BB is three!

 You are three? How can that be? This means I have been a mum for 3 years! I can't believe how fast that time has flown, but at the same time it is almost impossible to remember what my life was like before you came.

A snapshot of you right now.

Just after eating Birthday Cake!

Physically: You still have your longish blondish curlyish hair, and in the last year you have really slimmed down to be more boy like and less baby like. You weigh about 16kg and are 96 cm tall. 

Your favourite colour is blue.

Your favourite foods are mango, pomegranate, sausages, and fruit corner yoghurts.

Your have discovered you first ever favourite song, Bruno Mars, Locked out of Heaven, and like to play it over and over. You call it "da da da".

You just learnt to swim on your own with arm bands, and got your ducklings 1 badge at swimming lessons.

You also went back to Tumble Tots after a little break and love that again too.

Your best friends are Noah, who you have been at nursery with for almost two years, and Lily who you have been swimming with since you were babies. You also still love Gracie from Australia, even though you've not seen her in person for a year. We Skype and you send gifts and pictures to each other.

You had a little time where you didn't enjoy nursery, turns out some kids were hitting you and pushing you. Once you told me, I stopped you going on the day they were there and sent you only when Noah was there and the bullies were not, and now you love it again. 

You start pre-school in September. Wow! I think you might like it as when we went to look around you didn't want to leave. 

You have an incredible vocabulary. Even I wonder where you get it from. You use many long descriptive words in perfect context which surprises many people.

You LOVE trains. Oh how much you love trains. You have train sets, remote control train, talking trains. You role play trains, by yourself if you have to, but whenever possible you bring other people in to your game. Often, but not always, you are the driver. We go to the train station to drop off and collect people and we stand around watching trains. We wait by train lines and wave. The other day a driver even beeped his horn at you. You also like watching videos of other peoples trains on YouTube! That is a bit nerdy. The Accidents Happen videos like this one appeal to you most, and you have just started setting up your own accident scenes. 

You love investigating how things work. Especially wheels and levers. You like watching trucks unload skips and you love watching the bin men and the rubbish truck.

You still sleep in my bed. I love it when you wake up and smile at me, and when you sleepily nestle in next to me and say "cuddle me".

You still breastfeed too- first thing in the morning, after breakfast and a bed time.

You still wear nappies, though you are generally dry at night, you just haven't mastered the potty or loo yet and are worried about doing a wee on the floor. I think you'll get there soon with that one. You do take yourself into the bathroom to practice now.

Your favourite TV shows at the moment are Abney and Teal, Bing, Boj and The Lingo Show

You also love anything about the sea, you like sea books, pictures of sea creatures, we recently went to the aquarium in London. The penguins were your favourite thing on the day. 

You love exploring new places. We have a little game where we are always looking for new playgrounds. We look out for then wherever we go. There are so many. You like climbing, balancing, and jumping. You are also happy to sit in a swing with me pushing you for ages. Some "round and round" things really appeal to you too. 

You have a scooter and a balance bike, both of which you are still learning to master, but you like them both a lot. 

Your favourite author is Julia Donaldson, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom and Giant in Town are your favourites. I think it's from these books that you have learned a love of rhyme and rhythm. You now make your own language that follows these rules. 

You ask some difficult questions that I sometimes can't answer, and surprise me with your insight. For example the other day we saw a van you didn't recognise and asked me what it was - it was a library van. I explained that in villages, like where Mama and Chaps live, there is no library so a mobile one comes to the village. "Huh??" You said, incredulously "how can the books stay on the shelves when the driver goes around a corner ?" We will check out a library van one day and see. 

You love singing, though you call it songing, and frequently make your own songs, often about trains. When your made up song is finished, you often ask "do you know that one?" 

You are a joker too. You like to do silly things, like if I ask you to put your shorts on you might put them on your head and say " is this right? " , or you will go upside down and then look at me and say "what are you doing upside down mummy? "

You have always liked to get out and about - this hasn't changed. Your first question after booby every morning is "Where are we going today?"

You don't want to grow big. You have noticed that you are getting bigger. When you sit on the booby chair sideways your legs no longer fit. "Why am I getting bigger?" you ask. I talk to you again about how kids grow. You don't like it. You have mentioned it many times that you don't want to get bigger. You don't like it when people tell you you are a big boy, or that you are getting a big boy, or talk to you about when you will be a big boy. "But, I want to be little" you say, because you like being with me and big boys go without their mummy, and because you like booby, and because you don't want to go to school or do wees in the toilet. Though I feel a little sad that you already have worries about the future, I love that your love your life so much right now. It's a good lesson to me to be in the present moment with you. Thank you.

Thank you too for spending another year with me. I feel so lucky, you have taught me a lot already and you are brilliant company.

"Team Work" 
(that's what you say when you hold up cups together, like when grown ups say cheers! I think you got it from Bob the Builder).

Here are some photos from the last year.

A selfie - taken on a punt in Cambridge - July 2013

I think Auntie Katie put this flower in your hair
August 2013

Being the "Shop Man" - you love to have a veggie or
Ice cream shop in the play house
September 2013

Another selfie with Mummy - it was a lovely sunny day and the leaves were falling.
We both rolled in the crunchy leaves leaves that day
October 2013

On Holiday in Wales in November 2013

Lunch with Mummy, just before Christmas 2013

One of Mummy's very best friends got sick and you got your
Dr Kit out to make her better - Jan 2014

In the dinosaur suit that Auntie Katie sent you from
"The Bodia" (Cambodia) Feb 2014

In the Daffodils at Mama and Chaps' House - I like this one
because I think you look like me when I was little
March 2014

You liked sitting on this Tractor outside the supermarket.
We never did put money in, as you get scared when
they move - April 2014

Helping me photograph stuff to sell on ebay - this is
the old Chicken food bin - May 2014

Dancing with Lily at Sophia's Birthday Party.
You LOVE Lily - June 2014

Playing in the sand pit at Church Farm - July 2014

And here are a few from your party

Playing in the garden

The Cake - Made by Mum and decorated by Dad

More Cakes - this time by Auntie Helen

Singing Happy Birthday to You

You and Lily

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.

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