Letter to Sebastian Jaya – 2 years 9 months old

To my dear little Sebastian Jaya,

Here we are Sebby, at 2 years 9 months old – 33 months! Wow! It’s hard to believe. {I’m almost two weeks late with this letter btw.} It’s also hard to believe that we are over half way through the year! Time seems to be speeding by faster and faster and I’m finding it hard to keep up. I’ll be taking big deep breathes as we head into the next three months leading to your third birthday. THREE. Oh my goodness! Oh, Sebby, it’s quite hard to believe that you are three months away from turning three years old. And I know how fast those three months are going to fly by. *Big deep breathes Mama* So, for now, I’ll just live in denial that you are almost three years old and not my little baby any more. {Even though you’ll always be my little baby, Seb!}

Let’s take a look at you over the last few months. You have grown so much, Seb. You’ve been going through a major growth spurt and have grown taller again.

This pic sums you up, “MISCHIEVOUS” – and unable to get a clear focussed photo of you!

The biggest thing that’s been happening around here is your language. Suddenly you have jumped from building up your single words to two or three word phrases at around 2 years 8 months and to now saying five or six words to string a sentence together. You have come such a long way so fast. You can count up to 100, you know colours and you know the whole alphabet; lately loving to sing the alphabet song. You love to sing and you’re a little chatterbox too. And I love hearing you chattering away to yourself; especially when you’re playing trains or quietly reading a book to yourself in your bedroom. These are the sweetest little moments that I’ll always hold onto.

You have so many funny catch phrases too… Are you ready?, Dada bau! {Dada stinks!}/Dada wangi! {Dada smells good!}, Bless you {after someone sneezes} and Pardon me, which sounds like “Mama me” {after you burp!} – so cute! And the funniest of all you like to say “Good boy!” to yourself when you think you’ve done something good. Oh so cute, my little Sebby. And not to be forgotten, your latest catch phrase; “Me more …” {whatever that might be; Me more toast, bickie, bubbles etc}. You have finally said your name too, and although it’s not super clear, I’ve heard you say Seb and Sebby recently. Yay!

Over the last few months we have begun the hibernation season, as the weather has become so much colder, but we have ventured out for a few little local adventures.

The most memorable was probably taking you on the double decker tourist bus around the city. At first you weren’t sure about the bus, especially going up the tiny spiral staircase to get a seat upstairs and right at the front, as we were the first ones on the bus. But as we took off and started driving through the city, you quickly got excited and loved it, especially going through all the tunnels and over bridges. Your two favourite things; tunnels and bridges. It was a fun day and we hopped off the bus up near the Treasury Gardens in the city and had a run around there. You almost got lost in all the leaves.

We also had a trip to the Shrine of Remembrance one Sunday afternoon. We jumped on a tram and headed down there in the late afternoon, just in time for sunset and it was a stunner. We wandered around the Shrine, up to the top and inside. It was such a pretty Winter’s afternoon and you loved all the stairs.

And, of course, always time for local beach walks, my fav.

You still love the park and you’ve gained some new kind of fearlessness. Where I used to see a scared little  man wanting to go down the slide but not sure about it and needing lots of help and reassurance, I now see a confident little man powering down the slide with no hesitation whatsoever. How/When did this happen? You still love going for neighbourhood walks and you still count all the house numbers along the way. You also count and know all the tram stops from our place to the city. You’ve also started learning some of the train station names along the Lilydale line! Ha!

You still love your trains most of all. We build train tracks every single day all over the apartment. You also like to play with your Hot Wheel cars and of course your beloved yellow school bus. You’ve also got a new love for puzzles, you pull out your puzzle box several times a day and you love doing your puzzles over and over again. I’ve been on the hunt lately for new puzzles for you my little man.

You’ve been trying to learn how to wink and you have mastered it! You haven’t quite mastered the “click-click” sound that goes with a wink but I’m sure it won’t be long. Watching you practice is priceless.

“Winking”

Earlier this week was my birthday, the greatest gift was you singing Happy Birthday to me. Oh, sweetheart, I never in a million years imagined that scene, of my little man, my son, singing happy birthday to Mama. Tears of joy were shed as I watched you singing with excitement while jumping around, as you do.

Sebby, you have so many funny little quirky things that you say and do, I just love you so much. And I am grateful every single day for you in my life, even on the hard days and there have been many of them lately. You’re cutting your two year molars thus sleep has been quite disturbed over the last few weeks. I can’t wait till we all get through the other side of this whole teething thing!

We are currently in the middle of Winter, and although we may be rugging up in all our warm Winter woollies; jumpers, jackets, gloves, scarves and beanies, we are dreaming of warm, tropical holidays, which are on the near horizon. SO exciting. I think we are all ready for a holiday and some quality family time. You my little Sebby don’t know what’s in store for you in less than a months time but I do know that you will love it. When it involves bare feet, exploring and Mama and Dada both by your side {and possible doughnuts for breakfast!} then life can’t get much better than that. I think you’ll be pretty pleased with the holiday we have planned.

So, I’ll end here my little Sebby, and just say I can’t wait for our little family adventure…and can you please push those molars through in the next couple of weeks before we depart! 😉

Love you my little Sebby, so so so much, all the way to the moon and back again.

Love Mama xxx

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