Now she is three

Talitha turned three last week. My baby is three years old. I am the mother of a three-year-old. Three years ago, I held her for the first time. I can’t quite get my head around any of this. It’s both exciting and a bit daunting.

So much change is happening, as always is with small children. Her reasoning powers are rapidly developing. I’m taken aback by her growing capacity for conflict resolution. Even the pictures she’s drawing and games she’s playing are suddenly more complex. I’m stunned by it. I’m drinking her in, this little girl, not a baby anymore.

In fact, really not a baby anymore. She’s walking much longer distances now and has fully taken on her big sister role, even trying to comfort Ophelia when she cries. She’s insisting on knowing what every word we come across, whether in a book or on a sign, is. She memorises songs faster than I do. She wants to do so many things herself.

And yet she is still little, needing cuddles, coming into our bed after a nightmare, in so many ways asking that we remember that she still needs us to let her grow up at her own pace rather than push her or attempt to hold her back.

New mama fears come to mind. I hope I’m making the right choices for her, nurturing her confidence, not messing it all up too badly. I hope I’m striking the balance between being present with her and encouraging her to play independently. I hope I’m managing to share something of God’s love with her and to show her how very much I love her too. I hope I’m saying “yes” and “no” when they’re right. I even hope I’m not worrying too much, that she’s not picking up on my sometimes anxiety.

For her birthday, I took her to the zoo. We met up with Purplemum and her Super Girl, which was great fun. Each of her birthdays has been a bittersweet experience for me. I’ve taken her on an outing each time and each time my heart has exploded looking at her with gratefulness to have this little life in mine and a little bit of sadness that it’s going by so quickly.

Purplemum 2

Sling baby

Purplemum

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Sleeping


32 Comments

  1. June 16, 2014 / 10:07 am

    They do grow up so, so fast, so cherish every single moment. Mine is all of a sudden 15 and I remember as clear as day when he turned 3 and what we did.

    Happy birthday to your little one x
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  2. June 16, 2014 / 10:28 am

    Happy belated birthday! It is crazy how fast they grow, my oldest is 7 and I don’t know where the years have gone!

    Some beautiful photos looks like you all had a lovely time.

  3. June 16, 2014 / 11:25 am

    hope she had a great day! Three!! I remember my eldest turning three and it seemed crazy she could be three! {even crazier now that she could be eleven!} She’s so cute xx

  4. June 16, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    Ah happy birthday to Talitha! Looks like she’s really taken to that role of big sister – precious photographs šŸ™‚
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  5. June 16, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Love those photos. And happy Birthday to your 3 year old šŸ™‚

    • June 16, 2014 / 11:35 pm

      I know! Where has it all gone, Jane! I remember you commenting on my blog back when I was pregnant with her!

  6. 2 littlefaces
    June 17, 2014 / 8:35 am

    WOW the big 3!!! I know how you feel… 3!!! It really makes you stop and try to take in every moment of your little baby. Soon they will be off to uni and married and even having babies! Too much to think about šŸ˜€

  7. June 17, 2014 / 9:55 am

    Happy Birthday Talitha, glad she had a lovely day. I can’t believe how old they are getting, Cherry wasn’t 3 that long ago and yet she’s now closer to 4! It’s so scary x
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  8. June 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    What a beautiful little lady and she sounds just mike my youngest. Hope you all had a fantastic day x
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  9. June 17, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    It was a lovely day, and a pleasure to spend her birthday together. Talitha is a darling and she’s gonna be the best big sister.
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  10. June 17, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Happy third birthday to your sweet girl! Three for me is a scary age, as they are so impressionable! It sounds as though you’re doing an amazing job!
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  11. June 17, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    It is such a bittersweet thing, isn’t it? you want them to grow and thrive, but this means getting older. Know exactly what you mean. Beautiful post – and happy birthday T!

  12. June 18, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Happy birthday lovely T! For what’s its worth I think your doing a fantastic job! I also worry about the ‘am I saying yes and no at the right times’ xx
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  13. June 18, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Such a cuite, happy birthday Talitha! I know having a three year old is such a balance of independence and control. I do struggle at times but it sounds as though Talitha has really taken to being a great big sister. x
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  14. June 20, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Oh wow happy birthday Talitha! I bet she really love her day at the zoo. I totally know what you mean about all the change -it’s so rapid and a real roller coaster

    Laura x
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