Three Years Old

Dear Tad,

You’ve come a long way from this:

to this:

I’m sorry that your third birthday is going to be spent in a Spica cast. For the record, this was not my idea. But we will do all we can to make this birthday a fun one, because I’m not sure how much you will remember of it. We’ll have a party this weekend (because your hands are totally capable of opening presents, cast or no cast), and I promise that once you are out of the cast in just a little over three weeks, we will go do something fun that involves water.

I love you dearly and have no idea how you’ve gotten so big so soon. You’ve come a long way this year – when you turned two, you had maybe ten words that you said (with the occasional strange phrase popping out). Today, you have well over a hundred words and are starting to put them together into broken sentences. You fell/slid out of the chair in the living room on Sunday – you intended to slide off, but landed rather harder than you’d meant to, and then fell flat backwards, your casted leg sticking straight into the air. When your Daddy and I started toward you, you calmly stated, “Fall. Okay!!” and waved us off.

I can hardly imagine where you will be a year from now, with a school year under your belt and hopefully more words than I can count. I hope that you are calling me “Mommy” a year from now, instead of “a hug.” Which, I suppose, isn’t a bad thing to be called, but I’d still like to hear “Mommy” from you.

Although during the night, when you wake up, keep calling for Daddy. That, I don’t mind at all.

And, in a year, I really don’t want you to be in a cast. If we could not break any more bones for a VERY long while, that would be great. This “breaking bones every summer” thing has GOT to stop.

In the meantime, I know you’re frustrated. But that’s no reason to take it out on me.

You are still Mommy’s little boy (and a handsome one, too), and I love you so very much. Happy 3rd Birthday, Tad!


6 Responses to “Three Years Old”

  1. Secha
    August 12th, 2008 03:53

    It is a big day today!! Happy Birthday, Tad! Hopefully the cast won’t dampen his day too greatly today. =)

  2. Ressis
    August 12th, 2008 06:08

    Happy Birthday Tad! Lots of love and prayers from your Texas kin.

  3. Aimee
    August 12th, 2008 09:17


  4. linda
    August 12th, 2008 10:42

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Handsome!
    hugs from all of us

  5. Matthew
    August 15th, 2008 07:50

    Swee’Pea and TheMonk send their birthday wishes!

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