Letters to our children | October 2017

It’s another installment of what will hopefully be many monthly letters written to our children. It’s a part of a memory-keeping attempt to capture these glimpses into the everyday and the not so ordinary moments that pass by so quickly as children grow. This is an ongoing series.

My big and little three-year-old –

The threenager is really (really) setting in in full force. From a parent standpoint it’s been a huge learning curve for me to try to figure out the balance between getting things done my way and (somewhat efficiently) and letting you flex a bit of your independence. We’ve had some amazing fun this month exploring fall in our neck of the woods. We’ve also had some of our biggest explosions over what boils down to expectations and communication.

You’ve been completely rocking preschool – having so much fun, meeting all sorts of new kids, and impressing your teachers. You’ve also decided to pretty much be done with napping now (I really could have used another month or so to get out of this busy season!). You’ll still take one here or there, but mostly you just play quietly in your room during nap time (mostly… – see the explosions mentioned before 😉 ).

It’s been so amazing to almost see your brain and your world just expanding in so many ways. You’ve also started to become so limby – long arms and legs everywhere. You’re losing a lot of your baby chub and starting to look so so much like a kid. I suppose it’s time, but even looking back at photos and video from just six months ago, there’s so much change! You’re becoming such an amazing person, and I’m so so proud of you.

So, so much,

My girl-on-the-go –

I feel like every month you’re ramping up your developments. SLOW DOWN. Seriously, lady. You’re crawling. You’re pulling up on all of the furniture, you’re shuffling around that furniture, you’re diving straight past all of the toys and straight for the cords, the trash cans, all of the things that you really really shouldn’t go for. You got your first tooth last week and promptly bit me. Hard. So far, just the once though.

I had my first overnight away from you recently and you did so well for your dad. You ate like a champ and slept better for him than you usually do when I’m home – figures 🙂 I wonder if when I sit down to write this next month if you’ll have managed to start walking (way too early!)?

Always and always,

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2018 and 2019 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.

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