Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Upside of Threeness

Well. I haven't exactly kept it a secret that three has been hard on all of us.  I know I am not the only parent to find this age challenging, as I have often heard three described as "two with intent."  And I would add persistence, and frustration, and sass to that mix as well.  But I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the wonder of three; its thrilling moments and delightful reprieves from the challenging parts.

What is awesome about three?

1.  She still produces adorable mispronunciations like "breppast" for breakfast and "cuptainer" for container.

2.  She has an excellent grasp of language but sometimes can't quite recall a word, so she ballparks it.  She recently asked me, "Are you cereal?" when I told her something she found to be rather outrageous.

3.  Naps are hit or miss, but when we take one together in the big bed and she finally stops wiggling... bliss!

4.  Her attempts at sneakiness are completely transparent.

5.  She tells me she loves me to the moon and back "a frillion frillion times."


 
6.  She still wants to help and takes great pride in being given a job to do.

7.  When she is comfortable, she has no filter, resulting in some hilarious and outrageous statements.  She recently told a visiting guest that he could use "her" bathroom as long as he was only going pee.  Bathroom habits currently top her list of interesting topics of conversation.

8.  She hasn't quite grasped the art of secret-keeping, surprises, or unexpected hiding spots while playing hide and seek.

9.  Her giggles still contain the high notes of babyhood.

10.  Her independence is blossoming but she still needs her mama more often than not.

 
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15 comments:

  1. If you think 3 is a kick, just wait til you hit 4. Sigh : )

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    1. Oh great, now I'm scared. :)

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  2. I always felt the half-ages (is that a term?) where worse than the birthdays. Is she 3 1/2 perhaps? She's a doll no matter what.

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    1. Yep, 3 1/2, but the roller coaster ride started right after her third birthday. I'm hoping things settle down a bit as we head down the stretch to 4.

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    2. I was going to say the same thing, and I don't think we're alone: http://planningwithkids.com/2009/11/17/characteristics-of-three-and-a-half-year-old-behavior/

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  3. Thanks for the break from the Valentines day theme. I appreciate it.

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    1. Any time. I'm all for breaking the rules! :)

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  4. I found with all of mine that 3 was the hardest age. We seemed to breeze right through the non-existent terrible 2's. I guess they were just storing up energy!

    I also appreciate the break from love-festing :)

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    1. Oh yes, that must be it. They were storing up their energy for the thunderous threes!

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  5. Three is hard and adorable all at the same time. My three is about to be four and I see her littleness slipping away. It's a little bittersweet. Great list!

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    1. Four does seem so BIG in comparison. Bittersweet is definitely the word when it comes to our kids growing up!

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  6. Yep. You are making me miss 3 now. And when he was three I was always complaining about it. Lilah is so so so adorable!

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  7. Sarah only recently stopped saying pinnow for pillow and I thought it was adorable. Love it. Great list about three.

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  8. You read my mind! I have a similar yet totally different post written on the back of an envelope because seriously, Theo makes me laugh hysterically every day. I actually really love three. It's not easy but I see why they call 3 & 4 The Magic Years.

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