mackenna: 3 years

I’m going to totally be *that* mom right now, but how the heck do I have a THREE year old already?!  I seriously feel like I was just pregnant with her, and now she’s going to be a big sister in about 2 months (OK, that’s even scarier)!  My mom has been commenting all week about how she can’t believe she has a 30 year old.  I feel like I’m going to blink and MacKenna will be graduating from high school, college, getting married, and having her own kids.  Ugh.  Slow down, time.  Please?!

We spent a wonderful weekend with our Big Girl celebrating turning another year older.  We started her birthday off with a trip to the donut shop down the street for some donuts and then having all her little friends (and our friends and family too) over to celebrate her birthday, Bubble Guppies style!  It was probably the best birthday we’ve had with her yet, since we weren’t worrying about her sudden lazy eye or being rushed getting a party together at someone else’s house.  We truly enjoyed her birthday, and I think our little princess felt the love as well.  She sure is one loved little girl!

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So, what has our little 3 year old been up to lately?  Even though the babysitter promised to have her potty trained by her 3rd birthday, Kenna is still wearing diapers or pullups.  She really has no urge to even try to use the potty, but will usually sit on it when asked.  (She did have a few drips in the toilet on Monday, but that’s about as much as we’ve gotten out of her.)  At this point, I’m not pushing it too much.  I’ve learned that she likes to do things in her own time and eventually she’ll get there, so even if I have 2 kids in diapers for a few months, I know that it won’t be like that forever.  Plus, we’ll have a little more incentive when she starts preschool next year since she can’t be in diapers.

MacKenna is also now in a twin sized bed full time since we moved into our new house last month.  We were really nervous about the transition, especially with it being a completely new and different environment, but she has been sleeping great!  (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!! — OMG, I’m not even kidding you, an hour after I wrote this she woke up.  Ugh.  Thankfully, she went back to bed fairly easily…)  She goes to bed around 8 every night (some nights a little later because I want to see her) and wakes up around 7 AM on the weekends, but I get her up at 6 AM during the week to get her ready to go to the babysitter.  She has only woken up once in the middle of the night since the move and seems to absolutely LOVE her Big Girl bed!  She shows it off to everyone who comes over!  I can’t wait to actually finish get her room all put together now that I have time again!

Eating definitely has not changed – she’s still as picky as ever but will thankfully eat some fruits and vegetables, although bread and cereal are typically her first choices.  She’s definitely a little peanut, only wearing 18 to 24 month clothing, although I put her in 2T’s because it’s hard to find shirts that aren’t onesies for her in baby sizes.  I haven’t weighed her in months, but I doubt she’s broken the 30 pound mark.  I think her size really affects her coordination – she’s still behind developmentally compared to other kids her age.  I’m hoping to get her in gymnastics again this spring because I feel like that really helped her at least catch up a bit with her peers.

The one thing that I simply cannot believe is her language development.  All of a sudden we went from short little sentences to being able to have full fledged conversations with her.  I can talk to her on the phone in the evenings now if I’m not home and she can tell me exactly what she’s done all day and what she’s been doing.  She asks a ton of questions and seems to understand the answers we give her.  We can already tell she is going to be a smart little girl.  I know, every parent says that.  But, she is able to infer things at 3 years old that I don’t think my middle schoolers could!  Ha!  OK, that’s a bit exaggerated, but she’s making connections to things that seem very advanced for her.  I am absolutely loving talking to her and can’t wait to see how much more advanced her speech and language get as she continues to grow.

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Oh, my sweet little girl, I just can’t believe how big you have gotten and how much you have learned these past 3 years.  You are the reason I wake up every morning.  I love you always and forever!

  • Happiest of birthdays little one!

  • Tricia Johnson

    Happy birthday Mackenna! Those candles are adorable! I need them on my next birthday cake! 🙂

  • Shari

    Happy Birthday to her!