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Jan 19, 2013 - 13 comments

Well my darling little boy, today we had your 3rd birthday party.  And is mommy ever tired..lol.  This year we had a Spiderman theme, and it was a fabulous day.

I always seem to start these journals by saying how much you have changed and grown.  You are a little boy now, with nothing left of baby in you.  Sometimes I tease you telling you that you are still my little baby, and you get so upset "no mommy, I'm NOT a baby...I'm a big boy".  And yes you are.

You are such a happy, thoughtful, gentle child.  I was so proud of you today (well, I'm always proud of you)..you played so nicely with your friends and for the most part, remembered your please and thank yous.  You let the other kids there play with your things with only minimal resistance.  You are such a good boy.

You love school.  I miss you so much during the day since I started back to work full time, but you seem to be so happy and doing so well.  The very best part of my day is picking you up and knowing that I now have a full evening with you before we head off to bed.  Ah bed..lol.  Still a struggle and you fight so hard against sleep.  I think your afraid you might miss something.  When you do sleep, your preference is still co sleeping.  You start out in your own bed, but usually wind up with me.  I'm ok with that and love snuggling with you.

You love books.  I'm so happy that you do.  You love to sit with me and read, and even after I've tucked you in, I will often find you an hour or so later, fast asleep, book open on your bed.  I hope that love of books stays with you.  Mommy has always loved to read and still does.  You love music - dancing, singing and also playing instruments.  

Favorite toys right now are: your costumes, your little people sets and now your big firehouse with all the figures.  Books and puzzles and anything Spider Man and of course Fire Trucks.  And of course your instruments.  You seem to particularly like your recorder and your harmonica. The little concerts you put on are so much fun.

I think the most common phrase out of your mouth right now is "I'll do it myself" or "I'll find it".  I'm so glad you like to try things, even when they are hard.  And I love your independent spirit, even when you challenge me.  

Currently you like to correct mommy and daddy.  A few days ago you put Daddy into time out!  And if we take a toy away from you for some reason, you will shake your little finger at us and say "Mommy, we don't snatch toys away from people"..lol.  Your right, how do we argue with that?

Oh Ryder, I just love you so very very much.  Your mommy and daddy adore you and are so happy you are our child.  You are a smart, friendly, happy little boy.  You make us proud and we are so grateful to have you.  Happy Birthday my sweet boy.  

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by retta483, Jan 19, 2013
happy 3rd bday to your little guy ! i have a 3 yr old too and he is getting very independant   :(  growing uo too fast . hope you had a great day !

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by krichar, Jan 19, 2013
What a sweet journal (as always) and again I was honoured to share his day with you guys :) he has turned into the most amazing little boy :) hugs to you three... See you soon, PS posted a pic of the amazing spidey on FB, go check it out :):):):):)

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by adgal, Jan 19, 2013
Thanks so much. K, I am so so happy you guys made it.  And guess what book we read at bedtime tonight?  He LOVES the superheros.  Great choice!  Nice extra treat to have Sebastian and J there too.  It's usually just you, I and the boys.  It was nice!  

Thanks Retta...it was a great day. His actual birthday is tuesday, but easier to have the party on a Saturday. It really was a great day.

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by butterflybabies, Jan 19, 2013
Beautiful journal and it made me feel happy and sad lol. Sad to think one day my boys won't be babies anymore either lol

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by Carly1306, Jan 20, 2013
He sound so much fun, and like such a sweet, loving boy. He does you proud. Happy 3rd Birthday, Ryder!

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by Helen72, Jan 20, 2013
Happy Birthday Ryder!  Thank you for sharing your journal.  Ryder is such a joy!  This is a fun age, enjoy it.

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by drifter0213, Jan 20, 2013
god bless little baby!!!!!!!!!!

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by adgal, Jan 20, 2013
Thanks so much everyone.  I just cannot believe he is 3 already.  Everyone warned me how fast time goes by, and boy, they weren't kidding.  It still seems like yesterday that I was anxiously waiting for him to arrive.  Crazy!

He is a great kid though, and we know how blessed we really are.  3 is so much fun, and interesting.  He is definately challenging us and seeing how far he can push his boundaries.  I keep telling myself that children feel more secure and do better when those clear boundaries are enforced, but it's not always easy.  Very very worth it though.  I wouldn't change a single second with him.

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by specialmom, Jan 20, 2013
I understand the heart filled with pride and joy as they grow and a tiny bit of heartache.  Time travels so fast and I personally don't like it.  LOL  

I'm glad the party was a raging success and enjoy your third year with your boy (always your baby).  

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by nursegirl6572, Jan 20, 2013
Awww,...what a sweet, sweet journal.

I heartily disagree that he's not a baby anymore!!!  Sure he is, at 3!  He's of course brilliant, and wise, but he's still a baby in a lot of ways (aren't they always???).  When I compare my DS at 3, to now (7), there are so many differences....I (IMO) think that a child kind of loses that "babyish cuteness" around 5 or 6.  You've got a few years ago to enjoy that sister!

Ryder is SOOOOOO lucky to have an amazing Mom (and dad) like you guys.  We all love our kids, but some people just have a different kind of devotion shine through.  He sounds like such a well rounded little boy, you've done an amazing job.  Now, go hug your baby (lol), just don't CALL him that!  Ha!

Happy Birthday dear Ryder!!!!  XOXO

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by adgal, Jan 20, 2013
Aww thanks.  We feel so lucky to have him.  He came along just as we were about to give up.  We are far from perfect parents, but we sure do love him.  Hes the center of our lives, that is for sure.

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by etts, Feb 14, 2013
Belated Happy Birthday Ryder! Im back now reading in Pregnancy 35+. My son Maverick turns 3 yrs old also last January 30. The same with you Amanda, I am also happy and very proud of my big boy now. He is amazing little man now. I just smiles when I recall the year 2009-2010 when both of us Amanda was on this forum with mc's issues and now have 3 years old bubbling boy. So happy!

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by New Mommy 2 Be 2007, Feb 19, 2013
Happy Birthday to your little prince

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