Thursday, December 29, 2011

M, You're Three!

M, you're three years old!  You're such a big girl and there are so many things I could tell you about yourself.

Here's a little about you at three years old:
  • You are spunk-y!  You are one sassy, independent little girl and you have been for a long time.  I hope that never goes away.

  • You LOVE Thomas the Train and all his friends.  You have several of the toys, you know all their names, and you play with them for hours.  You have never loved a set of toys so much.  
  • You're definitely a train girl, but you can be a girly girl, too. You love dressing up in tutus and dresses, and you love your princess dolls (Ariel, Belle, and Tiana).    
By the way, this is one of your very own outfit creations -  PJ top, tutu, leggings, and headband. 
(Wild, just-washed hair is courtesy of Mommy.) 
  • You love books and always have.  You grab a big stack of books, sit on the floor, and go through and read them all.  If someone comes over and tries to touch your stack, you move their hand away and straighten the stack back up.  You've memorized books, and the ones you haven't memorized you go through and make up your own stories.  

  • You know your full name as well as your daddy's and mine (and some relatives).  You know your birthdate along with the year, too.
  • We took you to your three-year appointment recently and learned that you are in the 60th percentile for weight and the around the 70th percentile for height.  And healthy!  

  • You love to sing -- especially when you're in bed for a nap or bedtime.  At home it's adorable as we listen to you on the monitor.  (At school when your friends are trying to go to sleep?  Not so much.  But you've gotten a lot better.)  As I type this during your naptime, you're singing at the top of you lungs in your bed, this song:
Zacchaeus was a wee little man

And a wee little man was he

He climbed up in a sycamore tree

For the Lord he wanted to see

And as the Savior passed that way

He looked up in that tree

And He said, “Zacchaeus, you come down!
For I’m going to your house today
For I’m going to your house to stay”
  • You also like to sing, "I've got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy..." and "Trading My Sorrows" (and lots of other inspirational songs).
  • You love Justin Bieber, too.  I kinda introduced you to one of his songs over a year ago and you pretty much love anything he does. I don't think you recognize his new grown-up voice though, which is probably a good thing.
  • You still sleep in your crib.  Months ago we took out the springs and put your mattress on the floor to keep you from crawling out, but that doesn't matter because you still can climb out.  I guess it's time to convert your crib to a toddler bed.  I worry about that because it's going to be a fight to keep you in bed at night.  I dread it already.
  • Speaking of sleep, though you go to bed fine in your own bed (most nights), we usually come get you when we go to bed (long after you've gone to sleep). Your Daddy and I both feel your room is too far from ours, so we get you and put you in bed with us.  The truth is our house is not big enough for your room to be considered "too far away."  Your daddy and I feel you are safer in there with us are just a little obsessive.
  • I still love to watch you sleep sometimes like I did when you were a baby.  The two images are pretty much the same and they give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
  • You like to say, "Let's go eat something!" when we're out and about.  You like to go in restaurants and sit down and eat.  Doesn't have to be anything fancy -- sitting down in Chick-fil-A is fine with you!
  • You have a fear of smoke alarms and go through phases where you don't walk under the ones in our house unless someone is right there with you.
  • You've started biting your nails - yuck!  I've never bitten my nails, but your dad did when he was younger.
  • You're going through another nose-picking phase.  Only this time you've decided you like to EAT them, too.  We're working on that. :)

  • We have to tell you every night that there is NO monster in your room, and thankfully you believe us every time.  But we still have to reassure you.
  • Our bedtime routine:  Brush teeth, take a bath, do an activity (coloring, tracing letters/shapes/etc.,), and then read a story.  And with the story, we read it first, and then you insist that we "go back."  Going back requires us to talk about something on each page -- what the characters are doing, or identifying colors, or counting items, etc.  It depends on the content.
  • You have an opinion on your outfits now, and it's made for some very dramatic mornings.  Including the morning of your birthday party.  The bottoms were a little loose, and you did NOT like that because you thought they were leggings .You love wearing tights/leggings -- that actually fit to your legs.  You kept telling me you "didn't like it" -- the outfit we bought ESPECIALLY for your birthday. :-|

