues to grow. You have both been on each others’ nerves recently and lots of toys have been taken away if you can’t come to an agreement on sharing. But then there’s this other side of the two of you, where you run through the house playing a made up game, are digging in the backyard for rolly pollies or fighting guys together. Daddy and I will just watch you two and smile. It is so fun to watch you play together and see how you truly are best friends.
Your brother chooses to rarely wear shirts, and usually you are right there with him on that, but recently you’ve been refusing to wear pants too. If this is your choice, then I make you wear a shirt at least. I swear our neighbors must think we never dress you boys! You crack me up with your funny little run, naked legs and all as you run away, hide places and are up to mischief. You amaze us in the ways you can find something to get into at all times and do it all with a knowing smile that you should not being doing it. Right now you are trying to convince us that you are being a good listener and after we’ve told you something you say “Okay, okay. I know, I know.” Hmmm…really?
We love watching you create, which is one of your favorite things to do. The issue we seem to be having right now is finding that you have ran off with a marker or pencil and have created artwork in all kinds of places. You totally know you’ve done something you shouldn’t as you get a sheepish smile when we find the wall/door artwork. Thank heavens for magic eraser. So, we love the whole creating things, let’s just keep it to the mediums it’s intended for.
You have such a unique personality. As we were running errands the other day someone told me, “It must be so fun to have a child with such personality.” Could she not see my worn out look? It is fun but goodness it can be exhausting too. You are an individual of your own through and through. Once your mind is made up on something, you will do anything to get to it. Listening is not your best skill but we’ll keep working on it. Taking you to the grocery each week always leaves me wanting to shop without a three-year-old. I mean who designs center aisle displays with bottles of wine? It makes me sweat each time we pass them and you gently want to touch a bottle. The people at Trader Joe’s know all your crazy ways, see you coming in and all start coming up and talking to you. You love the attention and they have figured out how to help me at check out time so you don’t decide to just walk out of the store, which you have done several times! At another grocery you did just that as I turned to put the cart back and were standing right past the stop sign where all the cars were passing. I ran out to get you and I heard a man say to another lady, “Some people shouldn’t have kids,” while he looked at you. I took a deep breath, picked you up and went to get the rest of the bags out of the cart. I’d like that guy to come spend a day with you and see how many times you run away. Yes, it scares me to death, especially in that situation, but we have tried everything under the sun to get you to stop and nothing is working. So buddy, can we get a handle on the running away from us part? It would save us all a lot of stress!
Your individual qualities and all are also what make you so unique. We’re in that age of days that seem full of frustration, non-stop discipline and attempting to talk to you about using your words. Then there’s bursts of pure joy, filled with giggles, building blocks with you and watching your imagination open up. It’s that age where I catch myself wishing the next stage to come, but at the same time remembering to also take in all the goodness that comes with this age too. Jude, you are precious to us. We are so thankful for the way you bring joy into our family!
Mommy & Daddy