We are now three plus months into this whole three-nager thing, and it is tough! It has completely caught me off guard. I feel like we are on one emotional roller coaster. One minute I think that three must certainly be the best age ever. I'm watching Liam transition into this older boy who is funny & loving. Our conversations are deeper and more meaningful. We have these incredible moments together that I never want to end. I feel like there is no possible way that I could love him more!!!
And then that moment will quickly fade, and this new boy arrives. He is sassy. He has an attitude. And he is completely unreasonable. Liam has gotten smarter and can talk his way out of things...or at least try. He can bargain. And he could not possibly care less about what I have to say. If I had to choose just one word that describes three, it would be impulsive. Always impulsive, all the time. And many of my questions are simply answered with "just because." That response is infuriating when I am trying to understand this little three year old of mine!
I feel like three has been a bigger shock to us because Liam was just the easiest baby & young toddler. You all have heard me describe him as so sweet & gentle. And of course, that is still who he really is. However, he is experimenting with all sorts of emotions & behaviors. He is unpredictable! I think what has been most difficult for me, is that I feel a bit of disconnect with him at times. The two of us are close, ridiculously close. I know him as well as I know myself, perhaps better. We have this crazy tight bond. We have always been in sync with one another. But there are days when I do not feel that way. When I do not understand him at all. Yet, I glimpses of memories from when I was three. I can remember the big emotions. I can remember crying so hard and furiously, but then not remembering why I was even upset to begin with. Three is tough for everyone. Tough for Mama & tough for the wee one!