Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Three and a Half

I'm still living in the sick house right now.  It's awful.  But I decided that three blog posts about my sick kids would be ridiculous.  So, onto other business...

Since we are past the half way mark of that ever so lovely age three, I feel like a bit of an expert.  And while I was being a bit snarky with the "ever so lovely" part, there is actually a lot of truth to that.  Age three has been rather delightful, at least overall.  I love the conversation skills, the developing athletic abilities, the independence... all of it!  Lately I've been sharing fun little tid bits about Liam on Instagram, but really I need to get back to posting them here on the blog since this is my journal of sorts.  I could gush about Liam all day, because he continues to be the sweetest most loving boy.  He's gentle and kind.  He's completely impressionable right now, and so far has seemed to only have picked up Conor & I's better qualities and quirks.  He's also this wonderfully amazing big brother!  He sounds practically perfect huh?


Except he is still three, and there have been rough patches.  Two to be exact.  At least so far...  The first one hit only a couple months after turning three.  Liam picked up the art of back talking & not listening.  Then he coupled that with some shoving & pushing of his friends, which was so completely out of character for him.  We would often have little stare offs with each other as he blatantly ignored my directions or requests.  It was a real rough time for us all, and it lasted a good 4-6 weeks.  I wondered where my sweet boy went and how on earth I was going to parent this new fiesty thing.  Yet just as quickly as this phase hit, it left.  Sweet sweet Liam came back to us and was his delightful self once again.  


We've been enjoying this delightful Liam for months!  And then just a week or two ago, I saw another bad stretch coming.  It started in slow with just a bit of limited listening.  I'd have to tell him the same things repeatedly.  But bam! a few days later, I realized we were in full threenager status.  He doesn't seem to care what I have to say at all.  Most of the time he chooses not to hear me, but even when he does, it doesn't change his response.  He's convinced he can do all things for himself.  He also thinks he can say " I don't like how you are talking to me" (yep I say that all the time) when he really just doesn't like what I am saying.  He also happens to be in a growth spurt (growing pains make for rough nights) and has decided that everything was meant to be climbed on.  I often find him standing on the top of our counters reaching for plates & glasses.  He has yet to fall, or break anything, so I've let that one slide.  But seriously, no surface in my home is clean of his feet.  He doesn't lack confidence and is convinced that he can do everything for himself.  He's found a new love for scissors... luckily no injuries have been had yet.  I'm hopeful that this particular rough patch won't last nearly as long.  I'd really love calm, gentle Liam back.


I'm in the thick of it right now, but three really isn't all too bad.  I almost wish I could just keep him at this age right now.  He's still so little and snuggly.  Thinking about having a four year old is mind blowing.  That sounds like serious big kid status.  And I'm not nearly old enough to have a big kid.  

16 comments :

  1. This provided some encouragement lol. G will be 3 in April and she was has been an awesome 2 year old. Everyone keeps telling me to just brace myself for age 3. It's bound to be bad. I'd like to stay optimistic. She definitely has my strong willed personality but I feel like we do a good job at channeling it in a positive way (i.e. leadership vs bossy). We've been so blessed so far. Fingers crossed that it continues for us both ;)

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  2. We are just about at 3.5 and I'm loving this age too. There are definitely some struggles with who is in charge but overall really, it's been a fun and awesome age!

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  3. three has hit our house hard too, and it started before she even turned three. most of the time she's good, but when she's not, oh boy, look out. tantrum city. hopefully it passes soon! Im sure though, mitch will have his work cut out for him in a family of us 3 girls!

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  4. Oh threenager stage, I hear this is the worst and the best time.

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  5. Ohh the things we have to look forward to! He is so dang cute!!!! Hope you all feel better soon.

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  6. Your pictures are so beautiful! We go through rough patches that last that long too and then we are onto the next phase. I've always heard three is way harder than two and I'm really hoping that's not the case. I'm glad to hear you love age three and it isn't too bad :)

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  7. Oh man, rough patches are legit. The little girl I nanny is 3 and she has had some pretty serious growing pains at night that wake her up. :( Anyway, I hope this bit will pass soon and he'll be back to his sweet self soon!

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  8. 3 was always a frustrating age with my older kids, but 3 1/2 was the turning point. That being said, 4 is easier!!! Love the pictures. They just scream little boy!!!!

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  9. Aria has been in a threenager lull lately so I'm all yay three is okay! But man the threenager highs can be a total beast. So much sass, so much stubbornness. I just keep saying this too shall pass, but I don't really want time to speed up at all. It is already much too quick.

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  10. So 3.5 was when Kinsey made a strange turn for threenager-dome and it lasted a year. A Y-E-A-R of ups and downs. Bless you! Once youre out of it breathing becomes easier again and then youre on to the next adventure!

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  11. I ran into a friend today who has a son Noah's age, and we were just saying that 3 isn't as bad as we had heard. Loving the new found communication and the independence part can be great except when we are in a rush. I've experienced the lack of listening and sometimes thinks talking back is funny. I also sometimes forget he's still little when he has a meltdown from being tired and just is illogical. Glad to hear it's all normal behavior, even for our usually gentle boys! And don't even get me started on how I'm dreading them turning 4 and being a big kid!!!

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  12. I can't even wrap my head around the 4 year old thing. Total craziness. Also, I'm in the sick house too and about to LOSE my mind. And my sweet and loving Arden likes to tell me "you're not being nice to me" when I tell her something she doesn't want to hear. Lastly--love these pictures! No fear! ;)

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  13. Goodness he really does have no fear! Which would give me GREAT fear! Three has been good to us so far though, like you said, new found independence proves to be challenging sometimes when he thinks he can do everything on his own. But also like you said this age is so fun and I am not at all ready to have a four year old!

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  14. We have quite the threenager in our house! Although I love three because the communication is so much better and they can be so independent I also hate the back talk and tantrums, but they are fewer and farther between these days.

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  15. aww 4 does seem like big kid status. i'm sorry about the rough patches, hope he gets through this one fast! he really does seem like the sweetest kid.

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  16. My three-year old is a holy terror. I'm so over three. Yours seems pretty nice though...can I send mine to live with you for a while? ;)

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