Charlotte's catchphrase this Christmas was, "I've wanted one of these my whole life!" followed closely by "This is the best [whatever] of my whole life!" Those are both kind of from Polar Express - at one point The Boy pulls the train's whistle and say, "I've wanted to do that my whole life!" and at another point Billy says, "I've wanted one of these my whole life!" Charlotte clearly understood the concept, and re-iterated it frequently, and to the amusement of all her adult relatives.
Things that Charlotte (apparently) wanted her whole life:
a tea set
a tea shirt with a penguin on it
a coloring book
a Squinkies dispenser
This was the year that Charlotte got wowed by toys, bikes, and all the STUFF about Christmas. She wasn't outright mercenary, but she totally understood the present side of Christmas for the first time ever. And since she wasn't bratty about it, it was actually pretty fun to indulge her, and just watch her lose her tiny mind over all the toys she got. The big present, in every way, was the tricycle from Santa. It was a Big Deal for her mom and dad, and it's awesome how much she loves it. Charlotte is great at riding it, and I took a bunch of videos I'll have to upload. It's been a long road to get to bike riding, and I'm so proud & psyched that she can do it. At physical therapy a year ago we really realized just how behind she was on some of the big physical stuff, and riding a trike was so hard for her that she couldn't even go 20 feet without stopping. Fast forward to this week, and Charlotte is pedaling all around the apartment complex. It's terrific. Part of it is the tricycle design, part of it is her age, and part of it is the hard work we've all been doing with her big muscle needs in mind.
Watching my kid ride her tricycle around and around, all I can think is, "I've wanted this my whole life."