Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Letter to My Birthday Boy: 3 Years Old

To My Precious Reid,

This past year has seemed to go by extra fast. I can't believe that you're three years old. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home from the hospital and "ooooing" and "ahhhhing" over you as you showed us your first smile...said your first word...took your first steps. I feel like you went from a toddler to a little boy in just the blink of an eye. You've gotten so much taller...you're my tall, thin blonde haired, brown-eyed boy! You're on the 31% for your weight and the 83% for your height! It's been so much fun to watch you grow and learn to do new things. Just this morning, as I was watching you dance around the living room singing Curious George in your inside-out underwear, I realized how big you have gotten. You have such a kind heart. Not a day goes by that you don't say, "I wuv you mommy," or "mommy, you're my favorite." You love making me feel special and you melt my heart when you say, "I wike your hair, mommy," or "You look pretty, mama." Just this afternoon while I was unloading groceries, you walked up to me with a flower you had picked for me and said, "I got this just for you, mama." I told you that girls loved getting flowers from boys, and you responded with "yeah, they do!" I love how you still say, "mama, hold you," when you want me to pick you up.

You're such a great big brother to LilliAnn and I love watching you kiss the top of her head or tickle her tummy. As you guys were wrestling in the living room this afternoon, you would say, "sissy wikes it when I do this," and you would tickle her and give her kisses. LilliAnn had the biggest smile on her face and was belly laughing so hard it made me laugh too! She absolutely adores you and watches every move that you make. When she falls or gets hurt, you rush over to her and kiss her saying, "It's ok, sissy." And you'll be the first to run to get me if something is wrong with her saying, "mama, sissy's crying!" Yes, there is the occasional push or shove when she takes your toys or the accidentally hitting her with a ball or car that you've chunked across the room, but most of the time you are an excellent big brother!

You're really into watching Curious George right now. We have to watch George every night before you go to sleep and you'll ask me or daddy periodically throughout the show, "What's George doin' now?" You remind me a lot of Curious George...very intelligent, always asking questions, always up to something, always able to figure things out on your own, friendly, serious at times. And you're a good little climber like George! I'll find you up on the bathroom counter putting on daddy's cologne. "Smell me, mama!" You'll say. Or you'll be up on the kitchen counter washing off an apple or getting a snack from the snack basket. You'll even climb up on top of your dresser to get a basketball out of your ball net! While you're watching t.v. in the living room you'll throw all the pillows off both of the couches and jump back and forth from one to the other...just like a little monkey! Speaking of being a good climber, you're also very athletic. We started wee ball this year and you're a fantastic hitter! You're not only good at hitting off of the tee, but you can hit the ball really far when daddy throws it to you as well. You're good at dribbling the basketball, shooting the basketball, hitting the golf ball with good form, and kicking a soccer ball. You've always loved every kind of ball since you were a baby. Ball was even you're first word! I think we probably have over 100 different types of balls in our house! Every time we go somewhere you always end up bringing some type of ball home with you!

You love counting, even though you sometimes miss number 4, "1, 2, 3, 5, 6..." You love drawing, especially in the bath tub or outside with sidewalk chalk, singing songs, dancing, and going on "hikes."

Reid Jackson, I'm so proud of the person you're becoming. You have a serious, busy, get-the-job-done side to you like me and a care-free, silly side to you like you're daddy...and I think that's a great mix! My prayer for you is that you'll love the Lord with all your heart and always put Him first in all you do. Through Him, you will be...the strongest, biggest, bravest, most handsome man...Trust in Him and you will always be everything you need to be.

This is my verse to you as you turn 3...
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go."
-Joshua 1:9
A little bit about Reid

Things you love...
-Curious George
-your cowboy boots
-wrestling with daddy
-going to work with daddy
-sausage & pancakes
-orange juice
-taking baths
-singing "Fishing in the Dark" & "Chillin' on a Dirt Road"
-Dora & Diego
-going to the zoo
-playing in the sand box
-riding the Gator/Ranger
-Monster trucks
-playing with sissy
-counting and singing your ABCs
-"pp" guns (bb guns)
-Nerf guns
-guitars & drums
-Greek yogurt
-going to the "wake house" (lake house)
-riding your Spiderman bike
-helping Papa "work"
-building things
-sweeping, wiping, & vacuuming 
-Dr. Seuss books
-strawberry ice cream cones
-Tiger's blood snow cones
-dressing yourself
-chicken & dumplings
Things you don't like...
-washing your hair
-when mommy helps you brush your teeth
-taking your gummy Omega-3 fish oil
-going to bed
-clipping your fingernails
-leaving Papa & Nana's house
Words that describe Reid Jackson Rollins - Age 3
Reid - 1 Year Old
Reid - Two Years Old
Reid - 3 Years Old
To read my letter to Reid on his birthday last year click HERE

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