Dear Joshua: Can you be Peter Pan?

I know every mother goes through this, but …. does he really have to grow up?

I mean, can’t he be Peter Pan or something and stay like this forever?

(Now, I don’t actually really like that idea, because I truly have enjoyed each and every stage, and so based on that experience for far I can assume that I will love and appreciate each and every stage from here on out.)

Some of my favorites lately …

I love how you say “Hulk smash!” and smash your little right leg down on the floor. #cutestvoiceever.

I love how you make a chipmunk face whenever you see a chipmunk, squirrel, or sloth. #slightlyconfused

I love how you say, “Oooh, mama!” when you’re looking for me (though I don’t necessarily love hearing my cherished title 100 times in ten minutes. We counted. For real.) #littlebitoverwhelming

I love how somehow you’re still able to curl yourself around my growing belly and nestled your head on my chest and fall asleep. #iknowthiswontlastforever

I love how you’re at that perfect toddler size–chubby, sturdy legs, oversized head, stocky little body. #youreperfect

I love how you’re so proud that you can now jump out of your highchair all by yourself, and you still proclaim your accomplishment every time. #absolutelyadorable

I love how your imagination is expanding and you’re really learning to play. #somuchfun

I love how you tell lots of stories–in gibberish. But what’s great, is I can often follow along! #fluentintwolanguagesnow

I love how everything is exciting–Nemo, the car, dancing with the Wii, playing ball, Baby Boo, Spiderman, your aunties, crackers … #everything. 🙂

Joshua, I love you so much. My dear Joshua … don’t be Peter Pan, but please, remind your Mommy to pause, take note, and thoroughly enjoy this beautiful toddler stage. #don’tletmeforget

I love my little buddy!

About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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