My darling darlings, you are growing up so quickly. I feel like every time I turn around, you're hitting new milestones and leaving me baffled.
Vava, you potty-trained yourself. On Sam's first day of school, you decided you wanted to wear underpants and you haven't looked back. I don't even know what to say. After the absolute agony of getting Sam out of diapers, I was resigned to a real stand-off. I was ready to bribe, cajole, entreat, and threaten our way from pampers to potty. I was not expecting your calm capability. You have made yourself some adorable little rituals, and you are just so quietly happy, going about your big-girl business. I am so proud of you.
Kachi, you decided to walk. You took a few wobbly steps in August, but in September you really ramped up the effort. You spent a few weeks determinedly practicing, staggering from the front of the house to the back, plopping down on your bum every few moments. And now ... you're so steady. You can even reach down, pick up your toys, and keep on trucking. I am so proud of you.
And Sam. You valiant trooper. You have the unenviable task of trying every thing first. Stepping onto the schoolbus first, learning classroom routines first, being away from home all day first ... and you are doing great. You can write so many letters, you have learned songs and poems and silly dances. You are a learning machine. And I love sharing a picnic on the front step when you get off the bus. I love sitting with you while you wolf down a snack and all your leftover lunch. I love when you tell me about helping kids in your class, talking with your teacher, playing in the schoolyard. I love reconnecting after a whole lonely day without you. (I love that you give me a kissing hand in the morning, to keep close while you're away). I am so proud of you.
Little Labelles, I love you. Thank you for being you <3 .="" div="">3>