Friday, June 20, 2014

Goodbye to Age Two

A tender moment
On my son’s third birthday, I’m feeling a bit wistful. Even though I do NOT miss infancy, (I barely survived it with my sanity intact,) when I kissed my boy goodnight last night and said, this is the last time I’ll see you when you’ll be two, my heart caught in my throat.

I never know when these moments will happen. His first birthday came and went with no feelings. But when I turned his car seat from backwards to forward facing, I burst into tears, realizing, he’ll be riding forward for the rest of his life!

He threw a doozy of a tantrum on the eve of his third birthday as if to remind me just what I wouldn’t miss. But for the most part, I loved age two. I loved the sweetness of it. We’d be riding along in the car, and he’d shout from the backseat, “Mommy – school bus!” or “Bridge!” or “Digger!” So much about ordinary everyday life is so fresh and exciting for him, and he has the words to express it. I enjoy his growing independence, his ability to walk distances, put on shoes, pull up pants, climb in and out of the car. He’s not always cooperative, of course not, but he’s rather reasonable for a kid, and will often compromise, or strike some sort of deal. (Yes, toddlers should teach negotiation skills in law and business school.) Two was fun.
He's three!

One of my friends says each stage of a child’s life has gains and losses. I’m sure age three will have things I’ll like – goodbye diapers – and some things I won’t. I’ll try to keep focusing on the positive, enjoying the gifts of three and remembering that all we ever have is the present. 

As much as I may want to freeze him in time, in this sweet innocent phase, I can’t, and I don’t really want that anyway. The best I can do is to stay present as much as possible, and enjoy each moment as it unfolds, and when sadness arises, welcome that too, as part of being alive.

What did you love about age three? Any tips for the hard parts?  


Carol Brill said...

Julie, really sweet post. I love how at 3 and 4, kids are becoming little people, figuring out the world. so much fun to watch their minds work and view through their eyes.

Chris Brady said...

Julie, No tips as my baby boy is turning 3 + 30 this year and I honestly have forgotten about the different phases. From Daniel's looks, I am recalling a lot of fun in the 3 year -- increasing vocabulary, humor, intelligence coming out. Take lots of photos. Capture the unique moments in your journals. Live in the moment. Take it from me, it flies.

julieack said...

Yes, I love how he makes jokes now. Last night, he made his first rhyme - weather is like feather. So sweet.

julieack said...

Thanks, Chris. My mother in law also reminded me to enjoy the present, and I need those reminders to help me with the more trying moments, of which there are plenty!

Therese Tiger said...

Beautfilly written, Julie--thank you. This was a good reminder for me dealing with ages 20 and 17. I tend to think of this phase as all loss and negatives instead of gains and positive so I am going to work on that! Hard to think of a positive for 17 but I will try!!