As we Approach His Third Birthday

Next week our son will turn three. Already ‘three’ feels like such a big number. Because of this number our family life as we once knew it is slowly starting to change. We’re going to have to adapt to a new way of life now he’s one year older. He starts nursery a few months after his third birthday, he will be starting swimming lessons and we’ll no longer have seven days a week at our leisure, they’ll be incredibly structured. But to be honest that part of him growing older we’re looking forward to.

I’m going to write a separate post on my thoughts about him starting nursery because they range from the joyful to completely irrational. (Which you can read here)

His third birthday seems to have crept on us quickly. It feels like just yesterday we waved off friends and family from his second birthday, pondering how our little boy is growing up so quickly. But here we are a year later and for the past few months we’ve been chatting about his birthday and our plans for it quite regularly. Deciding what gifts he might like depending on his latest obsession, what party theme we’ll have and what we’ll be doing on the big day itself.

We’ve been talking in a way that’s been getting us excited about his birthday and the celebration of it, not realising that it is going to happen. He is turning three. He is getting older. He’s no longer the squishy child we bounce on our knees, because if we did that now it may hurt. He’s now a boisterous toddler, that is obsessed with trains, is scared of hand driers and will chat continuously throughout the day. I can’t believe what a difference three years makes to our children, when really it makes no difference to us as adults.

They say you should never wish the time away but I fear sometimes that’s exactly what I’m doing. That everything will be so much easier with every passing year and I can’t wait for each milestone. But once each milestone happens, a big part of me feels sad. That it all just confirms my little boy is growing up and one day many, many years from now he won’t see me the way he does now. We won’t be able to have snuggles every morning or he won’t run into our bedroom when he has a bad dream, because we’re his biggest comfort and protector and one day I won’t be able to watch him running around with his sister enjoying his childhood and loving that I’m watching, because mine and Mr F’s love is the only love he craves. One day that’ll change and every year we’re that little bit closer to the change that’ll be hardest to adapt to.

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Having children is a huge adaption that shakes up our lives in a way we could never imagine. But we welcome it and cherish it, because having children is the biggest blessing we could ever wish for. To adapt to him growing and no longer being our sweet, innocent little boy is something that I can’t welcome. It makes me sad to see it happening and brings a tear to my eye when I think about it too much.

He’s my first child and is the first of our two children to experience every milestone and change. This makes it equally more exciting and hard to accept. It is exciting that he has so many wonderful things ahead of him and as a family we have so much to look forward to with every year to come. But every year it proves how quickly time flies. That if we blink we will miss it. While it’s impossible to cherish every moment with children, each birthday is making me realise that we must make the most of these years with them because before we know it, it’s their birthday again.

Three may seem like a small number to most people, but it’s a huge number to us. I’m so proud of the little boy that he is and we’re all looking forward to celebrating his third birthday.

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16 Comments

  1. September 5, 2016 / 7:01 am

    Ah lovely my baby turned 3 a few months ago and it was such a big milestone – I feel like 2 they are still babies a little but 3 my girl seems so grown up! I have seen a massive change in her. Lovely post – birthdays are so bittersweet for us Mummys x #maternitymondays

    • firstooth
      September 5, 2016 / 8:13 am

      Yes I feel the same. They’re bordering between toddler and proper little children. The difference a year makes is crazy x

  2. September 5, 2016 / 8:05 am

    This is lovely. It resonates so much with me as my son is 3 in a couple of months and I’ve found myself in quite a reflective place lately. Time moves so fast when you’ve had children, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I want to stop time.
    Hope your little boy has a lovely 3rd birthday x #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      September 5, 2016 / 8:12 am

      Thank you, children really do seem to speed time up. I sometimes wish he was a tiny baby again even though that wasn’t an easy time at all x

  3. September 5, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Happy birthday to your little boy. I am sure that we will be fine in the nursery. Good luck for his big change. Mine is now 7 months old an you are so right when you say that time flies by! #lovelythings

  4. September 6, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Lovely post! My little girl is almost 9 months and I find myself thinking, oh I can’t wait for that ans for her to be that age! The truth is I really can wait! The time goes past so quickly! #bigpinklink

  5. September 6, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Oh I get this. You wish it to be easier then berate yourself for not appreciating the now. It’s so hard to strike a balance. I’m not sure I ever get it quite right!! Thanks for linking up with the #bigpinklink

  6. September 7, 2016 / 11:03 am

    It’s a world of difference between 2 and 3. My boy will be three next month and he has such a distinct personality, chats non-stop and bosses his big sister about. I’m really enjoying seeing his development but he certainly isn’t my little baby anymore 🙁
    #familyfun

  7. September 7, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Awww Lizzie you made me cry a little! My son is 14 months old and growins so fast. 3 seems like such a long way away but you are completely right, it’s such a BIG number. Thank you for linking up to #FamilyFun! Hope you can join us again next week x

  8. September 7, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Ah this is lovely, it really resonates with me at the minute. I have been left awake lately thinking about how much has changed in the two short years of my first borns life, how much she has changed and grown. I find myself stressed and worked up with the day to day of having two so small and then I feel bad for not making the most of every part and like you say wishing to get to milestones. When they do get to the milestones I have a twinge of sadness that they have grown a little more and are gaining more independence from me. Fact of life I know but still, it gets me. Thank you so much for linking with us at #Familyfun I hope you can come back again next week xx

  9. September 8, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I found the time between two and four went so quickly – enjoy it while it lasts! #marvmondays

  10. September 10, 2016 / 7:12 am

    I’m right there with you, Archie turns 3 soon and though he’s already at nursery, it’s still a huge milestone. I can’t believe how grown up he seems at only 2, he’s a proper human now! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  11. September 11, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Ahhh I feel the same with each birthday. I wrote about it in my post ‘Birthdays are Bittersweet’. Mine is 4 next month and some days I want to freeze time, other days it feels like time can’t go fast enough – it’s the eternal paradox of parenting – looking forward but being desperately aware of how fast they are changing. #bigpinklink.

  12. September 16, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Milestones are completely bittersweet aren’t they? I hope he is getting on well at nursery and enjoying his new routine. My son started school last week and that is very hard to let them go there. Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

  13. March 26, 2017 / 5:42 am

    I found three difficult with my first because he was no longer a baby but also not a big kid. He seemed to change over night. The terrible twos were over and welcome mr attitude.

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