To Whom It May Concern:
Today we celebrated you. It was your day. Not that most days aren’t your day. But today especially. Sure, it’s your quarter birthday. So now you can hold up 1 and 1/4 fingers when someone asks you how old you are. Not that you do that already, but that’s pretty much the only big kid thing you aren’t into of late. You had spent a few days at Grammy and Pops’ house this week, so Mom could go to a conference for work. I would have kept you here with me, but I was having to go into work at 4AM, and that doesn’t work real well for getting you to the sitter’s house. It was a long trip for you, in a rental car, a not as comfy car seat, to a strange room, with strange noises, different light patterns, and a variety of other things that kept you from sleeping like you, and somewhat acting like you. I missed you and your mom terribly. We video called a couple of times. And you’d light up when we’d talk. You wanted to show me the toys you’d been playing with. We’d make funny faces at each other. You’d blow me kisses, play peek-a-boo, and flash me your million dollar smile.
All in all, you had a great time with Grammy and Pops. But it was clear that you were ready to return home, and get back into your routine. You do function well, when we try to keep you scheduled. But, when you and Mom came home on Saturday it was to be a short stay. When you came home, you and I went grocery shopping. You had a melt down while we were out, but grocery shopping with dad is something you get very excited to do. When we came home, you played, ate, and took a nap. As soon as your nap was over, we left to go a birthday party for one of your friends. The party was just over an hour away. So it was more car rides. And it was really late when we got home, and you had stayed up the whole time.
So, to show you some fun, dedicated to you, we decided that we’d do what you liked today. We typically do things you like, but today was going to be about the things that make you super excited. So, you and mom went for a walk this morning while I got ready for church. And, at church, you went into the nursery. To many people that isn’t likely to be a fun thing for a toddler. But, as soon as you see your nursery room, and the toys you anticipate playing with, there’s no keeping you back. You’re pushing, jumping, squirming, whatever you can do to get in that room. You had a lot of fun playing. But when Mom came to get you after church, you were just as excited to see her and leave, as you were to get there in the first place.
We ate, we played, and took you to a park. You went down the slides. Went swinging. And loved running across a wooden bridge over the creek. You loved making the stomping noise as you’d cross. As well as look at the rocks and water down below. Today, we let you be you. And enjoy all the things you wanted to enjoy. And part of doing so, means you show us how you’re growing up. Today, you did a few things that showed us how much you’re watching, learning, and growing. Yeah, your pajamas have been getting tighter. Sure, you indicated that you wanted to try to go potty on the potty. Ok, your vocabulary is easily 30 or so words, increasing exponentially every week. But today, you did a few additional things. You at one point were playing with Mom’s keys. You shook the key chain and ran to the door. As you were running, you were fumbling with the keys, separated a key from the rest, and held it between your thumb and forefinger, trying to stick it in the door lock. You even turned the key a few times. One of the times you indicated you wanted to use the potty (false alarm), we washed your hands after we were done. After drying off, you sat on the counter, opened up the container of cotton swabs, selected one, and proceeded to put it in your outer ear, and swipe it around your ear. Your Mom and I don’t do this to you. We rarely do this when you’re around. But, you’ve learned exactly what they’re for, and how to do it. We were impressed and astonished. And third, last for today, but not least, involves tonight’s dinner. Sunday at our house is typically leftover night. Tonight was no different. We didn’t have enough protein left to serve all 3 of us, so I quickly cooked up some sausages. Not your average sausage. A smoky chicken andouille sausage. Andouille is typically seasoned well, and tends to be on the hot spicy side. As you probably know by now, I love spicy foods. And when things are on the lesser spicy side, I don’t taste them as hot at all. Your Mom has a very sensitive palate to spicy, so I let her taste the sausage before I give it to you. She said it was hot, but since you were excited to try it,we’d let your try it. And you LOVED it. I gave you a small piece. You devoured it, and signed for more. I brought you a few more pieces, and before I could get back to the counter to slice some more, you’d polished off what I brought, and were “peesing” for more. You ended up eating an entire spicy hot sausage for dinner.
So how does ghost pepper salsa sound?