  • Though you're fully potty trained during the day (including naptime at school), you still sleep in a diaper at night.  I guess we should work on that.
  • For a long time, you've been able to spot tiny airplanes in the sky.  I mean TINY.  During the day you spot the oneS that look like they're a million miles away and are barely visible.  And at night, among all the stars, you can pick out that one "star" that's actually an airplane a ton of miles away (so far away that it only appears to be barely moving).  Amazes me every time.
  • You HATE loud noises.
  • You still call your daddy Da-EEY.  You pronounce everything perfectly but you've never pronounced the Ds in the the second part of Daddy.
  • I obviously have no choice but to take you in public restrooms all the time, but you and I both hate it -- for different reasons.  I am so afraid of the yucky toilet seat that I hold you above the toilet as you go (toilet paper isn't shielding enough for me).  And because you hate loud noises, those automatic flushes scare you.  So much that sometimes you refuse to go to the potty and wait until you're in a tight (luckily we've never had a public accident).  Most of the time to avoid upsetting you, I just leave out without flushing.  (So tacky, I know.) 
  • You're probably the most social kid in class.  You're a busy body who would rather stand at your seat than sit down and often goes to sit with your favorite friends in their chairs.  Your teachers are very patient as you explore your social and active side.

  • Speaking of school, you've learned quite a bit.  For a long time, you have known all the months, the days of the week, all types of weather, your alphabet, colors, and how to count to 20.  Months ago you learned to recognize all your letters and all your numbers (from 1-10), and you can count to 10 in Spanish.  You can also sound out every letter in the alphabet.  You're now in the very beginning stages of blending vowels and consonants.  You're in a great preschool that not only teaches you a lot, but they shower you with love AND teach you the Bible.
  • You always say "bless you" when someone sneezes (or coughs - ha! You don't know the difference yet).
  • You've always called me Mommy, but I've caught you saying Mama and "Moooom" (in a very tween-like way.)
  • Whenever your daddy or I put on something new/different, you notice.  You'll say, "I like your red dress, Mommy" or "I like your Alabama shirt, Daddy."
  • Speaking of Alabama, you recognize anything Alabama Crimson Tide. You love to say "Roll Tide!" and then "Beat those Tigers!  Beat those Tigers!" a cheer your PaPa taught you.
  • Speaking of traveling, you've traveled with the Tide for every one of their bowl games since you've been in existence.  In a few weeks, you'll be going on your fourth bowl trip (and second national championship). Your first trip was when you were three weeks old.  I thought I was a bad mom for doing that back then, and I pretty much  feel the same way to this day.  I took my newborn to New Orleans.  On Bourbon Street.  I wish I was kidding.  It WAS daytime, so it wasn't so bad, but I've got to plan my next pregnancy so that your brother or sister isn't so NEW around bowl season.  (Sad, right?)  You've actually traveled quite a bit in your three years.  You've flown at least three times (all with little drama, thank God!), and have been to several cities:  Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami, Raleigh, Nashville, New Orleans, and of course Atlanta.   You've been to several beaches, too, especially along the Gulf Coast.  You travel well, though I'm not surprised.  It's in your blood.  Your daddy and my in-laws will hit the road in a New York minute.  (Speaking of NY, you won't be going there until you're much older.  That city is way too fast and crowded for us to take you -- I'd be a nervous wreck.)  We recently got passports, so your first international trip is probably not too far in the future. Especially if your daddy has anything to do with it!
  • You can be a bit dramatic.  You have no problems telling us "I'm sad" or "I'm angry" complete with facial expressions and body language.  We do appreciate your willingness to express your feelings, but sometimes we think you're being a lit-tle bit dramatic.
  • You have this accent sometimes that's between a country gal and a kid from another country. I can't identify the accent, but it's hilarious.
  • I've always been a "don't cry over spilled milk" kinda girl, and I'm trying to teach you to be the same way (and that it's okay to make mistakes).  Sometimes it comes back to bite me because you'll intentionally do something mischievous, and when I get on to you, you'll say, "Mommy, it's okay." Like you're comforting ME because YOU did something bad! :)
  • You LOVE being outside.  Your Big Daddy bought you your first set of training wheels for your birthday, so we're in for lots of bike riding days!
  • Your favorite shows are Dora, Thomas the Train, Little Bear, Olivia, Chuggington, Little Einsteins, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Fresh Beat Band.  We've bought tickets to go see the Fresh Beat Band live in the spring.  I'm so excited for you but I can't share it with you for months. You don't understand the concept of time yet, so I'll probably tell you a day or two before the concert.  You're going to LOVE IT!
  • Your favorite food is oatmeal, and it always has been.  And it's THIS kind (like Stage 2 baby food).  And you eat it EVERY morning.
  • You also love pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream, watermelon, and pasta.  You're becoming a picky eater, so I still feed you the Gerber toddler meals to be sure you get your veggie servings every day.  I've got to come up with something different -- and quickly.  You're THREE now, after all. :)
Funny things you've said lately:

