Our sweet baby girls are 3 ¼ today…39 months. I’m not really one of those [crazy?] mamas who is still counting her children’s age in weeks, I promise…but for some reason, this little milestone feels kind of momentous.
It occurred to me a few days ago how much has changed in the past three months.
I’m sure I could take almost any three-month slice and count the many changes, but it seems like their third birthday was just yesterday…yet our girls feel so different…so much older…so much more independent.
We took the baby gate down at home, technically giving the girls the run of the house. Of course "running" is not permitted…but it’s still been a huge change – largely a very positive one – for us as a family.
At least for small- to medium-size shopping trips, I’m [sorta-kinda] comfortable with the girls pushing the cart at the grocery store.
The girls and I have eaten out together – just the three of us – a couple of times now. The last time, in particular, was [relatively] relaxing!
With 90% accuracy, the girls know all their letters and numbers. They are also pretty proficient with recognizing the sounds that letters make.
The girls LOVE the magnetic drawing pads they got for their birthday. They can [sometimes] draw [somewhat] recognizable pictures. They both take spells at practicing writing their letters. Baby A can write 12 or 15 letters really well.
Both girls have suddenly become puzzle masters. They went from needing help to complete a 25-piece puzzle in January, to now being able to do a 60-piece puzzle by themselves!
And games are now a big part of our days. Memory and Candyland are the favorites. Baby A is really competitive, while B will sometimes take it or leave it. Mommy sure doesn’t mind being A’s gaming partner. She’ll actually give me a run for my money in Memory!
Baby A is JUMPING now…off the curb, on the curb, and hopping all around. Both A and B are really enjoying playing outside, and I’ve been able to give them more freedom to run in our [unfenced] side yard. They both love to try blowing bubbles, although B is the only one who’s had success at that.
We’ve taken a couple of playground trips, and I can see a big difference there, too, even from our New Year’s Eve visit. Both girls are so much more proficient with climbing, and Baby B seems to have conquered her fear of the slide (at least the smaller ones).
What an amazing difference just three months can make!
This mama is doing her best to savor it, and hanging on to enjoy the ride!