Three years ago today, this little lady made me a mommy. The last three years have been nothing but pure joy, lots of laughs, small and big challenges, and so much love.
We had such a great day today. Phoebe’s Nana and Papa took her and her cousin Sara to Chuck E. Cheese in the morning, and in the evening all of her “friends” (aka my parents, grandpa, sister, aunts, and cousin) came over to celebrate with her. It was one of the first things she said this morning, “Yay! All of my friends are coming to my party today!!!”. Phoebe was thrilled to see so many presents waiting for her this morning and was so grateful, saying “Oh, thank you, thank you!!” after opening every gift and jumping up and down in excitement. At first, she thought Santa brought all of the presents for her! So cute. This birthday was so much fun and a different experience since she actually knew and understood what it was all about. I think I was just as happy and excited as she was!
Looking back at Phoebe when she turned two and comparing her to today, it is mind blowing just how much she’s learned, grown, and accomplished all in one short year. I watch videos from when she just turned two, and she seems like such a baby with her sweet little voice babbling short 2-3 word phrases. These days, she can tell me everything about anything. Her speech is remarkable. I can have full conversations with her. She responds so well to direct and more abstract types of questions, and every single day she says something new that always has me wondering where she could have possibly heard/learned that from!
The way Phoebe interacts with Eloise is so much more grown up, too. Most of the time, Phoebe will share her toys with Eloise and won’t get too upset if Eloise breaks something or ruins something Phoebe was playing with. Phoebe is very nurturing towards Eloise too, always calling her “baby Eloise” and making sure she’s behaving, playing with toys correctly, and following all the rules. I give Phoebe so much credit for being able to keep her cool when most kids would probably lose it over all the annoying things their little siblings do. She really has so much patience and understands why she needs to stay calm when Eloise gets in the way sometimes.
Phoebe is really holding on to being a baby. She still loves to have a bottle and pacifier, and yes I know, I deserve the worst parent of the year award for letting her have them, but it doesn’t bother anyone so why not? My grandma told me last year not to make her give these things up and that she is perfect the way she is, even if she still loves the bottle and paci, so I’m taking the advice and not forcing her to give them up. However, I would not mind if she gave up her diapers any time soon. That’s another story.
Eating is still something Phoebe is not very interested in. Meal times are not as stressful as they used to be, but it’s still like pulling teeth to get her to eat anything. I don’t know how she survives with how little she eats. Her current favorite foods are waffles with lots of maple syrup, pizza, nuggets and fries, toast, and of course chocolate. All the worst foods in the world. Luckily, she loves this juice that is packed with lots of vitamins.
Her favorite shows are still Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly, Daniel Tiger, Baby Einstein, Masha’s Spooky Stories, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Jungle Book, Sesame Street, and Teletubbies. She loves all the toy commercials too. This year, she actually knew what it meant to have a birthday coming up, so anytime she saw a toy commercial she would tell me that she wanted it for her birthday. The birthday toy list this year was- Hungry Hungry Hippos, Little Passports, Kinetic Sand, Barbies, a PJ Mask costume, and a mermaid tail and “boobie shells”.
Phoebe will be starting preschool in 5 months! She desperately wants to go so she can make new friends and ride a school bus. Ever since she was about 4-5 months old, she has been the most social baby, loving when little kids would interact with her and lighting up whenever she had the chance to play with anyone. I am so amazed at how outgoing and social she still is. When we go to the park or anywhere where there’s lots of kids, she has absolutely no fear about going up to anyone and asking them, “Did you want to play with me?!”. She is so confident in herself. her ability to communicate and roll with the big kids, and I love it. I hope she never loses that.
Everyone has told me that if you think the terrible twos are hard, just wait until you hit three years old. I must say, so far (and I realize we’re only one day in) she has been such a delight. We do have our hard days and she can be demanding of our attention at times, but overall her attitude, ability to understand and reason, and being able to keep calm when things don’t go her way have improved so much over the last couple months. I’m hoping and praying this trend continues!
I am so excited to keep watching her grow, learn, and turn into an even more intelligent, well-mannered, and happy little girl. As much as I hate to watch my babies turn into little kids, it’s so rewarding. Plus, Phoebe has told me several times that she’ll be my baby forever and ever. So, I’m holding her to that!