18 June 2011
Every night before bed – and every other chance I get – I ask you, "who are you?" And you tell me, "Mama's baby. And Daddy's boy." Just so you know, I plan on asking you that question as often as possible for the rest of your life, and I expect that same answer.
You are three today. THREE, Buddy. Sometimes Daddy and I are so wrapped up in getting you from one day to the next that we seem to forget those days are adding up to weeks and months and now – three years.
After your first year, I was certain the pace would slow down — surely babies can't always grow and change as much as they do in that first year, right? But I've been proven wrong. Twice now. I marveled at your second birthday and now — you are a brilliant, beautiful, impatient-as-all-get-out, loving little guy. A three year old.
Undoubtedly, you are the best thing I've ever done. But you are also my biggest challenge. I have to grow every day just to keep up with you. A little more patient. A little more compassionate. A little more brave. Every day I have to remind myself that life will never be perfect for you, and that I can't beat myself up over it. Being two was hard. I imagine being three won't be much easier. But being a Mama is about being a teacher and a cheerleader, not about being a shield. I won't always be able to keep your tears away, but I promise to be there with a hug and a kiss. I could even cry with you, if you want.
You are my super hero and my train conductor. My daily test of patience and a constantly moving target. You are my loyal helper and my cuddlebug. Mama's baby. Daddy's boy. You make us a family.
Happiest of happy birthdays to you, Buddy. Three is going to be the most fun yet. I can feel it.
We don't keep the "traditional" birthday traditions like parties and cakes and lots of toys, but we do have a few:
As you can see, Jeff and I have really updated our look in the last 3 years…
And of course, the birthday video. (a.k.a. An excuse for me to go back through old photos and spend hours of choked-up nostalgia piecing together a video that I will watch REPEATEDLY until it's time to work on next year's video. And even after that.) Enjoy.
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