My baby is three years old today. There is something about turning three. Beside becoming temporarily bi-polar, turning three is stepping out of babyhood and into childhood. Although three-year-olds certainly still have some “baby” in them (and Sweet Pea certainly still has A LOT of baby in her with her thumb sucking, blankie holding, diaper self!), age 3 is the beginning of them finding their independence. There is such a remarkable difference in a newly turned 3-year-old and a newly turned 4-year-old, which is why age three is so demanding! A lot is going on in their little worlds.
Sweet Pea is still her sweet little smiley self most of the time, but she is definitely three!
From the time Sweet Pea was around 18 months until just a few months ago, the girls played so well together. We have now entered the phase of them not getting along all the time. Some days, I feel like a referee. The other day it dawned on me why this change!
Before turning three, Sweet Pea was at her sister’s beck and call. Whatever Little Bug wanted Sweet Pea to play or do, she did. Now that Sweet Pea is gaining independence and has opinions of her own, they fight.
Needless to say, we are working a lot around here about how to handle disagreements, how to be considerate and kind to one another and how to communicate with each other (instead of running to Mom as a tattletale)!
With a five- and three-year old in the house, our home is very lively! I still sometimes look at my girls and stare at them in disbelief that they are so old! How is my baby three years old and my firstborn in Kindergarten?!
I figured by the time Sweet Pea was three years old I would know for sure whether I felt like my family is complete or not.
Sweet Pea is three and I still don’t know.
I think I have decided that this is not something I have to ever decide! I just have to keep living my life, trusting God to grow my family in whatever way He desires, whenever He sees fit.
For now, He has blessed me with these two precious little girls and I want to be found faithful in the ways I am raising them.