Something horrible is happening today.
Really, really horrible.
My iddly biddly squishee bebeh is turning ((gasps with horror)) THREE YEARS OLD!!
Sweet Jesus, I’m old.
Seriously, when did I give her permission to go from a squishy little infant to a full-grown toddler?! I don’t remember signing that memo, dammit!
In celebration of her birthday, I thought I would write down my three favorite things about my little Bee (and it goes without saying that choosing just three is going to be difficult!)
#1: You make us so proud!
Whether it is strangers stopping us to tell you how beautiful you are or your ridiculous intelligence for your age, Daddy and I couldn’t be prouder of our little girl! Every day you surprise us with how smart you are. You even make Mommy feel dumb sometimes. But in a good way! I can’t wait until you start school in the Fall, mostly because you are so very excited to learn (you already have your “purse” packed with your necessities, which apparently include a small coloring book and some plastic nuts and bolts. Don’t ask; I have NO idea what you think you’ll need them for!).
#2: You are absolutely hilarious.
I always knew you were funny, but the other day, when you and I were playing “cards” and you turned to me and said, “I win! IN YOUR FACE!!” I knew you had The Gift! It’s a daily struggle for me to discipline you without cracking up laughing at the awesome and hilarious things you say.
Just this last week at Grandma’s house, your Daddy taught you to substitute the word “Fun” for “Guns” in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Song (“Come inside, there are GUNS inside” is what he sang). You sang it over and over again to get laughs and when Mommy told you that it wasn’t appropriate, your response was, “But Mommy, it makes people laugh!”
How can I argue with that? You definitely are my daughter!!
#3: How much love you have for others.
Sometimes I worry that I smother you too much with kisses and my incessant “I love yooooooou”s, but it must be rubbing off because whenever we cuddle together, you always snuggle your face in to mine and say “Mommy, I love you.” When you express your love unprovoked, my heart does cartwheels!
I’ve never seen a kid love her friends and family like you do. I don’t think you could possibly love your BFF more; it’s kind of ridiculous how often you give her hugs and kisses and snuggle up to her! And she loves you right back! All of your family loves you to the moon and your favorite activity is playing with your grandparents, Hooey, Duder and your cousins. But who can’t blame you? They are full of The Awesome!
I am in complete denial that you are turning three today; I want to ignore your growth so that you’ll always be my little snuggle bug. But no matter how old you are, you will always be my Baby Bee, my little girl. You and your soon-to-be little brother have my heart forever, no matter how old (and sometimes belligerent) you get!
Song title: These Three Things by Type O Negative