Today my little man turns 3!

I know most moms would probably be sad, and would reminisce about when their youngest was a newborn.  I’m going to be completely honest here; I’m excited my little guy is 3 now!  Of course I loved it when he was a newborn, and I loved him when he was a little toddler, but in all honesty, I prefer having kids who can communicate with me and who are a bit more self sufficient.  The baby phase wasn’t my favorite, and I’m secure enough in my “momhood” to admit this.

Why am I happy he’s 3?

I’m excited for him to be potty trained.  Yes we are going on a month of potty training, and yes, potty training is going much better.  I’m just ready for him to be able to walk into a bathroom and do his business alone!  (Of course I know I’ll be wiping his butt until he’s in Jr. High, but I’ll be glad when he can do the rest solo!!)

I’m excited for a summer with 2 kids who can actually manuver the park without me constantly following the toddler around.  We had a bit of a rough time after the son broke his leg awhile back, and I’m beyond excited for him to be a kid who can run free without me worrying so much.  The stress of a newly walking kid at a park is WAY too much for this momma to endure for another season.

I love how he still cuddles with me, and I much prefer this stage to the newborn baby cuddles. He doesn’t spit up on me anymore and I’m not his only food source.  (We can actually snack together now!)  Why would I be sad about this?!  He can even put on his own clothes, well minus his shirts, but I’ll take it, it’s a start!

If my memory serves me correctly, I’m not out of the woods yet!

Terrible 2s turn into the Terrible 3s pretty quickly.  It’s a sad truth, but it means we are closer to age 4.  Age 4 is a great age full of preschool and independence.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to rush him to grow up, but I’m going to embrace this third birthday head on and celebrate having a little kid now instead of a toddler.  He’s still a momma’s boy and that makes me even more comfortable with the year ahead.  Some days I feel time flew by from when he was an infant, but honestly, other days it feels like it has been longer than 3 years… I’ll embrace his growth.  We want our kids to grow up and become amazing human beings, right?

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Happy third birthday buddy!!  Life is so much better with you in it!