Well look at you, three years old already! You really are growing up far too fast, before long you’ll be a sulky teenager!
What a joy it’s been, spending time with you at this age. For the most part you are all smiles and giggles and mischief with the occasional tantrum thrown in, they don’t call it the terrible twos for nothing, but that’s all part of you discovering your personality, and what an inquisitive, cheeky little thing you are already and, according to the reports from your nursery, you are a smart cookie too.
We started the year with all that snow, which not only took me back to my own childhood, but seeing how you marvelled at the way the world changed was wonderful, I hope that sense of joy of such a simple trick of nature remains, and I’ll do my best to nurture that as you grow.
Visiting you on those glorious hot summer months last year was an utter joy. Your shouts of “Unki Gee” filled my heart with more joy than I have words to express, and your continuing curiosity was a pleasure to feed; a tiny moment that sticks in my mind, rather than just telling you the BBQ was too hot, you let me help you explore it so you understood. You crouched down next to me, and carefully copied me, your tiny hand outstretched to feel the heat and how ‘burny’ it was and, from then on, you were aware and careful whenever you were near it. It made me realise just how much new information you are absorbing every moment of every day, how much you still have to learn. You are amazing.
Your vocabulary has come on leaps and bounds and with it your personality is starting to show (although I do still need to teach you just how much the word ‘jobby’ annoys your Grandma…). I can see both of your parents influences coming through as well and as you start to understand your place in the world, as small as your world currently is, it’s been wonderful to see you grow into such a curious and funny little person. And OH MY GOODNESS when you are cheeky, and far far too cute and adorable. Now, I like to pretend that you haven’t figured out that Unki Gee will pretty much do whatever you want to make you happy, but I think you’ve got me sussed already, those beautiful big eyes and that gorgeous smile will forever be my undoing (and when you read this as a teenager, please know that this likely still holds true, so please go easy on me!).
Christmas was fun this year, no not because of the Naughty Elf shenanigans, but seeing the joy in your face in the glow of Christmas lights and the excitement of all those new toys on Christmas Day made me fall a little bit more in love with you than before. Also, top prize for best ‘quizzical face of the year’ was when your Daddy suggested the Naughty Elf had trailed loo roll down the stairs… you turned to look at him with that little furrowed brow and exclaimed “Daddy, do it?!”, no flies on you!
You’ve also shown how caring and kind you are already, watching you help Grandma when she can’t lift something, taking care to lift things you might spill with two hands, offering Grandpa a teddy when he was going to snooze… no-one prompted you to do those things, it’s just part of who you are. I hope that continues as we need more love in this world, but don’t worry, there is plenty of time ahead of you to figure that stuff out.
One thing is for sure, no matter how hard it is, how many temper tantrums you throw, it’s clear that Mummy and Daddy love you very much, as evidenced by the care and nurture they give you, and that’s before we get to the grandparents that dote on you and spoil you rotten. As for me? Well I’ll always be your Unki Gee and no matter what happens I’ll be there for you if you need me.
2019 will be a big year for the family; a new Aunt to get to know, and so many more new experiences to absorb, ohhh and let’s not forget your Mummy and Daddy getting all dressed up and saying “I do” to each other. What a year it’s going to be and I know, through it all, that my beautiful niece will continue to make me smile and laugh.
As always, love and hugs and high fives,