Three.

Three.  Three.  Three.

A girl who is turning three needs three birthday celebrations, right?  School, home, and birthday party.  School was yesterday, birthday today, and party in a week.

She’s wonderful and amazing.  I don’t write often enough about her.  She talks non-stop, except when put on the spot.  Then she clams up and sometimes puts her hands over her face to “hide”.  She directs, asks questions, comforts, imagines, and protests.  She loves to play the new games she got at Christmas, and is quite adept at Uno Moo, can kick mommy and daddy’s asses at memory, and is scared of the “Raisin” (raven) in Orchard.

She can read.  Whole sentences, even some books.  She adores the kid recipe book I got for her, and we’ve already made a few of the recipes several times.  Quesadillas are a new hit, not because I’ve never given her one before, but because she gets to assemble them.  And assist in flipping.  She’s requested “green spaghetti” for her birthday meal.  And some more chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting and sprinkles, thankyouverymuch.

She smiles for the camera – her face screwed up and grin larger than life.  She actually smiles when I give her something silly to say.  She dresses up.  She dresses me up.  She eats a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast nearly every day.  Her favorite food is whatever is in front of her at the time.  She’s told anyone who will listen that I’m making her a pink castle cake for her party (let’s hope I can pull it off!).

She loves playing outdoors.  Climbing rocks, tripping along a trail, and looking at the fallen leaves.  She’d play until she fell over with exhaustion.  She knows the rules, mostly follows them, and notices if you don’t.  She has an incredible memory, and still refers to hurting her finger a year ago, to our trip to Disneyland in August, and numerous other occasions that have etched themselves in her mind.

She is potty-trained, but still demands company on most bathroom trips.  She sleeps in a lowered twin bed with oodles of princesses and assorted stuffed animals, and the two minky blankets she’s had since the day she was born.  As soon as we leave the room at night, she turns up her lamp and reads.  Sometimes for an hour or more.  She’s been talking about her birthday for at least 2 months.  She loves her daddy and can’t wait for him to come home from work each day.

She picks at her fingernails.  She dawdles.  She sits with her legs in a W, despite our efforts.  She loves her ballet class, animals, books, and Cinderella.  She’s taller than the maximum height “suggestions” for 3T clothes, but weighs less than the minimum weight.  Her hair is long, with curls that come and go.  I can’t bear to cut it – she says nearly daily that she’s going to “get it cut long like Rapunzel.”  Her eyes are a color that doesn’t have name – not blue, not brown, not green, not grey.  She likes to wear headbands.

She loves chocolate, tomatoes, carrots, raspberries, blackberries, and shredded cheese.  She loves to help.  With anything but putting her toys away.

It went too fast, these three years.  And it’s only speeding up.  I hope I can remember to pause, take it all in, and play until I fall over from exhaustion.

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~ by Larisa on January 7, 2011.

10 Responses to “Three.”

  1. Happy Birthday Baby Hope!!!

  2. Happiest of birthdays BabyHope!
    You are adorable and adored.

  3. I remember the day she was born like it was only last year. How did the other two years go so quickly? Happy birthday sweet girl! It’s been a joy to see her grow!

  4. Gorgeous post. Like Lindsey, I remember her birth day like it was yesterday. Happy birthday!

    xoxo

  5. I love this! Happiest of birthdays to your little sweetie!

  6. Happy three years to your little sweetheart xoxo

  7. Happy birthday! Don’t you love the little person that she is? Amazing and perfect and you just can’t get enough of her.

  8. How is it they can grow up so fast when it’s only been a blink or two in our eyes? Happy third birthday to your darling girl!

  9. Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Hope! I hope it is everything you dream and then some 🙂

  10. Happy third birthday, such an amazing little girl!

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