Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Love Letter, Month 78

Dear Kate,

You are 78 months old today.
This has been a busy and happy month for you...your first full month in your new home.
We moved last month from the only home you've ever known and you were very trepidatious about the whole thing. I'm happy to report that you have settled in nicely and are thrilled with your new surroundings.
You and Lucy are making lots of new friends and flexing new, independent muscles that you never could when we lived in the city. You revel in being able to go outside to play without me or run to the mailbox every day.
So much has happened this month that I'm not sure where to start so let's just jump in. You began swim lessons this month with Corinne who has also become a new babysitter for a few hours a week so I can get us unpacked and settled.
Last week you joined the swim team as well. Your swimming has improved so much that you were finally able to pass the lifeguard's test that allows you to swim in the deep section of the lake--6 laps in 6 minutes.  You were thrilled when your other favorite lifeguard, Kyle, helped you to celebrate by throwing you over the ropes into the deep end.
I think you might just have a bit of a crush on Kyle...

Fortunately, the lifeguards are awesome and when the lake is not busy, they take time to play with you and your friends, whether it is teaching you to play sharks and minnows, towing you all around on a rope or teaching you how to return a volleyball serve.

Other "firsts" this month included getting your first library card:
Meeting your new flute teacher, Ms. Hideko:
Going to your first carnival and loving all the rides, food and games:

Having your first outpatient surgical procedure...to remove a pyogenic granuloma. Fortunately, it was not cancerous, just very painful to remove.
 Sister helped to distract you with her Nook.
Learning to play Bingo....
...and becoming a bit obsessed with it:
Learning to fish with live worms
 which was successful,
or crumbled crackers thrown in the lagoon...
 which was not.
One of your biggest excitements this month was FINALLY losing a tooth during the 4th of July festivities.

And the other great excitement this month was a visit from Lina and her family from Sweden, both in June and this past weekend, as well as Lucy D. and Ava from Chicago. We had a great weekend sleepover and you in particular were very sad to see everyone drive away yesterday.

This month's transition to another way of living has gone better than I think you or I thought it would. The relief that we both feel with that realization has made this one of the best months together that we've had in a long time. I can tell because you wrote me a series of love notes that you left all over the house for me to find. They said:

"Mom, Welcome back to the Land of Love Notes. xoxo Kate."
"Mom, I Love how you lahif (laugh). Love Kate"
"Mom, I Love it wen you R Happy. Love, Kate"
"I Love Mom with all my heart. Love Kate xoxo"
"I love Mommy a lot. Love Kate"
I love you too Katiebug. And I love being in the Land of Love Notes. From inside my slippers to my underwear drawer to my nightstand, they make me smile every time I find a pink note peeking out for me to find.

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