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The other nite after you had gone to sleep I began to read my Parents' magazine.
The one that I had received, oh, a month ago. And hadn't had the time or chance to read.
As I was reading the part on one year olds I started giggling.
There was a sentence talking about at this stage in our toddler's life they think that they are, in
fact, a dictator.
The world? Revolves around them.
Mommy and Daddy? Work for them.
They tell us when they are hungry.
They let us know they are ready for a nap.
As I read this out loud to Leo he was laughing so hard.
We had never thought about it as you are the dictator of our home.
But then we started thinking....
You are a little dictator. And we love it!
At times it makes us laugh, at times it pushes us to the edge.
But you're our little dictator. Who isn't afraid to let others know how she feels.
Who doesn't hold grudges.
Who forgives us if we do anything wrong.
I love this stage of your life.
The ups, the downs, the everything in between. You have taught me (and Daddy) a lot in the past 13 months.
So, my little dictator, we love you. I love you when you growl.
I love you when you whine and complain and wake up way too early for anyone's good.
I love you when we go on a walk and everything you see is "petty".
I love how when you go outside you still try to eat acorns, but you also come and give Momma some.
I love how you think my cell phone is in fact your own. And you call people. And I have to apologize to my entire phonebook for the random phonecalls.
You can continue this dictatorship because I know all too soon you will begin to put pieces of your life puzzle together.
You will realize that the world does not revolve around just one person (although in my eyes? My world will always revolve around you)>
We love you, honey.
Just the way you are.