  • "Mommy, look at the "Miracle" flag! (American flag.)
  • Your daddy coaches basketball, too, and we were at one of his games.  You hate the loud horns.  You asked me what it was and when I told you it was a horn -- maybe you didn't hear me correctly, but you told me (pretty loudly), "Mommy, turn off the _orn!"  You replaced the H with another letter that would certainly turn heads.  Luckily the game wasn't crowded.
  • "Mommy, I'm broken.  I need to go to the doctor.  Can he fix me?"
  • After getting the flu shot (and wimpering for all of one second):  "Mommy, I feel better."  (You weren't sick!  Dramatic!)
  • You think everything around here belongs to Mommy.  You call it "Mommy's house," "Mommy's bed" -- Mommy's everything.  When I ask you where Daddy lives and where his bed is, you tell me you don't know. People are going to think your daddy doesn't live with us and that we don't sleep in the same bed! 
  • When your Memaw looked at you one day and said, "You're so precious," you told her, "I'm not precious, I'm..." and then stated your full name.
  • One morning as we were getting up, I asked you to find your slippers.  After looking for them for a few minutes, I told you to help since you often know where your own things are (duh).  But you told me, "Mommy, YOU find the slippers and I'LL go play with my trains, okay?"
  • One day I was in the other room and you were in the living room playing with your toys, and I asked you to come here.  You yelled out, "I went to the bathroom!" as in I'm busy, I can't come right now.  But you were totally playing with your toys in the floor.
  • You wake up at the same time on the weekends (though we let you go to bed later!), and I recently tried to stay in bed as long as possible.  You told me, "Mommy, it's not dark, it's daytime...we can get up!"
  • You ask to play with my phone, and one day I told you no because you didn't have a job that makes money to replace it if you broke it.  You thought for a second and said, "I want a job!  Daddy, may I have a job, please?"
So funny!

I am leaving out quite a bit, I'm sure, but this is just a snapshot of who you are at three years old.  I can't leave out the fact that you're also very stubborn and strong-willed.  You can also be very impatient (I actually remove your Barbies' shoes before I give them to you because you get pretty mad when they fall off so quickly -- yes, it's that bad).  We still have the occasional tantrum in the store, though they are few and far between.  And occasionally you'll forget who the authority figures are in the house.  But I'm seeing a lot of these qualities lessen a bit as you get a little older.  Thank goodness! :)

Overall, M, you are a COMPLETE JOY.  You have given me enough happiness in your three years to fill a million hearts.  I love watching you grow, smile, laugh, eat, sleep, make mistakes, learn from them, and simply come into your own.  Mommy loves you more than words can express.  As I tell you all the time, YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE.  And you always will be.

Love, Mommy

P.S.  Here a video of you "reading" one of favorite Thomas books.

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