Monday, 13 June 2016

3 Years Old

I can't quite believe I can write this post title, 3 years old, I own a 3 year old! 

Today you are 3.
3 years ago today at 04.36am you came into this world, not screaming instantly because you wanted to play a trick on your Mama, already a messer, we had to wait for what felt like a lifetime but was actually only a few seconds before you let out your first wail. I honestly felt like I'd been holding my breath for so long until I could hear you and know that after 39hours you were here and you were ok.

3 years ago my world was turned upside down. I never ever expected to feel the way you make me feel, so incredibly happy yet shaking in my boots terrified, so proud to show you off but too scared to let others too near you, you were only small, so protective yet certain I wasn't enough for you. I will never be able to explain how much I love you because there are not enough words but I'll try with these 4 - 

You Are My World. 

You make me want to be a better person, to push myself further to achieve things I wouldn't have before, to set a good example to you and to make you proud to call me your Mama, or "Mooooooom" as you like to call me. 

When I creep in at night to check on you while you sleep, it's my most favourite place to be, I could watch you all night, watch how your eyelashes rest gently just on your face, how your bear is never too far away from your hand, your hair is usually lightly damp from sweat because you are like your Dad and feel the heat but I still insist on wrapping you up well because I'm afraid you might get cold. Since you were born I always rest my hand on chest, just to check your breathing, every single night, I can't rest easy until I've done this.

At 3 years old you are fast becoming independent, exerting your authority over us and testing boundries and somedays, I won't lie, it's bloody hard. That's ok though because you are trying to find your way in the world and we are doing the best we can to guide you in the right direction.

At 3 years old you have well truly left the baby days behind except for the potty training but we're working on it, you'll be grand. 

At 3 years old you have finally begun to sleep somewhat normally hurrah!! You very nearly broke these last few years with the lack of sleep but with an imagination as creative as yours we can kind of understand how hard it might be to switch off, only kind of though, we're till tired!

At 3 years old you love nothing more than helping, all of us. Me with the washing up, Dad in the garden, Nanny in the kitchen, Grandad in the shed - you want to be involved in it all. 

At 3 year old, you are very precise and can't be fobbed off with a quick answer, Nanny said I was like this too when I was a child. You will keep asking until you are satisfied with our answers and you fully understand and if you don't, well you will certainly come back to us on it, even a few days down the line.

At 3 years old, you bravely go off into play school without a second glance at us and you go about your business, you have a soft spot for your teachers.

At 3 years old you are very clear about what you like and what you don't like, I like this, you are assertive even if it does cause some tantrums at times.

At 3 years old you think you can take on the world, you love hanging out with the bigger kids but sometimes are still a bit too small but I keep a watchful eye on you while also giving you some freedom. You are adventurous but you don't like to stray too far from my sight either.

At 3 years old you are the most wonderful, precious thing in our lives and each day you amaze us with something new, each day your Dad and I look at each other and know just how we lucky we are that we get to call you our son. We are so looking forward to this new year of your life

Happy Birthday Buddy

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