Birthday Notes to Her Little Boy by Nater Tot
Long Islander mom blogger Amber writes letters to her son Nate to mark the milestones in his life, from half-birthday reflections to a two-and-a-quarter years celebration, on her site Nater Tot. Each detailed letter, which has become a tradition, shares Nate’s ever-evolving personality, writing into history the little things that may otherwise fade from memory.
When I was filling out the paperwork for school, I came to a section which asked about your strengths and weaknesses. I had a hard time with the section because there was only a tiny space for your strengths and I couldn’t think of anything to put down for your “weaknesses.” So I attached a 3-page addendum for your strengths (just kidding, I put “communication skills” and had to write really small to fit it in) and asked Daddy to help me think of a weakness. He was no help.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we know that no one is perfect. But I just wouldn’t call any of the challenges we face while parenting you a “weakness.” They tend to fall into two categories:
- Personality traits that make you a tough nut to crack when it comes to developing and maintaining healthy sleep habits and
- traits you have because you’re 2 years old.
Amber strives to provide a non-toxic environment for her family and provides suggestions of great non-toxic gifts for kids in a gift guide. She is a big proponent of teaching babies sign language – Nate started signing at 10 months after beginning to learn it at 4 months. She also works as a baby/toddler sleep consultant with The Baby Sleep Site. Amber and her husband are raising their family on Long Island.