One of my very favorite things about this age with Laney is how talkative she is. It is so fun to have conversations with her while she is sitting behind me in the car or while we are eating dinner together. I love to see how her little mind works and processes things. She loves to tell me about her friends at school and who did what that day. I love praying with her at night before bed and listening to her little whisper thanking God for all the things and people that she can think of at that moment.
Some of the things that Laney is up to as her sweet little three year old self.
Laney is such a player. Meaning she loves to go go go. She doesn't love to sit and do things that require stillness very much. She is not that interested in puzzles or coloring, but she loves activities that allow her to move around and be active. She loves pushing her grocery cart or stroller all over the house filling it up as she goes. She pushes them into the backyard and all over the place. She loves to go outside and will entertain herself for a long time out there just pushing things around.
She really loves singing. We are stuck on a Chubby Cubbies CD right now. It is this borderline crazy Christian CD that was given to us and she loves it. She hates when it is time to get out of the car because it means she has so stop listening to her "cubby cubbies." She loves singing lots of other songs too and sings them all the time. Lots of times I will hear her long after I have put her to bed singing songs to her babydolls in her room. Some of her favorites are: Jesus Loves Me, Old McDonalds, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, This Little Light of Mine, and Hush Little Baby Don't Say a Word.
She loves changing her babies' diapers. Every single day, I am picking up stacks of diapers that she has rolled up into "dirty diapers" We finally gave her a sack of diapers to use for her playing. They are some little ones that the boys grew out of. I can't believe they ever fit into ones that teeny. She is really into all kinds of pretend play with her babies. They get rocked to sleep, put down for naps, pushed in the swing. They get in trouble for not being sweet and for talking ugly. They have to go to timeout and say they are sorry. I can really tell how Laney thinks that I treat her by the way that she is treating her babydolls.
She pretend plays in other ways too. We have snack time for all of her friends on the living room floor on a nearly daily basis. She puts a tissue/wipe/whatever she can get her hands on down for each of her friends in a circle. She calls all of her classmates by name, passes out their imaginary snack and then sings the clean up song.
Laney loves to clean things with spray bottles full of water. She sprays things like ten million times until it is sopping wet and then dabs at it once or twice with a paper towel. "I cleaning!" she says pridefully. After some unfortunate incidents with her cleaning electronics, she is now only allowed to "clean" in the kitchen.
She LOVES running water. It probably is her absolute most favorite thing to play with in the whole world. She loves to sit on the counter in the bathroom or the kitchen and fill up cups with running water. She will do it forever!!! Probably hours if I let her. I was so excited when I found this toy online while birthday hunting for her. BUT it was sold out everywhere! I scoured the internet and finally found a brand new one on CraigsList for a great deal! YAY!!! And she loves it.
(Shout out to Pops for picking up this fabulous toy in Carrollton so that we didn't have to drive all the way out there. We love that Pops!!)
So those are many of the things my three year old likes to spend her time doing.
I don't want to forget what her sweet little three year old nature is like either. She is a funny one, our little Buggy Bug. She loves physical touch - it is probably one of her top love languages right now. She loves for me to hold her. She specifically wants me to hold her chest to chest for maximum closeness, rather than on my hip. She Luh-Huves kisses! She will sit and kiss her brothers over and over and over. She kisses everything.....her books, her carseat straps, her string cheese. Very silly, this one! She loves snuggling before bed and when I wake her up in the mornings, which I think is such a treat. She wants me to sit right next to her at her little table while she is eating and while she is watching her beloved Dora. With her brothers needing much of my attention, this doesn't happen nearly as often as she would like for it to, but she still makes the request and I hope that she doesn't stop.
As I have mentioned before, Laney is really hesitant to jump into big groups or new situations. She hangs back and stays really close to me for at least 15 or 20 minutes. Often times the more I try to get her to interact, the more reserved she is. I have learned to just give her that time to acclimate and usually she jumps in on her own. There are also times that she can't seem to shake that anxiety and she needs to stay pretty attached to me for an entire situation. I am trying not to push her, allowing her to be on her own timeline, and am so grateful that she feels safe with me and sees me as a refuge when she is feeling overwhelmed.
Laney has become a very polite little girl! I am so so glad. We have really worked on expecting this from her at all times. She now almost always asks questions starting with, "May I please....." What cracks me up is how she thinks that if she does that, she should get whatever she wants. "May I please have a zert???" (a dessert) First thing in the morning?!? Sorry, sweet girl. Thanks for asking so sweetly, but no! She is pretty good about saying please and thank you to other people too, but gets a little shy and it generally comes out in a quiet whisper. She is also becoming much better about sharing. This has been a long road, but I am sure that it is for most toddlers. She is learning how to take turns, and even initiates sharing toys and snacks with her friends and cousins at times. I love hearing her, with no prompting, ask sweetly for a turn with a toy, or hand a toy to a friend when they ask to play.
She really loves her Daddy. She asks for him a zillion times a day. If she gets hurt, she immediately starts asking for him and is she ever gets in trouble and I am getting on to her she wants Daddy desperately. I assure her that Daddy would be just as hard on her, but that doesn't make her want him any less. She also asks for him all day long randomly. She loves when he gets home and she loves playing with him so much.
I have said so many times what a great big sister Laney is, but I just can not say it enough. She has never once said a single negative thing about her brothers or acted ugly to them in any way. She loves them so much. She loves kissing them, laying on the floor with them, singing to them, sitting in between their bumbo seats with her arms around them watching Baby Einstein with them. Her newest favorite thing to do is climb in their cribs with them whenever they wake up from their naps. This makes me a little nervous, so it is a closely monitored activity.
Laney is such a determined little thing. This is one of my favorite aspects of her character. I love that she doesn't give up. No matter how hard the job is, if she starts it, she is probably going to see it through. Most of the time this involves something ridiculous, like dragging a riding toy all the way up to the top of the play structure at the park, or maneuvering her stroller meticulously through our maze of a garage. She just gets the job done. I love that and I can't wait to watch it develop over the years!
What a gift these three years (minus the three months that Laney was here on this Earth before we knew her....weird) have been to us. It boggles my mind to think of all the years of joy that we have in store for us with her. Being a parent is the best gig there is.
Like every year on Laney's birthday, we were very mindful of her birth mother. I can not imagine what this day holds for her, especially now having carried our boys and delivered them. We said prayers for Laney's Taiwanese mommy and Laney even thanked God for her
I am thrilled to be starting Laney's fourth year and can barely wait to see what it holds!