Three. You turned three on October third, your golden birthday!
I am delayed partly because of the fact that I broke my ankle the day you turned three and partly because I do not feel like I have the right words when it comes to describing you, my sweet girl!
You are simply amazing. So grown up for someone so young. Sometimes I feel like maybe you had to grow up quickly when Liam was born, but really I think it is just who you are.
At three years old, you weigh in at thirty pounds and measure 37 inches tall. You are now wearing size 3T clothes and a size 7 shoe. Mama still dresses you in smocked dresses and big bows. I'm hoping you'll allow that for at least a few more years!
Your hair is still as curly as ever and getting so long. It looks so cute in a ponytail! You had your first trim back in August. A small section of hair had grown longer than the rest so we just had it evened up.
This year wasn't a year of big milestones since you were already potty trained and had already moved to a big girl bed last year, but each day you learned new things and grew into more of a girl than a toddler.
You've known and recognized the alphabet since before you were two, but now you know nearly all of the letter sounds. You constantly ask what letter words start with. I simply give you the first sound and then you tell me which letter it begins with. Your vocabulary is amazing and you hold full conversations like a little adult!
You are very interested in telling time and always ask what time it is.
Your heart is so tender toward the things of God. You love to pray and will stop what you're doing to pray for someone who is sick. We saw someone in a wheelchair while visiting the Statue of Liberty and you started praying for them on the spot! I never want to forget how you begin each prayer with "Thank You, Dear Father..." You challenge me daily to have a closer walk with the Lord. Sunday School and Primary Church are your favorite. You especially love Miss Rosie's teaching and being in class with Duke and Kian. I love talking with you about what you learned each week. Your memory and grasp of the lessons always amazes me.
Speaking of church, you love your friends, both young and old, there. You look forward to Sundays and Wednesdays. Leilani, Kimberly and Samaya are several years older than you, but they love to play with you. On Sunday evenings, we chat with Mr. and Mrs. Burns, Ms. Ruth and Ms. Marilyn. The Guans babysit for us occasionally and you love being with Brother Mel, Ms. Barbara, Faith and Ethan. Brother Wayne is your favorite and you give him the biggest hugs!
You have a constant song in your heart. You sing pretty much nonstop.
From Bible songs to songs you make up about anything and everything, you are ALWAYS singing! I pray you never lose that.
Your baby brother is your biggest fan and you adore him as well. You are SO good with him and have been an especially great helper since mama fell. From bringing me his diaper when he needs changed to sharing your food and toys with him, you are the best big sister, ever! He looks for you as soon as he wakes each morning and loves to give you kisses, and you happily receive them!
You are my right hand. You still sit on the counter and help me cook each night asking, "What do we need next?" and happily helping with dinner preparations! You now set the table for our evening meal as well. You love to help me wash dishes and vacuum.
You don't watch much tv, but when we do your favorites are The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune (the letter game as you call it), The Berenstain Bears and Doc McStuffins. You still like to watch old Barney episodes on YouTube.
This year, you learned how to ride your tricycle, visited Daddy's home state of Michigan and became a big cousin again when Bayleigh was born. You love to hold her!
I wish I could bottle up who you are at three and keep you my sweet girl forever! You love to hold my hand and to "snuggle buggle" as we read books in mama's bed each night.
You are a great sleeper and still take a two hour nap in the afternoon.
You love to paint, do puzzles and play with your kitchen. I just recently introduced you to the game Hi Ho Cherry O and you love to play it with me! Your favorite colors are yellow and pink.
You soaked up every second of your birthday this year. You had a family party in Maryland which was Lyle the Crocodile themed since you love that book series and had a friend party in New Jersey which was art themed! On your actual birthday, we had Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, went shopping at Toys R Us with your birthday money, went to Jumpnasium (where mama broke her ankle) and then to Cracker Barrel (your favorite restaurant) for dinner! It was a wonderful week celebrating you, Goosey!
We are blessed beyond measure you call you our girl! We can't wait to see what the next year holds!