She’s three, up until yesterday the past few days were hard for me. I think about her days as an itty bitty baby, only needing me, and her days now, totally independent and growing. All she does is grow; it’s expected, but never accepted. Everyday is filled with new phrases, new expressions, acts of kindness, and so much love from this one. She’s really a dream kid.

The night of the 11th, I spent baking a cake, hanging garland, and stretching a bunch of balloons as Peter blew them up. We opened the box that held a wooden train set, something she has been asking for since Christmas, and set it up together in our living room. In the wee hours of the morning, we both quietly snuck into her dimly lit room and dumped a tub full of balloons on her floor. She stirred in her sleep a few times, which sent us running and giggling into the hallway like two little kids. It felt like Christmas. No, it felt way better than Christmas. 

The morning of her birthday my alarm woke me up a half an hour before her usual wake up time. It would give us just enough time to set up the camera on the tripod to record her reaction, to open up the curtains, and sip some coffee in quiet as we waited. We were finished with our routine within minutes. Her normal wake up time came and went, and we still continued to sit and talk. Another thirty minutes came and went, and we snacked and still continued to talk. Every five minutes Peter would tippy toe to her room to see if she was about to wake up. We wanted her reaction to be authentic and her own, and if we woke her up we knew it wouldn’t be the same. So, we continued to sit and wait. Every time we would hear her stir in her bed a little, we would jump up and press record. After a minute she would dose back off. Blissfully unaware of her parent’s excitement.  Eventually, we decided we would give our sleeping girl just a tiny bit of help in the waking department. We turned on all the lights in the house, including her bedroom light. She stirred a bit, and we were sure this did the trick. We stood beside her bedroom out of site, and quietly giggling some more. We heard her jump out of her bed and she started to mutter in confusion:

“what’s dis?”
“a balloon?”
Mommy, balloons in my room!!”
As she said the last sentence, Peter and I stood in the doorway, cameras in hand, and huge smiles plastered across our faces. River was bent down, examining a blue balloon. 
Three, with every “Mommy, are you happy?!” “Mommy, I VERY happy!” I know that you will be the best year yet. Happy birthday my sweet River.

0 thoughts on “Three

  • Reply Lucy Oyenubi January 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    This is just too sweet! Xx

  • Reply Akshara Vivekananthan January 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful. I can feel the excitement expressed in your words! Happy Belated Birthday, River!

  • Reply Kayla January 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    So adorable!!! Such a sweet story 🙂

  • Reply Nanette Gonzalez January 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    this made me tear. my daughter is turning three in june and it just kills me. wishing river the sweetest year ever. 🙂

  • Reply Michelle January 14, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Beautifully written, LaTonya. Happy Birthday, River Mae1

  • Reply Aspen Renee January 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Awww her reaction sounds so sweet and priceless. Hope the rest of the day was happily sweet as well. xo

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette January 15, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Thank you Lucy

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette January 15, 2014 at 12:15 am

    That means a lot and I will tell her! thank you!

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette January 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    awe, thanks Kayla!

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette January 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Thank you Nanette! It's such a hard turning point, but 3 is amazing so far. Happy early birthday to your girl!

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette January 15, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette January 15, 2014 at 12:17 am

    It was amazing!

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