I put Luke to bed tonight for the last time as an only child. He's spending the night at Gamma and Bampa's tomorrow because I am being induced early Friday morning. Sorry for the spoiler alert - all the details about that inside Friday's Fun Facts so you will just have to wait until then.
It's definitely a happy/sad situation. I'm sad because I know that while he will always be my baby, he will no longer be "the" baby. His little world is about to get rocked in a very big way and while it may not seem like it to him, I know it's for the best. I'm happy because I'm giving him something no one else on this earth can, a sibling. Someone to grow up with, share a childhood with, and when he and E are older they can reminisce about the good old days and how mom was a little cray cray.
Technically Luke doesn't turn 2 1/2 until October but I know that life is about to get a little hectic so I figured I better get this letter done before I barely have time to shower, let alone blog, even if it is a whole month early. My OCD is screaming inside right now because he's technically not 2 1/2 yet and what if I miss something super important in the next month... trying to let it go. If anything I'm trying to let more go in anticipation of becoming a mommy of 2 in less than 48 hours...
To My Sweet Luke,
It's hard to believe 2 is half over... the thought of you turning 3 kills me a little. I didn't think it could get any better but it does. You are a ball of energy and you go nonstop. Like 24/7. You were up 45 minutes this morning and you already had a maze of toys in no less than 3 rooms of our house.
Right now your favorite things to do are play Legos, pretend to cook, and play Play-Doh. Anything and everything construction is still your absolute favorite. You love to play with pretty much anything BUT your toys. My pots and pans, daddy's tools, remote controls, etc. In fact, we told you to go play with your toys the other day and you whined, "Noooooo." Your favorite movie (and really the only movie you will sit and watch) is Despicable Me. But you also have been asking for "Buzz and Woody" lately. I'm happy you are finally branching out in the movie department.
You are still my good eater but definitely have become more picky. Veggies are a big struggle but you would eat fruit all day every day if I let you. You love any and all snack foods - you get that from mommy. Anytime I ask you what you want to eat it's always the same, "cheeseburger please." That or "chips."
You are still taking one nap and it's anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2... You have to say goodnight to all your toys and Emilee's room before bed and you always have no less than 3 books in bed with you at all times. You love your big boy bed but still haven't quite figured out how to sleep in it. You sleep on top of the covers and sideways with your Little Giraffe blanket over your head. You still need two binkies for nap and bedtime. You put one in your mouth and rub the other one with your hand. I think mommy will miss them as much as you do when we decide to give them up, in my mind it still makes you my baby.
Your vocabulary is ridiculous. You can say the craziest words and with such clarity - quesadilla, macaroni, excavator, the list goes on and on. But there are some words that you still say with such toddler cuteness - like "wipe" (white). My most favorite thing you say is, "Mommy hold you" whenever you want to be picked up. I die. You can easily carry on a conversation and you use long sentences regularly. You haven't started asking "Why?" yet but your new favorite thing to ask is "What are you doing mommy/daddy/etc?" And you ask repeatedly. You say "daddy" almost with a British accent and your dad just eats it up. I don't blame him, it's pretty darn cute. You also ask to watch football regularly so this is pretty much your daddy's favorite age you've ever been.
You definitely have a one track mind and have quite the stubborn streak. You get your mind set on something and you just won't let it go. This will definitely be an advantage later in life. Right now? It's definitely a lesson in patience for mommy. You definitely have your whiny toddler days but for the most part are a happy, easy-going little dude.
Daddy and I love you so much and can't wait for you to meet baby sis. She's one blessed little girl to have such an amazing big brother. Just as daddy and I are so blessed that God picked you to be ours.
I love you so much Luke David and you will always be my first baby - no matter if you're 2 or 22.