I’m not sure I can bear you turning three. You have been such a precious baby, three means you are a preschooler. This was our first three-year-old birthday without a newborn sibling in attendance. You are for sure the baby though, I suppose I have no choice but to let you grow-up. You will always be my baby though.
What I love so much about you right now is not something I can capture on paper. It is your sweet little voice. The way you talk is heart-melting. Everything from the way you ask for a glass of milk, say your siblings names (Camden is Canden), to when you are being silly and doing want to talk so you make funny little animal noises are precious. Unbelievably cute just doesn’t even begin to describe it.
It sorts of pains me to talk about television in a birthday letter. We don’t really let you or your siblings watch much TV, but I would be skipping one of your favorite things from the last year if I didn’t mention “Monkey Show.” You are very passionate about Curious George. Almost every morning you watch it, thankfully it keeps you still enough for me to fix you hair. You giggle through it and never stop being delighted to watch George’s antics.
One of the silly things daddy calls you is hydro-girl. This is because you love water. Pouring water that you got out of the refrigerator back and forth between cups and bowls is one of your favorite things to do. You love taking showers, baths, and most of all swimming. You will randomly go and get your swimming suit out and want it put on for no reason. Grandma and Grandad gave you swimming lessons for your birthday. You will love them.
When we went to Disneyland this summer I thought it was going to be really hard to have you there. You proved me so wrong by being absolutely delightful. The entire experience was so much fun for you. You loved the fireworks, every ride you could go on, and the princesses. We realized when we were there that you hadn’t had much exposure to Disney because when you saw Mickey Mouse you would call him “mousey.” You weren’t scared of anything, we even went on the haunted mansion and you kept saying, “Is this scary?” I told you that it wasn’t, that it was just funny and you were good with it. What I have been shocked by is how much four months later you still talk about Disneyland. You can’t wait to go back, and almost every time you see an airplane you think it is going to Disneyland.
I know in your first and second birthday letters that I talked about how much your siblings love you. That hasn’t changed. You and Ainsley have an adorable relationship, Hudson steps out of his “cool” grade school boy role to so sweetly play with you, but you and Camden are changing. As the two younger kids you are now either partners in crime, or sometimes fighting. He delights in making you squeal and run away from the monsters he is always telling you about. Ainsley and Hudson give in to you and give you whatever you want. Camden doesn’t let you get away with that, and you don’t let him get away with anything either. You are far from a passive, or easy-going. You will not let anyone walk on you!
A couple of things I never want to forget are how you hold out your hand when you want to show us something, you point to it with your hand, palm up, with your fingers together. It is darling. I love how when the boys are doing something like jumping jacks or push-ups you do it with them- it is hilarious. I also love how enthusiastic you get about some things. You squeal with delight and jump and dance around. There is so much personality in that little body.
You have been looking forward to your birthday for months. Your siblings have been pumping you up about it forever. We woke you up for our traditional birthday morning cinnamon roll breakfast. You opened your presents, one of which was the monkey backpack that you have been looking forward to for months. You also got a princess dress from Grandma and Grandpa Seaquist that you love. Tonight Grandma, Grandad and Auntie Kate came over for dinner and to celebrate with you. You loved your presents, and were especially cute with a little music box that plays Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Grandma taught you that when you were so little and you still love to sing it with her.
Reagan, I am missing the sweet little baby you were. But I know I’m just going to love every part of watching you grow up. You are sweet, adorable, so clever, and so fun to be with. Your daddy and I love you so much and can’t believe how God blessed us with you and your sister and brothers. Above all we thank God for you and desire for you to love Him and glorify Him your whole life.
Happy third birthday Reagan Joy!
“May the Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Opening presents in the morning- the long awaited monkey backpack.
Your brothers were very happy to help.
At dinner tonight-
So much personality in that little face.
Mommy's sweet girl!
Ainsley helps with presents- although you don't need much help.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Make A Wish!
You got them out- with help from brothers on either side of you.
Your princess dress from Grandma and Grandpa Seaquist.
Happy Birthday princess Reagan!