35 Months

35 months ago today I was giving birth to a beautiful baby girl named Macy Kailyn.

Whew.

I told Macy that soon we would be getting on a big airplane to go to Mama & Papa’s and Cook-Cook & Buddy’s house to celebrate her birthday.  (We’re going back to the US in May for my bff’s wedding and Macy’s birthday so just happens to coincide with our time there).  She was VERY excited.  Since I’ve told Macy it is almost her birthday, we pretty much play “birthday party” for Macy every day with her kitchen set.  It involves me, Macy and Selah sitting on the floor in Macy’s room with tea cups, Macy pouring each of us tea – “it’s hot, Mommy!  Be careful!” – singing Happy Birthday, and then sharing her plastic cake.

I can’t believe she’s going to be 3.

I asked her what kind of cake she wanted.  “Minnie Mouse.  With polka dots.  Pink.”

Very specific.

At the almost age of 3, Macy has quite a bit of personality.  And energy.  And opinions.

She enjoys –

jumping in puddles

running fast

reading books – favorites right now include: Hattie and the Fox, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, You Can Do it, Sam!, The Cat in the Hat, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and anything Sandra Boynton

climbing up high – she’s moved all the stools we have in the house around so that she can climb up on them and reach everything…the light switches, Jeff’s gum on the dresser, her Dora lipgloss I hide up on a top shelf

doing puzzles – our home actually has a puzzle drawer

holding Selah – for about a second at a time

animals

singing, music & dancing – favorite songs include Joy to the World, It’s a Small World, Trading My Sorrows, Mighty to Save, Worthy of Affection (Shane & Shane)

spinning around and around

letters – she likes learning how to spell people’s names (including Mickey, Dora, Pluto…)

playing in the sand

Most days, she is awake by 7 or 7:30 and is ready to go.  Her favorite pajamas are these pink Minnie Mouse jammies that my mom brought her when Selah was born.  Many mornings, she wakes up and goes to find her pink Minnie Mouse shoes to coordinate.  She still naps for about 2 hours in the afternoon (she burns a LOT of energy throughout the day) and then wakes up around 3:30 again ready to play.  Bedtime is usually around 8-8:30.

One of my favorite parts of the day is after bathtime when we get to snuggle up on the couch and read books.  After I finish reading the first stack, she’ll say, “Mommy?  Two more?”  Most of the time, I give in.

She still sleeps with her baby (a stuffed giraffe) and her kitty.  (Sorry to James & Matt, I know how hard you worked on her loving Ernie.  He’s still in the toy box waiting for Selah to grow up a bit).  I have to thank my cousin-in-law, Brigitte, for this one.  When her daughter, Grace, was little, she had a lamby that she carried around with her and I saw how important it was to have a buddy for all the airplanes, bus rides, trains, subways, cars, hotel rooms, etc.  Our life is so transitional and the fact that we have a “lovey” to carry around with us makes it that much easier.

I love you, Macy girl.  Happy almost birthday to you.

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