Monday, September 10, 2012

Keepin' It Real

Dear Cheyenne,

I got to have you and only you for 19 1/2 months before your sister was born. I'm so happy I got to have you first, you've taught me so much already. You are such a loving big sister. You love "your baby" and want so badly to "hold her" and give her hugs. You try to comfort her when she's sad, with a "don't cry baby" and a pat on the head. I can see your innate desire to be nurturing and kind already.

Cheyenne I've got to tell you a little bit about your toddler self. You are a ball of energy! You are so incredibly curious, you want to figure out everything all at once. You are fiercely independent, and will go to great lengths to do anything by yourself. You are so so smart, you have all of your dad's genes. You are already your dad's little electrical engineer. Seriously, you try to plug in anything with a cord, and you know exactly where to screw in light bulbs. You are so social and outgoing, you can't be found without a smile.

I'm not perfect, and I must admit most of the time I look at the negative side of your behavior. I get uptight about the fact that you scratch and push other kids. I dread cleaning up your messes. I cringe when I see your "helpful" self trying to pick up your sister by her neck. Your tantrums (and there are too many to count, these days) push me over the edge sometimes.

I got some good advice from my sister Sarah to take pictures of your naughty deeds. So then I can document it and laugh about it even though it's not so funny at the time.

In this picture, I was feeding your sister and you were hungry. You decided to help yourself to the strawberries and grapes in the fridge. You also dumped out all the orange juice, and covered your baby stroller in smoothie this day. The next day we put a lock on the fridge. You look so cute though!

This is a daily occurrence. You haven't quite figured out how to keep food on your tray. When you are done, you simply throw it on the (carpeted) ground. Also, you love to plug in the curling irons I keep under the sink. That cabinet also has a lock on it now.

You figured out how to open the wet wipes! And you love to carry around shoes and blankets.

 I would not respond quickly enough to your request for pretzels, so you decided to help yourself. Of course in style, with your favorite backpack, and that adorable smile.

I tried to distract you by feeding your sister in the toy room, away from the kitchen. Still not exciting enough for you. You wanted to explore something new, and you soon discovered this cupboard full of food. I could hear the boxes of pasta being dumped on the counter. I decided to wait until the end of the day to clean this one up (or at least until I got some more child locks!). Look how proud you are of yourself!
It's a good thing I did. The next feeding, you found some eyeshadow to put on the corner of your eye, and then helped yourself to some jelly I accidentally left on the counter. Who can say no to those big blue eyes?

So yes, you are quite a handful. But I do want to thank you for being my toddler. When I was younger, I grew up around so many nieces and nephews. You can't help but love them at the toddler stage, with their chubby fingers, limited vocabulary, and loads of giggles. I was jealous of my sisters. They got to spend the whole day with a giggly ball of fun, that they could tickle and run around and chase all that they wanted. And I yearned for the day when someone would call me "mommy." When someone would fall down and skin their knee and run to me for comfort. And you gave me that Cheyenne. I'm so grateful and wouldn't have it any other way. So thank you.


  1. Ok. This sounds familiar. See my most recent Facebook post :)

    Having a new baby sister is a change. Good luck!

  2. Wow! That girl is crazier than I thought. Sounds like comedy hour all day at your house! You're a good mom. Keep it up!

  3. This is so dang funny! It also scares the heck out of me since I'll be in your same position starting next week!

  4. Oh this just made me smile! She is quite a doll...and this is just so real life!!!!

  5. I couldn't stop smiling to myself, while at the same time my eyes were getting all teary! I know EXACTLY what you are talking about! Child locks are on my list of things to get soon! ;)