This is 3

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Mommy, what did you do at work today while I was at school?"



These are the types of insightful questions brimming from my now-three-year-old.

We had a grand time yesterday, celebrating this little pistol, who spent the first portion of her party running around the yard yelling, "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!"

This girl is nonstop. She's curious, she's a little rough & tough, but manages to also be thoughtful and has a soft heart. She notices everything. Somehow she's girly but also not. She can 100 percent hold her own with the boys, but her favorite toys are purses and heels.

She loves collections, loves gathering pieces of things into containers, bags or bowls, and carrying them around to redistribute them. This morning it was the pieces to the new Frozen memory game in her purse; yesterday it was Molly's tiny bows she wanted to collect.

She still loves to sleep (when we can get her there). Once she's asleep, she sleeps hard (including naps). She would out-nap Molly six days out of seven. (I think they might even sleep the same number of hours in a 24-hour period.) She LOVES that sissy of hers too.

It's an understatement to say that music is her thing. I catch her almost studying songs when we're riding in the car, her lyric recall impressing us constantly. She loves "Paul" (McCartney, in any form), Feist, Sam Cooke, and songs from musicals (Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Music Man, Singin' in the Rain, Annie, etc.).

I love her.

I'm so proud of her. I can't believe she's a whole separate person sometimes (well, I can, she is asserting this fact to me daily). She is a joy. I'm not sad she's 3. I'm wistful, sure, but so excited to watch her grow up.

p.s. Two things I want to remember specifically: one, when I'm putting her to bed, she pulls me in close by the neck and says, "I'm gonna keeeeep you" (like from Frozen). Second, "A Whole New World" has always been our bath song, and ever since she's learned the words, she sings, "but when I'm way up here, it's Kristoff clear, that now I'm in a whole new world with you..." -- again, Kristoff from Frozen, and I can't bear to tell her it's "crystal." I hope she says "Kristoff clear" forever.

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