three years old.

by Janetha on August 21, 2017

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dear fox,

three whole years have gone by since the day you were born. i can’t even believe it. you have been so excited to tell everyone that you are THREE! you hold three of your cute, chubby fingers up and exclaim, "hey guys, i’m three now!" it is pretty exciting. you wanted a pinata for your birthday, and really didn’t ask for anything else. so a pinata you had, and some cake and ice cream with some of your favorite folks.

you, my friend, are the sweetest and smartest guy around. you are constantly teaching me to be a kinder human (while simultaneously teaching me to be a more patient human-ha!) you really are a tender soul, and i am grateful to have your sensitive influence in our family.

you love very fiercely. you are quick to tell people and things how much you love them. you love to give hugs and kisses. you have great manners. you always, always say "thank you". please is usually there 75% of the time. you are great at saying sorry, too.. you usually greet me after work with a, "sorry you had to go to work, mom." it’s pretty dang cute. you are very into saying goodbye, waving, and exclaiming, "see ya next time!" to whoever – or wherever – we are leaving. "see ya next time, lagoon!", "see ya next time, swimmin’ pool!"

you can count to fifteen, sometimes you can get up to eighteen. you can sing your ABCs. you love reading books or having them read to you. some of your books you read to us, you have them down pat. you love talking about shapes and colors. you will spot shapes out and about, and especially love to point out crescents and diamonds. you retain so much, you are like a tiny sponge, just soaking it all in and figuring things out.

you are very artistic and musical. i can always catch you singing a tune to yourself. you pick up on songs quickly, and sing them often. you always ask for us to play certain songs, and when a new one is on, you ask, "what’s this one called?" you also love to draw and paint. you can write your name, or your own version of it.. and it actually does resemble "FOX" more than you’d expect!

you still have a few remnants of your baby-hood hanging out there, like your nap and your B. you take a nap each day, usually for close to two hours. you are still in your crib, too. you have skipped this nap maybe once or twice in all your life.. and you do not fare well without it. but as long as you get that little snooze in, you are good. you wake up early, still.. usually between 6 and 7 in the morning. you like to stay up until 8 or 9, but sometimes we can get you to sleep in the 7 o’clock hour. i am sure that will change come wintertime.. it’s just so nice to stay up until the sun goes down. and, yes, you still use your B for naps and night. but that is going away… we told you that once you go to school, you can’t have B anymore. you tell me all the time, "mom, when i go to school, B is going away." so i hope that you can handle it well, when the time actually comes.

you surprisingly don’t eat a whole lot of food. for how big you are, i would think you’d eat more. (yes, you are big.. you fit in lots of 4T clothes already!) breakfast is usually a yogurt or a string cheese, and sometimes a bite or two of toast or a bagel. but really, you don’t eat much in the morning. lunch time is hit and miss, you’ll usually eat some fruit along with one your favorite things, which include a grilled cheese "sammich" or mac and cheese. we can usually get you to eat whatever we are having for dinner, at least a few bites. hands down your favorite place to eat out is chickfila, you love chicken nuggets and the fruit cup. oh, and the dunk dunk. you have to dunk the majority of your food into something. you are also a big fan of hot dogs and pizza. one of these days you will come around to vegetables…

you talk. nonstop. all the time. you have so much to say. always. nana sue says that’s how i was as a toddler.. so i suppose you get that from me. you are very observant. you tell me exactly what is going on, and hours – days – even weeks later, you will tell me what happened on a certain occasion. you are still telling me about a green balloon that flew away last december. you speak very well, and you are not shy about giving us a piece of your mind. you like to try to bargain with us… and we bargain right back. you definitely don’t miss a beat. paw is teaching you some spanish. you always have an "hola" to greet him, and an "hasta luego!" when you are saying your goodbyes. you are very tidy, you love to get things out.. but not as much as you love to put them back. you are very concerned about putting things back where they go. if something is out of place, you have a mini-meltdown until we get it back. i suppose that is a bit of OCD from me, as well.

you love to work. gardening and cleaning and mowing the lawn and doing the dishes or laundry.. you are always there to lend a helping hand. you always want to do whatever your dad is working on. you also love to help with your little sister. stella ADORES you, and you love her right back. nobody can make her laugh quite like you can. and you are always singing to her, giving her hugs, or telling her how much you love her and/or miss her (if it is first thing in the morning, you will say, "stewwwwah! i missed you last night!" the best. i think watching you care for her is my very favorite thing in the world. i hope you always love her as much as you do right now.

sometimes you get frustrated, which comes with the territory of being three. your brain is growing and learning so quickly, but sometimes life is just too much for you to comprehend.. and you will act out. your favorite ways to do so are to smack or shout.. but you are working on folding your arms and stomping your feet when you are upset. i know you are trying your best, and that’s all i can really expect of you. you are quick to say sorry, which is good… but sometimes you will go right back to being naughty, ha! we will roll with the punches, and keep working on keeping you in line.

you are potty trained! it took about ten days of really buckling down with things, and now you are awesome at it. you loooove to wash your hands afterward, part of your love of being tidy, so sometimes i wonder if you try to go potty JUST so you can wash your hands again. it’s one of your favorite past times…

you also really love swimming (you took lessons over the summer), riding your scooter, cuddling with cozy cozy blankets, playing baseball or soccer in the backyard, visiting nana and paw, going to any and every park, and baking cookies. you have so much PASSION. about everything. you are always excited. you are always ready for an adventure. you are so much fun to hang out with!! you have the rosiest cheeks, the greatest smile, the cutest button nose, and the most expressive eyebrows. you make my momma heart burst over and over, all the time, always amazing me at how clever you really are. you are growing up too fast, right before my very eyes. i am excited to see you learn and grow… but i am also in denial that it’s happening so quickly.

fox, i love you to the moon and back, times infinity plus eleven.. you are truly my very best guy.

love, your momma

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