Now you are three

Darling Sophie

Today you are three years old.  Those three years since you were born have passed by in the blink of an eye.  No longer a baby, no longer really a toddler – you are a little girl who likes to be as independent as possible.  “I can do it myself!” is a phrase I hear frequently – and you are determined to at least give it a try even if you sometimes do end up asking “can you help me, Mummy?”  I love your determination and your willingness to try.

Sophie sitting in a tree at the park with the text "Now you are three"

My little Sophie, I see so much of myself in you.  That feisty nature, that determination, that stubborn streak – these are all traits that come from me.  I am glad that you have them because I know that they will help you stand up for yourself although I hope that I will help you learn which battles are worth fighting and which battles are best to walk away from.  It’s not always been an easy lesson for me to learn but I hope that it will come more easily to you.

 

You have always had to share me with your big sister but since Jessica started school, you have been enjoying having one-to-one time with me.  At first, you missed your sister and seemed like a little lost lamb at times, but gradually you have adjusted.  It has been lovely to have that time with you, to discover your wonderful personality in a whole new way. There was so much that I didn’t really notice before and I have loved seeing you blossom and come into your own.  It has been lovely too to see how being separated has actually strengthened the bond between you and Jessica.  The joy on your face when we go to pick her up from school, the way you run to the classroom and call “Jekka!” and then give your sister the biggest hug when she appears.  Admittedly there are times when I’m not sure whether you are more excited about seeing Jessica or her best friends E and H but it’s still a beautiful moment!

 

You are such a loving little girl and love to give people big hugs.  I love the way that you will climb into my lap and grab my face so I am looking at you before you tell me “I love you much, Mummy!”  Every so often, you will stop playing and run over to me to squeeze my arm, or my leg, or give me a big hug.  You have the cheekiest little grin which you sometimes use to full effect when you are being a bit of a pickle and know that Mummy is getting a bit cross.  That little grin is so very hard to resist!  You also have the most wonderful giggle – hearing you laugh is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.

Sophie checking out which colour chalk to use on her chalkboard

You love doing jigsaws and can do a 54 piece jigsaw all by yourself.  You also managed to write the first two letters of your name the other day which I was very impressed by.  You love to draw – although not quite as much as Jessica does – and you are starting to draw faces now with eyes and a smiley mouth.  You love small world play and it is lovely to watch you with dollies or Playmobil figures and see the way that you use your imagination.

 

Darling Sophie, I hope you will always be full of smiles and giggles and fun – and yes that little streak of mischief too! You might be cheeky at times but you are always loveable and you have the ability to charm everyone around you and make them smile at you.  Keep that charm, keep that smile and keep that loveable personality and you will go far.  Happy birthday beautiful girl – I love you so very much.

 

Love you millions and billions

Mummy xxxxxxx

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28 thoughts on “Now you are three

  1. Emma T

    Sophie sounds like a delightful little girl with a great character. I’m stubborn too and you’re right, it can help give you confidence in things that are important. Hope she enjoyed her birthday #sharingthebloglove

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  2. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Happy birthday Sophie! 3 is such a special age I think – two has been lovely for us, but I still feel Max is very much a baby at times. 3 is on the cusp of being a real child rather than a toddler! Sophie seems like such a lovely little girl – I can very much relate to the determined streak – I have one too and I’ve definitely passed it to Max! Although it’s the cause of lots of frustration at the moment, I hope it’ll stand him in good stead in the future. Thanks for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thanks Katy – that determination streak can definitely be hard work at times but a good thing in the long run I think! 🙂

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  3. Laura - dear bear and beany

    She is so adorable Louise. Whenever I see your pictures on Instagram she has a little grin, that always makes me smile. She sounds like such a lovely little girl and you should feel proud. Happy birthday gorgeous girl. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thank you so much Laura – I do love that cheeky grin of hers. Always love seeing the photos of your girls too 🙂

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  4. Laura:Adventures with J

    Oh this is so beautiful as is your little girl! I am so impressed that she can do a 54 piece puzzle!! I love that she gets so excited to see her sister. This reminds me of my goddaughters, one who started school this year and her sister who is 2. They love and miss each other so much. #sharingthebloglove

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  5. Michelle G

    What a gorgeous post! So much emotion in it and the bit about how she tells you ‘I love you much’ was just beautiful – got a lump in my throat. Lovely pics as well #SharingTheBlogLove

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  6. Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson

    So often I feel that parents do not have that sort of perspective until their kids are older, but you are blessed to have insight in the moment that most do not. Hearing a little one tell you that she loves you and knowing that she understands what she is saying is beautiful like nothing else in this world. Thank you for sharing this post with us. #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thank you Mary – I’m realising how important it is to enjoy the little moments as my children get older – there’s definitely much more of an awareness that they don’t stay little for very long.

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  7. Jaki

    Three is such a wonderful age. The development is so great at this age and watching them do something different every day is brilliant. They become their own little people and their personalities shine through. Although as with all positives come negatives! We’ve had a threenager to deal with at the same time – defiance and testing the boundaries! I’m sure they are phases and in turn will pass – it just makes you appreciate the non defiant times a little more! I hope Sophie had a wonderful day. #sharingthebloglove

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thank you Jaki – yes the threenager moments are challenging but seeing their personalities shine through can be beautiful too 🙂

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  8. Siena Says

    What a lovely letter. I can imagine her reading it when she is much older. Siena turned 3 in June and I still can’t quite believe it. They are growing up so fast. And yes I hope that she continues to keep that streak of mischief x

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