2 years 10 months

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Dear Roman,
At  2 years 10 months you are struggling with saying goodbye to your world as a toddler and stepping into a new exciting world as a big kid. You so badly want to be a big boy and all that it entails…

like saying goodbye to your booster seat- you only want to sit and eat your meals in a chair exactly as we do. totally fine except for the fact that you can’t sit still. so breakfast time now lasts for like 5 minutes, lunch and dinner are practically nonexistent  because you shift all around and get on and off the chair a billion times.  You’re still super, duper  particular with food. It’s your way of feeling in control and as your parents we continue to offer up selections that you reject on a daily basis. The only fruit you’ll touch are apples or pears, you won’t go near vegetables, no to meat, eggs, not much cheese some bread if it doesn’t have any specs or grains in it. You’ve even started passing on muffins and pastries if they have an ounce of fruit in them. It’s ridiculous.

no more crib- we finally successfully transitioned you to a twin size bed and when all was said and done it only took the better part of a year! no joke! just about a year to the day we first attempted a bed without bars you finally slept a full night on your own on a twin mattress. we prepared you for this big step by roll playing- you would pretend to wake up in the morning and I’d remind you how NOT to get out of bed, but to call for mom or dad. this seemed to work and you have pretty much settled in to your new sleep situation. when i check on you i can’t believe how old you look all spread out with a real pillow and covers twisted around your body. it seems silly that weeks before you were sleeping in a crib.

umbrella stroller is collecting dust- i can’t remember the last time i used a stroller when we were out. this was something i fought forever because it was so convenient to zip through the grocery store or boutique with you strapped in, but you have totally impressed me by walking beside me, keeping your hands (for the most part) to yourself and staying focused. Time spent in a stroller is now used exclusively for our daily walks.

With all the changes and big leaps toward independence there have been lots of tears, breakdowns and power struggles too. Each time you soar ahead there is some regression to follow- tears, screams and tantrums that make for very challenging days. Roman, I’ve spent many nights lying awake thinking about how I can better help you through this important and difficult time. You and I deal with situations completely differently- I want to talk through them and you well not so much. So I’m trying to figure it all out.  I just hope I get a clue soon because we have some more big hurdles in the coming months- potty training, eliminating the pacifier and starting preschool!

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