You know those times that the kids are driving you insane? Those times you want to run, hide, step outside and just breathe? Those happen a lot with toddlers but you know what happens equally as much? When her awesomeness just shines through.
Even those times they spill orange juice on your laptop and it dies (I am blogging from the iPad for a couple of days) the awesome of three is there – and I love it.
- This kid makes me laugh. All the time. Sure, a lot of the time it’s inappropriate but still. She makes me laugh. Just last night we were playing Super Mario U, she fell down a hole and mutters ‘dammit’ under her breath. I give her the look and she’s all “Sssh, you didn’t hear me” A bit of a parenting fail, but hilarious.
- She has no filter. She was just telling a story at the inlaws last night that included tampons, her poo and a plugged toilet. Though I think a lot of people would die of embarassment, I almost died laughing.
- The way she says balloon. ‘bee-yoon’. Stop correcting her, It melts my heart.
- She puts you in your place. When she is screaming we will tell her “We don’t scream in this house”. The other day she was terrorizing Violet for the ninetieth time that afternoon so I finally screamed at her to stop. She puts her down, comes over and says “Look at my face – We don’t scream in this house”
- The Manners. Oh my goodness is this kid well mannered most of the time. The pleases, the thank-yous, the compliments – She has manners for days and it makes so proud of the job we’re doing as parents.
- The questions. There are no less than four hundred questions each day but most of the time I love the questions.
- The independence. She insists on doing her zippers, helping with the snacks, prepare dinner, choosing the clothes. The independence of this little person is nothing short of incredible.
- She is cuddly. She is quite possibly the most cuddly person that I’ve ever met and sometimes it drives me insane because she would prefer to sit and lay on you than beside you but when it comes down it I love cuddling the little three year old person that is only getting bigger and bigger every single week.
- The love for her little sister. Sure, she doesn’t let her have any toys/food/or room of her own because a year later everything is still Olivia’s but she loves her. So much. She doesn’t like it when she’s napping, she wants to play with her all the time and she is always teaching her things and trying (a bit too forcefully) to make her run. Underneath the obsessive crazy toddler love is a bond I hope lasts a lifetime.
- Three-Year-Olds think chores are an adventure. Enough said.