My dearest Sweetness,
You have a new saying that is adorable and so appropriate.
Instead of saying that you "don't" want to do something, you say you "can't want" to do it.
Mama will say it's time to get ready for bed and you say, 'Mama, I can't want to."
Or I'll tell you we need to get you some medicine for the nasty cold you've had and you tell me that you "can't want" your medicine.
I think I'm going to start trying that one out at work - next time I get asked to create a report or something. We'll see if it works any more successfully for me than it has for you.
Speaking of cold medicine, I think it wired you last night. You were literally bouncing up and down as fast as you could. I asked you what you were doing and you said, "I dancing". Then, on all the "downbeats" of your jumping you said, "Mama. I. Don't. Wanna. Listen".
It was very cute and I have to admit that I couldn't prevent myself from laughing at you.
I am constantly amazed at how you think things through. Since you came home you've called my parents "Grandma and Grandpa Fish" (because they have an enormous aquarium in their living room) and you call Papa's parents "Grandma and Grandpa Mint" (because our last name is hard to say when you're three).
The "grands" have LOVED it - it's been so cute and they've called themselves that as well (like on the phone or "come give Grandpa Fish a hug").
A few weeks ago I finally broke it to you that those weren't REALLY their names. I explained what their names really were and I repeated them a few times so you'd get the association ("Grandma Fish is Grandma Olson", etc).
A few minute later I could hear you in the backseat, talking to yourself. You were trying out the feel of those new names. I heard you say, "Grampa O'son.... Grampa O'son" and then you said, "Mama, do THEY know that?"
I asked you, "does WHO know that?" and you said, "Grampa Fish".
Yes, Sweetie. He knows what his real name is. Sorry to ruin the dream.
Speaking of names, yours can be a mouthful. Our last name is hard to say. You'll get used to spelling it for everyone the rest of your life. But right now, if we ask you what your name is you say "Na-tun Bent Romanoff".
That'll do, Son. That'll do.
I love you,