My awesome, wonderful, adorable daughter has gone from an amazing toddler to a fast-talking, testing everyone and everything, total… threenager. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not sassing me, out of control, or an outright (to use a Baby Sideburns word) a-hole. It’s just that, she’s become a big girl seemingly overnight. She’s a smart girl and her verbal and physical skills sometimes belie her age.
And, ok sure, she’s a know-it-all occasionally. For example, she corrects me when I offer her peanuts: “They’re cashews, mom.” Or when her Dad and I are talking and she interrupts us, saying, “No. Dad. I’m trying to talk to my mom.” Additionally, I get a lot of indignant and outraged “I want-” usually followed by a request for some kind of frozen treat (fruit, popsicles, ice cream) or a show on the iPad. I’ll catch her “just shopping” in the iTunes store, browsing and previewing Dora or Paw Patrol, and it’s all I can do not to laugh in disbelief.
But who am I kidding? She’s a joy to be around. She’s articulate, thoughtful, curious, compassionate and a great conversationalist. And she’s still- at 3 years and a few months- right by my side most days. So far this summer she has been my travel buddy for trips to: New Haven, CT; Montreal; Misquamicut, RI; Stonington, CT; Vermont Academy, VT; San Francisco & Oakland, including a boat trip around the SF Bay and a wedding in the Joaquin Miller park in Oakland; and of course- yesterday we took a ferry to Nantucket!
I can not complain.
Watching O grow has been an amazing joy and a blessed journey.
In the Fall she will start preschool at a Farm. She will get to milk cows; feed pigs; collect eggs from the chickens; brush horses and goats; shear sheep; and, she will experience all kinds of elements in nature. She’s going to thrive and I’m thrilled for her.
My threenager is also going to be a big sister come January!
We were at the doctor getting my ultrasound and O told the midwife, “We’re thinking my mommy has a baby in her belly.” So far she has suggested Sophia or Flapper as names for the baby. She’s expressed curiosity and eagerness about having a baby sister or brother “for Christmas” as she says, and I think she will adjust to all the changes coming like a true champ.
Until then, we can cherish these Summer adventures.
I know I will savor this time together with you O. You’re awesome and amazing and I love you, O!