Adieu. Bye-bye. Adios. Cheerio. Ciao. Godspeed. Farewell. So long. Toodle-oo!
Sa·yo·nara threenager and hello four! Oh I am sooooooo happy to see you!
I love you with all my heart but I’d be lying if there weren’t a few times this past year I thought about dropping you off at the fire department and never looking back. I’m joking. Not really. Ok, yes, I really am joking. FU three and the hell you put me through.
What did I learn about year three? You talk. I mean you really really talk… a lot… and you NEVER stop. Things must be in order – everything has a place. Your Daddy and I lived in constant fear of tipping off a tantrum. You told naps to take a hike and there went my two hours of free time on the weekends. You do not possess patience and are a back seat driver. If I had a quarter for every time you told me to “Gooooooooo!!!!” when we were at a red light or “DRIVE FASTER MOMMY!!!!!!” I’d have your college tuition paid for. Your negotiation skills are beyond this world better than any lawyer I have witnessed on Law & Order. I have walked an extra 1,000,000 miles this year just from having to put you to bed 300 times each and every night because you just would not go the “F” to sleep.
You like to say “CHEESE!!!” with a goofy grin when I ask to take your photo.
Your favorite things to say: “Me first. No, me do it. No, I wanna do it. I crash you! That’s not nice. Be nice to me. Gimme hug. So delicious. Jeez child (I plead the fifth on where he learned this phrase) I don’t think so Mommy. What the heck?! Don’t shush me!”
A few of our favorite moments over this last year…
That time you fooled us into thinking you finally pooped in the potty
and you actually pooped on the floor and Daddy stepped in it.
We took a trip to the Austin Zoo. You had a great time until you went ape shit in the bathroom. Apparently zoo toilets are REALLY loud and it freaked your shit out.
Just look at that face. Need I say more?
Swim lessons with Lauren
Our Big Bend adventure with Nana and Pepaw
That time Nana and Pepaw surprised you at school for Grandparent’s Day
Mimi introduced you to Bevo
We took you to Barton Hill Farms to pick out a pumpkin
Your first face plant/road rash, courtesy of the school playground coming up to bite you
Your fascination with throwing rocks into the lake
Your big boy bed!
Train ride on the North Pole Flyer
Helping decorate the Christmas tree for the first time
Your first cruise
Cruise ships apparently make you quite the ladies man
Happy New Year!
You went to your first circus
You went on your first plane ride
You rode a pony for the first time and got your face painted
You dig the beach life
We became parents of the year when we took you to Monster Jam
That time you said f’in shit. I’m not sure what surprised me more, the fact that you said it or that you said it in the right context. Listen closely at about the 35 second mark.
You’re my favorite running buddy
Monster truck obsession
You were tough on Daddy and I. You made me weary and zapped all energy and patience out of me. You’ve made me a reality TV junkie because I no longer have the patience or attention span to enjoy any high quality entertainment.
However, despite the challenges of the threenager year, it was also a year of watching you become a little man. Witnessing the miracle of you becoming your own person, witnessing you tough it out and wage the war of your own emotions and how to handle them. Especially when neither of us was given a manual.
This was also the year you told me “Mommy you’re my best friend” and the year you introduced me to big squishy hugs and the European style of kissing. You know, one on each cheek.
And the best part of this past year?
You said… “I love you Mommy.” And that made it all worth it.