Sunday, October 12, 2008

3 Years Older

Dearest M,

Three years ago today, right this moment, you were 4 hours old. You were the tiniest, squeakiest, squishiest, most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. Today, you are the most animated, funniest, opinionated 3 year old I know. I'm amazed by how much you've grown and changed. You're in a strange place between baby-hood and little-girl-hood. You still want your snuggles at nap and bed times. You still want to be held and carried. You still want to drink out of a sippy cup. On the other hand, you say things like, "Mom…(long pause) I was talking to Daddy." Or "Mom, I don't like (fill in the blank)" as if I should know and realize this particular thing about you. "I can do it myself" is a phrase your daddy and I hear ALL THE TIME around our house.

Today when people asked how old you are, you responded, "Three years older."

How did you get this way? How is it possible that you changed SO MUCH in just three short years? I tried so hard to savor each moment with you, yet somehow, so much has slipped by, unnoticed. When did your vocabulary become so diverse? When did you learn so many songs? When did you decide what you like and don't like? How did I miss all that? How could I possibly miss that baby I knew morphing into this amazing toddler who knows so much? How in the world can I keep up with who you are becoming?

I love you, precious girl. I love every single thing about you. I love the never-ceasing talking. I love that sweet singing. I love the bazillion questions…even the ones I've answered 100 times.

I love you when you're like this.

And I love you when you're like this.


Mommy (AKA Mom)


Christina said...

Oh sweet M!! Happy birthday, you big three year old!! Natalie, I am thinking of celebrating this milestone with my girl in a little over a month...and I can imagine exactly how you're feeling!

Kyla said...

Three!! Wow. Kappy birthday, M!

Allyson said...

Wow!!! 3 years old - so amazing and what a priceless moment talking to the goat. I still remember rushing to the hospital that night to meet sweet M! I could hardly wait - how perfect she is and what a great mother you are!

Arizaphale said...

Happy Birthday little M!!! And remember Natalie, you didn't miss any of it. It has become a part of you.

Maggie said...

Happy Birthday to M! What a beautiful little girl she is becoming!

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday M!

It is just oh so amazing and scary how they have become so old so quickly. I'm afraid I'm going to blink my eyes and Zoe will be 6 and Ana will take her spot as 3 years old. Time just flies away.

I actually had a friend remind me that we were in kindergarten together 30 years ago. 30 years ago. I refuse to accept that as true.