Tuesday, September 8, 2015

3 years....Oh My!!


Happy 3rd Birthday my sweet girl!! Where oh where has the time gone? My itty bitty baby is now my big girl. Full of life. Curious. Adventurous. Expressive. Smart. Beautiful. Loving. Complete with a little bit of attitude. (Apparently very typical for a 3 year old). You have grown and changed so much in the last year. You now weigh 36lbs and are 38" tall. You are starting to wear 4T clothes now, and we just purchased size 9 shoes for you. And boy has your speech and vocabulary blossomed! Last year you could barley speak a complete sentence and now it is non stop talk talk talk. And some of the things you come up with, hilarious! Mommy and Daddy have had to clean up their language a bit since you are a little parrot, repeating everything you hear. Even 'Oh my God' doesn't sound appropriate coming out of the mouth of a child. Haha oops. Despite our parenting mishaps, you have grown into a wonderful little girl and we could not be more proud of you. 

last year and today

showing me you are now 3!!

This past year has been a fun one; settling in to our new house and discovering our new neighborhood, taking a few trips, and of course becoming a family of four. I would say welcoming Norah into our family has been the biggest and most exciting change over the last year. You are a great big sister, always wanting to hold and kiss Norah. You already can't wait for her to be big enough to play with. 

family of four! and harley!!

one of my favorites of you girls

holding baby sister

You also got a cousin...Jack!! 
back when he was just itty bitty

One of your biggest accomplishments this past year: potty training! You are officially day time and nap time potty trained. You still wear a diaper at night, which I am sure will continue for a while, but you are 100% diaper free during the day which is awesome!
doing a little light reading on the potty

You also got a bed upgrade: no more crib, just a big girl bed now! You love it! Unfortunately, not enough to nap in. Just like I predicted, right before Norah was born you started to try and drop your nap. Not ideal. I was really hoping to get both of you girls to nap at the same time every day. l know now that I was dreaming. So instead of nap time we try for a "quiet time". You get to stay in your room and play or sleep for an hour or so, and hopefully Mommy can get a few things done. 
relaxing in bed with Harley

A few other firsts this year: first hair cut!
at home hair cuts take practice, we promise to do better next time haha

First trip to the dentist! You have now seen the dentist twice and passed with flying colors both times. You got to take your picture with the bird, Flossy, too. 

when did you grow up?!

First movie!
Inside Out!

We went on a few fun trips this year. To Hawaii and California (you have now been to 18 states):

in California with your cousins

And the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 

silly girl

These are a few of your favorite things....

TV: Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Bubble Guppies. 
Movies: All cartoons. The last one you watched was 101 Dalmatians. 
Food: You still love the Pumpkin Cranberry Apple packs, as well as any sort of sweet treat: cake, ice cream, etc. Somewhere along the way we managed to give you a sweet tooth. But in general you aren't too picky when it comes to food. You will eat almost any fruit, meat, and some veggies. It could be worse. 
delicious watermelon

Best Stuffed Friends: Hippo, Giraffe, and Sea Otter
got all your friends lined up!

Best Real Friends: Teagan, Bryce, cousin Jack, and of course Mommy, Daddy and Norah.
hugs for Teagan
enjoying snacks on your birthday park date

Best Furry Friend: Harley (of course)

Favorite activity: Gymnastics and Swimming. Music and Dancing. 

Favorite toy: playing kitchen, babies, DR, building blocks, and of course dancing. You got a microphone this year so I am sure there are plenty of dance parties in our future!
and dress up!!
I have a video of you singing with your new mic but it wouldn't upload. bummer!

Here are some other fun pictures from the year........
silly girl picking out our Christmas tree

NOT thrilled about meeting Santa

helping shovel snow!

gonna have a sister!!

too cool for Easter

FROZEN on ice!!

silly hat day

the circus!!

silly girl day :)
 haha pretty sure this is one of my favorite pictures from the year...the time you tried out ALL the lipstick samples at Ulta. You said you liked every color. Love it :)

To celebrate your 3rd birthday we decided to book something away from the house: no set up, no clean up, just fun. We chose MyGym, a children's place with all sorts of gymnastics type stuff to do. Unfortunately I waited too long to figure it out so we had to book something on labor day weekend (less than ideal). Even though not a lot of people were able to go it was so much fun! I am pretty sure the adults had as much fun as the kids. And a surprise guest showed up: Olaf!! You were thrilled and had a great time dancing with him. It was an awesome birthday party. Thanks to everyone who came!!

the one thing you wouldn't do. Bryce sure loved it!

weee! we are all kids at heart

Uncle Jim looks more excited for Olaf than you! haha


dancing with Olaf!

you girls loved him!

Norah joined in on the fun too!

Sofia and Charlotte cake!

happy 3rd birthday!!
opening presents at home

your first barbie!

It has been incredible watching you grow and change over the past three years. I am still amazed every single day that while you are your own unique person, you are half Mom and half Dad. You grew in my belly for 9 months, wow. Being your Mommy is one of my greatest joys in life. I love being able to spend every single day with you, I wouldn't trade it for the world. You are an extraordinary little girl. You have brought so much joy and laughter into our lives (more than we ever thought possible). You are perfect, exactly as you are. We love you more than you will ever know. Forever and ever.

Goodbye TWO.....Hello THREE!!!
watch out, here I come!
my beautiful girl. not so little anymore

Happy 3rd Birthday Charlotte!

Mommy & Daddy

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