Thursday, July 24, 2014

Henry's 3rd Letter!

Dear Henry,

     You are three years old and have been for several weeks! You are all boy and in perpetual motion. You still want to be a "wittle baby" and like to be carried by anyone including Evie. You like to know what is going to happen and are not a big fan of change. You do not want to start the Panda class at preschool. You want to be in the Koala class still. Sorry, bud, three years old are in the Panda class. 

In Nashville, most people hold back their babies with summer birthdays even our pediatrician recommends summer birthday kids wait on kindergarten. I am already on the fence about this because I want you and Evie two years apart in school. Only time, will tell what we decide about this. I will say that as I prepare to send Evie to kindergarten - it sure would be nice to have another year with her but that is what is best for me. I have to do what is best for you but the good news is that I have some time to ponder. 

You are super smart and know way more at age 3 than your sister did. You remember everything and have an excellent vocabulary. So funny, that last year this time we were worried about your speech. Now, you never stop talking!

You are a Mama's boy and always want me. You stick close to me even in social situations - if you venture away from me it is not for long. You are content at camp, school and nursery. Babysitters are a treat but if Mama is around - you want me. Sometimes this drives me crazy and other times I just soak it in that you love me so deeply. I read a quote the other day that I will never again be this loved and it made me teary. That's true so even when I just want to be by myself - I need to enjoy my little shadow. 

You love to eat or snack! Favorites are blueberries, hummus and apples. Red chips are a treat - Doritos. You have a sweet tooth just like your sister and Mama. Ice cream is your favorite dessert! You are a tiny little thing only weighing 29 pounds. 

You do not especially love sleeping. Mostly because you are having some night terrors. I'll be glad when this phase is over! You were up for 2. 5 hours last night worried about a witch in your room. You are not a napper anymore - only once or twice a week. You sleep late a few mornings a week when you get exhausted from trying to keep up with your sister. 

You love Evie with all of your heart! She is your "favorite friend" and you are going to marry her one day. Evie suggested that you might change your mind and that really ticked you off. You get jealous of Evie's other friends and really try to keep her attention on you. I hear about "my Evie" all the time. You miss her so much when she is gone and are going to have a BIG adjustment when she goes to Kindergarten. You have already told me you do not want her to go to Kindergarten. 

You love watching shows - Paw Patrol and Jake are your favorites. You like trucks and cars. Playing outside is your favorite especially in the sand box. You love books and playing pretend games with your sister. 

Henry, we love you to the moon and back. You are the perfect boy for our family. God gave us a wonderful gift - that gift is YOU! We are so thankful to have you as our son. 

Love, Mommy and Daddy


  1. I just love this and especially love the similarities between our girls and boys and their relationships. Henry really is looking so grown! I am sorry about the night terrors and hope they will end soon. I know we've had the school discussion before, but you will know what is best for Henry when the time comes.

  2. Henry is so cute!! I can't believe he's three! Those July birthdays are tough! It's so hard to know what to do about school. My cousin has a little boy with an August birthday, and she told me that it's the norm to hold them back here if their birthdays are in the summer. That made me feel better about our decision to hold Jude back. I don't worry about him so much now. I think he would have been fine in the 3 or 4 year old class. I just think about the fact that if we don't hold him back, he'll be 17 when he graduates highschool and BARELY 18 when he moves out. That's really young for a boy to be on his own! My brother has a late July birthday and my parents didn't hold him back. I think my mom always wondered if maybe they should have. But of course every child is different, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution! I'm sure you'll make the best decision for sweet Henry!


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