Yesterday my baby girl turned three. All day I wanted to do a blog post all about her but when it came down to it I instead chose to spend the day 100% with her, not on the blog. But after my girl went to bed this mama can not help but take the long walk down memory lane. How is it my girl is already three.
Abigail. Oh my girl. Three years ago on December 4th I arrived at the hospital, big, pregnant and way over due for your arrival. I arrived due to a migraine, not labor, but as we worked out fluids for the migraine my contractions decided to start and there we went on the long road to your arrival.
You made your entrance at 12:35 am on December 5th, also your uncle's 34th birthday. With your first cries you changed our life forever.
Your arrival made your daddy and I parents for the very first time. What lessons you were going to teach us.
Together we made it through that first year. You taught us about food sensitivities, sleepless nights, baby proofing, laughing, giggling, and finding simple joy in every day.
As we ventured into year two you grew and stretched us even more. Soon we were learning about running, talking, potty training, interactive play and a little girl who wasn't a baby anymore but a toddler.
You taught us that even though you need our help each day you were strongly independent and we needed to start to trust you to do and find things on your own. The lesson of learning to let go, even in the itty bitty things, is a much harder lesson for a parent to learn than the lesson of giving up one's self to do things for a baby!!
And just like that we blinked and we lost another year. Amazing. Our house was soon full of a two year old and as I look back at this past year I can not believe how you have changed.
Oh you still make me laugh every single day but now it isn't just from funny things you do but also from the funny things you say. I love, just love, the way your mind works. You are always thinking, processing, and putting things together. Most recent favorite quote from the other day when I was vacuuming the house and I stopped when you stooped to pick up an old raisin I fished out from under the couch.
Me: Abigail, what are you doing, don't eat that.
Abigail: Oh, it is ok Mama it isn't poop, it is just a raisin.
Abigail, in this past year not only have you grown and forged on ahead but you are also now bringing with you your brother. Oh how you love him and how he drives you nuts all at the same time. You two go from hugging to bickering in the same five minutes but how thankful I am that you have each other. You have showing me how wonderful it is to have two kids and how your brother's life makes yours richer.
You have traveled, explored, seen new things, and as a mama I find great joy in showing you the world. Just recently I took you to the theater for the first time to see a live play. You went last week and volunteered your time with daddy at the food bank where you helped others in need. As we introduce you to the world I love to see you embrace it and find your place in it.
You are now three. You have officially left the toddler years behind. Oh my baby girl, you are a preschooler. The alphabet, arts and cracks, numbers, coloring, dancing, and life imitation play has become your world. Everyday you want to help, help, help. Oh yes, I do see chore charts in our near future. I love that at this age that will be a joy, not yet an obligation.
The past three years have been amazing my dear Abigail but just as each day has been special I know the days to come in this upcoming year are going to be amazing.
We are buckled in and in for this great road with an unknown destination. You are leading us on my dear, remember try not to give us all your big tests at once and we will come out of this on top, together we can do anything.