Yoshi at 3 years 5 months

Dear Yoshi,
Here’s some random stuff about you right now.

  • You talk all the time, but what’s new there? You have always been a talk-all-the-timer. It wears us down a little, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Right now, you are going through a period of trying to understand the world. You ask question after question about everything we do, because you are trying to understand not only what we are doing but why and what will happen next. You are trying to connect things together. It’s fun watching your mind put the pieces together in a way we haven’t seen before. You have always been such a thoughtful girl, even when you were a baby. We could see you figuring out the world by the way you looked at everything so seriously and intensely.

  • You also have your opinions about how we should answer each question or respond to each statement we make. Most of the time, you ask a question followed immediately by “say okay?” Sometimes we don’t hear the request and ask to to repeat. You then say “say okay?” “say okay?” “say okay?” instead of repeating the original response. Also, you want me to respond in specific ways. If I say “yes,” you will say “say, ‘of course you can’.” Or, if I saw “of course you can,” you say “say, ‘you certainly may’.” I never know which response you want. Sometimes you tell me exactly what to say in a conversation like “I will ask you what we are having for lunch, and you will say macaroni pizza.”
  • Your favorite thing in the whole world is for me or your dad to play with you in your room. This involves each of us being a character (usually a stuff animal or a figurine). The characters have conversations with each other and go on outings together. They usually discuss their names, go on a car ride (making sure to buckle the buckles), and go to the park and swing. The storyline usually involves one of the characters falling and hurting themselves, and a new doctor character comes in and gives medicine, band-aids, and cream to save the day.

  • You love to dance without your clothes. Every night after you take off your clothes but before you put on jammies, you insist on dancing nude. It’s hilarious. You have a “bottom dance” and a “snake dance.” I’m hoping this isn’t indicative of a future career. You also enjoy doing these dances in front of the mirror. I’m going to show this letter to your future partner some day, and you will be embarrassed. (Dear Yoshi’s significant other if you are reading this, please ask me to show you the videos. I’ve got them.)

  • You just started writing your name and getting very creative with your drawing. Recently, you drew a pirate with a band-aid, a dinosaur with one leg, and a doggie cloud with long boogers.
    A big dinosaur with one foot

  • You have the best imagination. Most of your play involves new stories and scenarios that you or your toys are acting out.
  • You love a good poop joke, fart joke, or booger joke.
  • You’ve started talking in funny voices. It’s really cute.
  • Your favorite food is pizza.
  • Your favorite toys are your stuffed animals (especially kitties), your Littlest Pet Shop figurines, and your Busytown figurines.
  • Your favorite shows are Winnie the Pooh, Busytown Mysteries, and the Busy World of Richard Scarry. You still love the Grinch, which we all still call Boosh.

  • You also love to pretend to be your sister. You crawl around with her, like to be held like her, etc.

  • I think I have talked about your nighttime routine in a letter to you before, but you now have a nightstand. On the nightstand must be water and two toys to “watch you.” You sleep with two stuffed animals, and you pick two toys to sit on the nightstand. The things that watch you don’t necessarily need eyes for the watching. The other night a spoon and a toy doctor tool watched you sleep. Usually, these are toys you aren’t quite ready to part with, but ones we won’t allow in bed with you.
  • Right now, your favorite songs are Row Row Row Your Boat and “Mommy Song” which is Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I.
  • You have a bunch of little friends at day care and in our playgroup. You love love love them and get very excited about seeing them.

  • We read your first chapter book recently. We read a chapter a night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You really liked it. When we finished the book, we had a little chocolate Wonka party. You, your dad, and I watched the movie, drank hot chocolate, and ate popcorn and chocolate. We started reading Charlotte’s Web next, but we haven’t gotten into it as much as the first. I think the individual chapters aren’t as engaging.

You are funny, smart, sweet, stubborn, creative, beautiful, quirky, shy, busy, and talkative. I could go on forever about you, but I’ll stop for now.
Love your face,


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