Your Daddy and I were discussing our earliest memories. Whether we remember anything of our childhood before we turned three.
Maybe a little, bits and pieces of days.
You are almost ready for three. To remember.
I wanted to give you one for the bank, from the year you were two.
Last weekend we drove up to your Nana and Papa’s cottage.
You were telling everyone to save their sleep for when we get there and your sister had to pee and your Daddy was talking in funny voices to make everyone not freak out.
Someone asked you to say your ABC’s and I honestly didn’t know what would happen next.
You never have a chance to finish a sentence, let alone the whole alphabet, without another voice jumping in to correct you or finish your words.
Maybe it was the sun setting or the lull after the last gas station sugar rush, but all was quiet as you began and still as you made it halfway through and hushed the rest of the way right to Z.
And then the van went crazy, Little Man. Your siblings tested the limits of carseats and seatbelts and Mommy and Daddy cheered and you clapped and yay-ed for yourself.
Your smile touched the corners of your eyes and filled the van and the road and my heart and the sunset.
When we pulled up at the cottage your sister ran to the house to announce your latest feat and you collected more cheers. More love.
When you were born, into a busy household full of everyone who needed me right. this. minute. I worried about being enough for you.
Being able to give you all of me when you needed me most.
And now, as you head towards three, ready to make memories to remember, I simply want you to know how you are loved.
Everyone loves you with a you would think we just announced we were going to Disney World the first time you said your ABC’s kind of love.
You have all of us my rainbow baby. You’ve had all of us from the moment you arrived.
From A to Z and back again.
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Marinica Kitsch says
Happy Birthday and more birthdays to come.
Happy three. I loved this.
But of course, I’m crying now.
Richard L. Hudson says
Happy birthday and god bless you.
Happy 3rd birthday little guy!! He is definitely surrounded by lots of love!
Happy birthday — and yay for the alphabet, that’s quite the accomplishment 🙂
So beautiful. And a very happy birthday to him!
Natalie @MamaTrack says
Yay! I’m cheering for him too!
Happy birthday, little man! You are so very, very loved.
Leslie @ The Bearded Iris says
This melted my heart, Jessica. There is something so magical about siblings celebrating each other’s accomplishments. The beautiful way you captured this for his “bank” will be a memory he’ll treasure forever.
What a beautiful story! The picture at the end is so sweet. Happy birthday to your little boy!!
Galit Breen says
Happy 3rd birthday to your little guy.
(This was beautiful, of course.)
This is so beautiful…my heart is always hovering over my littlest…you have captured it so perfectly here:) I hope you had a wonderful day and a magical celebration! Xo
Funny story for you…my 3 year old has such a hard time getting through the L M N O P part so he says h i j k may I have a P…
Kids are hilarious.
I hope that you tuck this memory away for her. I can’t recal much from those early days 🙂
Oh my gosh that is so cute, way to skip the hard part. My daughter used to say H-I love Daddy X Y Z we forgot all about it until we saw it on an old video the other day. And now that she’s older, it’s so her, trying to charm her way out of doing the work.
Jessica, I am always moved by your posts. This is no exception. What a beautiful memory you’ve captured and so sweet to see how much love exists within your family. Happy birthday to your adorable rainbow baby!
Three is a big deal and so is the alphabet! Happy Birthday to Sawyer 🙂
Beautiful Happy Birthday for Sawyer! He’s such a doll…he just made me smile all soccer season long.
Aww, thanks Elena, it is so nice to see our kids play together. Sawyer and Lanagan are quite a pair.
Gorgeous story…. very clever little one 🙂 xoxo
Life As Wife says
I can only imagine how great that felt for both of you!!
You are totally for him! For all your kiddos!
Gretchen from Lifenut says
Awww. Three. It’s such a special age. They are delightful, infuriating, and delightful again.
Three. Happy Birthday!!! So lovely my friend. xo
This is simply perfect. Love!
Beautiful, heart-melting, joy. Love the memory and the photo!
Oh my goodness…as if this post wasn’t beautiful enough, the picture brought tears to my eyes. Happy (almost) Birthday to your little man. 🙂
Alicia D says
so sweet!! 🙂
I love it. And I love how much love their is in your family–hoping mine can rise to the occasion as well.
I’m sure that they will Katy, boys are so sweet, when they aren’t wrestling each other.
Sometimes we forget how big a moment can be – how large a feeling can be.
“Your smile touched the corners of your eyes and filled the van and the road and my heart and the sunset.”
That sentence reminded me. I felt like I was traveling with your family. Beautifully done.
Corey Feldman says
That’s beautiful. What a wonderful moment
I’m cheering, too. Beautifully post. And so is that picture!
Megan (Best of Fates) says
Yay – that’s so exciting! And what a beautiful memory and post.
I hope you know that I am cheering too! That is awesome.
Heart melting…Happy Birthday little soy-soy
Beautiful post. I love that you captured this for his “bank.”
My rainbow baby will be three in September and captivates us all in so many ways.
Thank you for sharing.
Practical Parenting says
Oh my gosh…this is just beautiful. Tears. What else is new? xo