How is it that you've already come to be three years old? It's incredibly hard for me to imagine how that time has passed so quickly. You are growing and learning every day and I feel privileged to have been a part of that process.
|When you were brand new!|
|Just look at all that personality bubbling out of those eyes!|
There is so much personality bundled into your tiny little self that most of the time it just bubbles over. When you are happy all that bubbling personality can be such a fun part of our days. You play with extreme abandon - running, flopping, and going with everything that is in you. Even, sometimes, in spite of the fact that you are not the most coordinated child (yet). This is evidenced in the fact that you have given us our first experience with a broken bone but within a couple hours were happy-go-lucky again. Then within a few days you were acting like there was absolutely nothing wrong with your arm. Everybody who tended to you during the process was just in awe of how you were handling it and just fell in love with all the personality happily bubbling out of those eyes.
|This girl don't care that she just broke her arm - it's selfie time!|
Then there is the independent feisty. This sometimes serves you well and sometimes makes my head want to explode. You have a very definite idea of how things are supposed to be or go at times. Lots of times you want to do things yourself. That's great when it's something you can handle and not so great when it's something that is a little out of your capabilities at the moment. We frequently have difficulties when you decide that you want to buckle yourself in the carseat. You can do most of it but have a little trouble with parts (like lining up the pieces just right). If we're not running late (which we almost always are) I'll let you fiddle with it for a few minutes. But when we're 10 minutes late leaving before work/daycare and really just need to leave NOW me helping you doesn't always go over well.
Then there is the bad feisty.... like you decide you're not going to do what Mama and Daddy say feisty. This can result in a fall-in-the-floor kicking and screaming temper tantrum. Those never go well. I've seen them last for 30 minutes. There is absolutely no reasoning with you or talking to you until you get calmed down. It's ugly and one of my least favorite parts of parenting. Fortunately, you're always ready to make up and cuddle afterward.
You are also our first experience with a good eater. Goodness knows that Eli isn't going to touch any real food. But you love food and love to eat everything. Pizza is super high on the list. When Daddy and I pick up pizza after work you start jumping up and down outside the car as soon as we open the doors. You can smell it before we ever put you in and you get so excited about it. We love pizza too but seeing your reaction to it makes having pizza for supper even more fun! You like most other foods we give you but the other big standout favorite is sausage. At times you even ask for sausage throughout the day as a snack. We typically keep some pre-cooked in the freezer that we can just pop in the microwave at a moment's notice.
Other things you like are your baby dolls and all their stuff (blankets, bottles, diaper bags, etc). That is probably because you watch me take care of Mae. You make such a good little Mama though. Another big favorite is any kind of art supplies. You love to color and draw. the crayons are scattered everywhere. And the last favorite thing I can think of is anything having to do with Frozen (which really translates to all princess stuff).
You love your brother and sister very much and (thus far) have managed to avoid killing Mae with your very rough loving. We sometimes have to fuss at you and tell you not to touch her but it's not because you are trying to do anything bad. You are just being too rough at the moment and she is much much smaller than you. Telling you to stay away from Mae ALWAYS hurts your feelings and results in tears.
You also are quite the Daddy's girl and sleep with him every night. Right now since we're living with Joey and Papa Rick while we build our new house you don't even have your own bed. You sleep in the middle of mine and Daddy's bed and snuggle up so close to him that he has to hang off the edge of the bed to sleep. And still I sometimes hear you call for him to cuddle you in your sleep. Daddy absolutely LOVES that you do this even though it means that he almost never gets a good nights sleep. I love that the two of you have this special relationship and that you feel so protected and safe when he's around. When he goes away for a few nights for work you almost always have trouble going to sleep without him.
So I think that about does it for now, sweet girl. I love you and want you to know that you are a very special part of our family. I honestly can't imagine what our lives would be like without your little bundle of personality bringing the feisty fun into our days. I hope you had the happiest birthday ever and that all your birthday wishes came true.
Love you bunches,