Monday, February 3, 2014

Three Years, Two Months, One Week, and Five Days.

Henry at 3.

This is Henry right now. A couple months past the three year mark, and it feels like sometimes he's going on thirteen. This is such a fun age- and it's still hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that he's a little boy, and not so much a little baby these days. Henry, in one word, is spirited. He has the most energy of any little boy I know, but at the same time is able to sit and play with his trains or read books for hours. He's the best of both worlds; wild and jumping off the couch and laughing so loudly, but in a flash he's cuddled up next to me asking for hugs and telling me how much he loves everyone. At times I feel like it's hard to express the joy he brings to me. Parenting is such a universal experience, and I think we all get it; we share this common feeling of how weird it is to grow this child inside your body, birth this child or maybe adopt them, and then watch them get bigger and bigger. It's the strangest, coolest, most amazing thing in the world, and having this front row seat to it all blows my mind on the daily.

Henry at 3.
Henry at 3.

I don't think a day goes by that Hank and I don't meet eyes over Henry's head with a surprised look on our faces, wondering how he learned this or that. Kids really do say the darnedest things, and at three years old it's pure comedy, all of the time. And then of course are the tantrums, which for Henry never really came during those "terrible twos" that really weren't so terrible at all, at least for us. Now that he's three he's really starting to push boundaries a little more, and like me is very emotional. Some days are tough, most days are great, but like Hank and I say all the time, "when it's good it's good...but when it's bad it's bad!" So true with most kids this age though, I think.

I always remind myself that just as Henry is learning to be a "big boy," I am learning to be a Mom, and like any learning process, it's not always easy. This age, right now, is full of so much goodness though. I always smile to myself knowing that this season of our lives is one I will forever cherish as my favorite. Because really, what's more beautiful than being able to watch your children grow?

Some things I never want to forget: "ganks" instead of thanks, the hilarious craziness when we miss bedtime, the sweet moments between brothers and the "I love you, Charlie," we get to hear so often. That chipped tooth and the way his smile makes everyone around him smile. Arms reaching around my neck and the "mmm" sound he makes while hugging so tight. Circle toast and 'gurt, "can I have a snack please" and "...or something." Teddy dinosaur, Mama Elephant, Duckie, and the rotating toys in and out of his bed every night. And of course the way he looks up at his Daddy and the intense love he has for all the people in his little world.

There's so much more and I could go on forever. But I'll leave it at this- I feel immeasurably lucky to be this boy's mama. It's hard and easy and beautiful and amazing all rolled into one, and like I always say, I can't wait to see what's next.

13 comments:

  1. I absolutely love reading these posts of yours. You have a very beautiful and sweet family

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  2. Henry is a gorgeous child! All thanks to you :)

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  3. It will be so nice for Henry to look back at those posts in 10-20 years time to discover what he was like when he was 3 years old. I think your blog strikes an excellent balance between a personal journal which at the same time remains sensitive and respectful towards the privacy of your children.

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  4. I don't know Henry, but just looking at his photos, especially the 2nd one, puts a great big grin on my face..
    Ah boys, they are amazing little creatures.

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  5. Henry sounds like a wonderful little boy.
    I love the way you write about him. I am sure everyone can feel the love you have for him while reading this. This wonderful little boy sure has a wonderful mama.

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  6. Such a beautiful post about Henry :) It's really cool how 10-20 years from now, you'll be able to look back and remember all the little things about your children :) Such great memories being made on this little space.

    Jessica
    www.littlemapleleaf.blogspot.com

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  7. I loved reading this! I've been reading your blog since about 4 years ago and seeing your posts about raising boys has made me even more excited to be a mom, and especially to a little guy. (I'm due in May and we're having a boy).

    Danielle L

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  8. Precious, precious boy. This is a beautiful snapshot of his life right now. :)

    The Rambling Fangirl

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  9. This is so sweet :) I hope he can read this one day

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  10. Love this! I'm excited to start the motherhood journey someday! Hopefully sooner than later! Could you write a blog post on how you deal with tantrums?

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  11. YES, YES! Cannot believe the things they say/do. Our little James is about to turn 2 the day before Valentine's day, and he is just blowing us away with stuff he's learning/saying. Apparently rain is actually "bubbles", and whenever we stop at a red light or brake slowly in the car, he has to say, "Oooh, darn it".

    & The universal parenting thing = so true. Love hearing about your babes, and your journey with Hank as parents. Isn't it all so fun/humbling!? :)

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  12. I really needed to read something like this today especially since Georgie just smashed a bowl of raspberries on our new couch. Thanks Danielle.

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  13. This was such a beautiful read. I know nothing about having children, as I am fairly young myself, but this just opened up my eyes to a whole new side of parenting, and I am glad you did. This made me so much more excited to have a child of my own one day (in the future, of course).

    Henry is such a beautiful young boy, I would be terribly blessed if I were in your shoes. :)

    Jes | Naturally Jes

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