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Number three is THREE

on December 11, 2009

Ah Talya.  It’s hard to believe that three years ago, you were this tiny squalling little thing…

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And now you’re this big squalling kid.  A kid with attitude (that you OBVIOUSLY get from your father), a kid with ideas, who marches to the beat of her very own drummer.  Your very own person.

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It’s amazing really, the difference between two and three.  Two is still lots of baby.  Lots of pudgy rolls, diapers, nursing, for you (til about 27 months), needing lots of mama cuddles.  Two was a lot of new things.  Peeing on the toilet, the banishment of diapers for day and nighttime.  Not sleeping with Mama and Daddy all the time.  Talking up a storm, and singing, all.  the.  time.

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You run everywhere. Climb everything. Play intricate games with the doll house dolls, and even make math manipulatives into people. Your imagination is so very very fun to watch.

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You are definitely a daddy’s girl.  When he gets home from work, regardless of what you’re doing, you tear to the door to throw yourself at him.  I don’t know if you have a special bond with him because he got to spend so much time at home during the first year of your life.  But there is definitely something special there.

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You like to do just what the big kids do, and you talk all the time about what you’re going to do when you’re ‘biggest like dem.’    When you’re ‘biggest’ you’ll ‘ride a bike too!  On da road, right mama?’  Among many other coveted things that the big kids get to do… scooping dog poo, unloading the dishwasher…

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You are and always have been a snuggler.  You like to read books with anyone who will read them to you, and you would still ride around in the sling all day if I would let you, I’m sure.


You also have a slight abhorrence to clothing of any sort.  You will quite often come up to me quite panicked, grab my arm and say, “MA-MA, I NEED to be NAked!!”


You love animals.  All animals.  You talk about them constantly, you have no fear around them… you lug poor Ollie around, and Kiwi (who you often announce is now named ‘Calina’) is your personal play toy/pillow.


You like to be around people so much that in the three years you’ve been around, you have slept through the night only a handful of times…  that is, until we put the double bed into Ephraim’s room.  You sleep really well as long as you’re with another person.  You will do well once you’re married!

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You are a joy.  You are generally happy and just love to be around your family and to be included in everything that everyone does.  You are three, and while you have lost most of your baby, I can still catch glimpses of it here and there.  You are the last baby in our house, the last one that I nursed, the last one to go through 9 months of torment with…

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You, Talya Maria Grace, are worth every second.

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One response to “Number three is THREE

  1. Angel says:

    Oh My Goodness she is SO big now!! What a sweetie… I cannot believe what a difference a year makes 🙂

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