You turned three a week ago. Three years ago I became a mommy for the first time, and my life was forever changed.
To be honest, you are pretty much as difficult right now as you ever have been. I've heard people say three was hard, and it's definitely ringing true with you. I cry out to the Lord every day to help me mother you as best as I can.
I've come to realize that in order for us to have good days, you need to be challenged and guided all day long. You are social and you want to constantly be with people. You do not like playing by yourself at all. You are very comfortable around adults, but big groups of children intimidate you. In our own home, with just a few people, you are very talkative. You love having friends over to play or going to a friend's house. If I bring you to a play date with lots of activity and children, you have no interest in playing with the other children, and stay glued by my side.
You LOVE to pretend and make believe. I love watching your imagination at work. One of your favorite things to do right now is to pretend with me. We pretend the carpet is the ocean and the couches are our boats and you call me Captain Mommy. You love to pretend we are doggies, you like to get out your doctor kit and have Dr. Ethan examine everyone, and the list goes on and on and on.
You do have funny mispronunciations and names that you refer to certain things. Some of our favorites are:
- snack truck (what you call your snack trap)
- You call "Cool Whip" birfday (we have no idea why you think it's called birthday, but we laugh and roll with it because we think it's cute).
-gummabar (granola bar)
-Gummabar tool (bar stool)
-You pronounce our street Mymona Street (Ramona Street).
-When you pretend you say "pretendin". You'll say things like "I'll be a pretendin doctor right now".
-"Mr. Sunshine is going ni-night so Mr. Moon can wake up". We have no idea where you got htat one, but it's cute.
-You call your father "vather" sometimes, and it makes me laugh.
You are very intelligent. I really think you get your brains from your father. You amaze me with how much you know and how easily you can figure things out. You love to take things apart, also just like your father. I have a feeling you will love to learn how to fix things and use tools as you get older.
If we can get through three with you, I think we'll be able to get through anything ;) I'm trying my hardest to find things that work with you, and really praying that above all else I can teach you about God's love for you. I'm finally starting to realize who you are as a person, and working with that, instead of pulling my hair out and trying to make you be someone you are not. Mothering is a learning process, and I learn everyday. As my firstborn, you are somewhat of a guinea pig when we encounter new territory. Bear with me as I learn to mother you each step of the way my son.
Here we go... another year.
I love you more than words can express.