Marty has started preschool and IT IS showing. He is verbal in ways I was hoping he wouldn’t be for at least a decade. But he’s also so hilarious and spunky that there are days he literally makes me laugh cry. He is a ball of light and emotion and love and I DON’T WANT HIM TO GROW UP ANYMORE. He is a man with many, many lovely sides.

“Those guys have to finish it first, see how they’re still building and fixing it?”
“Well, don’t they know they need a girl?”
“They need a girl?”
“Yeah. Girls to fix it.”Marty, the intelligent feminist

“God damnit, look at that guy!”Marty, the football analyst

“When the bug is naughty, you say that fucking bug.”
“Matty. What?!”
“THE BUG. When the bugs are naughty, you say THAT FUCKING BUG.”
“Who taught you that?!”
“Papa.”

“SHIT! Abbott, the dogs are in our bed!”Marty, the sailor 

“DON’T TALK TO ME, DAD!”Marty, the defiant

“I don’t want you to snuggle with me.”
“You don’t want me to snuggle with you?!”
“No, not tonight, Mom.”Marty, the heartbreaker

“MOM! I was telling you a story!”
“Oh, sorry, buddy. What were you talking about?”
“WELL, I’m trying to tell you a story about my raincoat and my shadow!”Marty, the no-bullshiter

“No, Matty, we’re leaving after this.”
“Ugggggh. Kids suck.”Marty, the Goonies fanatic who would rather quote the movie than make any sense 

“Matty, what did you have for lunch today?”
“POOPY BUTT SANDWICH! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

“Matty?”
“Mom?”
“What?”
“You’re a poop nugget! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”Marty, the comedian who can’t resist poop jokes

“Auntie M, do you wanna come listen to me pee?”Marty, the creepy sweetheart!

“Auntie M, do you wanna sleep with me? I have a bed? I have a BIG bed!”Marty, the king of persuasion!

“Mom, do giraffes have teeth?”
“Hmmm, that’s a good question; I think so?”
“But giraffes don’t have teeth!”
“Are you sure?”
“No.”Marty, the brainteaser

“Storm troopers are BAD GUYS!”
“Matty, you don’t have to be scared of them, they’re just people in costumes.”
“NO! I’m going to put the alligator head on and I’m gonna BITE them.”Matty, the sci-fi fanatic

“You can take your dragon to show and share!”
“Well, there’s blood on him.”
“You put blood on your dragon?”
“Yeah.”
“Why?”
“Well, because he can’t eat food!!”
“Wait. So you gave him blood?”
“Yes.”

AMEN FOR MARTY, MY THREE-YEAR OLD BOSS, MINI-ME, SPIRIT ANIMAL AND THE KEEPER OF MY HEART.