When Shep turned three, I was slightly terrified. Everyone had told me that three was when all sh*t hit the fan. And while that is still true, I’ve come to see there’s a lot to look forward to with three.
The first sign that three wouldn’t be so bad was that his space themed birthday party was the best birthday he’d had — finally not screaming during the birthday song and he ended the day on “Mommy, that was the best birthday ever!”
Shep is now about 3 1/2 and so far, I’d say what people say about three has been true. He has a strong sense of what he likes and doesn’t like. He often doesn’t want to do exactly what I ask him. He’s messy and demanding and will do everything not to give in to what we want.
But through that typical 3-year-old behavior, my son has become a little person who loves others so deeply. He has deeper friendships, asks us questions like “Daddy, how was work?” Takes pride in helping around the house, and will actually sit and watch a movie with us. He’s starting to have clearly defined hobbies and skills, and can generally be reasoned with.
I may go so far as to say 3 has been my favorite age yet.
If you have a child who is on the brink of three, here are things you can look forward to, along with all those other typical 3-year-old behaviors:
- They may become officially potty-trained. Say goodbye to expensive and disgusting diapers! You may not even need a diaper bag when you head out of the house because there’s not much more to carry that your own purse can’t fit. While it’s common for 3-year-olds to have good and bad days with potty-training, your diaper-free days are near.
- They will really love Disney World. We waited until after 3 to take Shep (yes, I know, we had to pay for a ticket), BUT I felt like he got so much from the experience. He recognized so many characters, was able to ride almost all the rides, and understood what a special family trip it was. Beau probably just had three awesome days with lots of food, colors and music (which is great too!) Clint and I told each other that we’re gonna wait until all of our kids are three before going back again.
- They start having more clearly defined talents. Before 3, they enjoyed activities because it was something new and stimulated their senses. Now, I find that Shep requests certain activities (like swimming and soccer) and tells me he doesn’t like others (music). It’s helpful to understand his strengths rather that guessing and trying things that end up being bombs.
- They become a little more adventurous with food. I felt like Shep lived off of macaroni & cheese and bananas when he was 2. Now, he will finally try vegetables and generally eats more normal food, which is nice.
- They love being leaders or helpers. This could be my favorite part of this age. He takes pride in helping his brother (holding his hand) or placing his own plate in the sink.
- They can hold conversations. Okay, I take it back. This is my favorite. Shep can hold full-fledged conversations and give reasons and explanations for the most complex topics. Sometimes he weaves in stories from his imagination (which are hilarious), but watching him chat with family members on the phone always leaves me laughing hysterically.
So friends, if you have a 3-year-old, let’s embrace this wonderful, crazy age together. What has been your favorite toddler/preschooler age?
Thanks to Pinkblush for these two extra special dresses which make me feel like I can tackle anything my threenager brings my way (first dress pictures this sweater dress. Shep decided he did NOT want to be in the second picture, so hence, here’s the selfie of me with my favorite fall floral dress, smiling because I’m heading out on a date without my sweet threenager (#keepingitreal!) For mamas looking for affordable and pretty clothes, don’t forget PinkBlush has maternity AND nonmaternity clothes!
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