10 Things My 3 Year Old Says

Thanks for joining me today as I share 10 things my 3 year old says that I hope to never forget. My sweet girl actually turns four in about 13 minutes – at 5:28 p.m. to be exact.

I know four will be as fast moving as year three was, and I wanted to document some of my favorite things Scooter Britches said and did while she was three. One of my favorite things about having young toddlers is listening to the funny and sweet things that escape their mouths.

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10 Things My 3 Year Old Says (That I Never Want to Forget)

1.) “I like YOU, Mama.” or “I like YOU, Daddy.”

This phrase is typically followed by a pouty-faced snuggle when SB wants only one of us doing something and not the other. For instance, when she wants Daddy to put her to bed and not me. But why bother getting your feelings hurt when the situation will be reverse in ten minutes? Haha!

2.) “I love you more than the moons and the stars!”

She hears me saying this to her and to Little One every night. She blurts it out now as I leave her room, forgetting the “sun.”

3.) “It’s okay, Sissy! It’s all okay. I’m right here. I’m right here, Sissy. Don’t worry.”

She has a  great sense of sharing and compassion. If only you could see how she scoops up her little Sissy when Sissy gets hurt or sad. It will make your heart spin a thousand times.

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4.) “Are you just teasing, Mommy?” she says with a smile.

She has picked up a bit on how to joke around and has learned (somewhat) to identify when someone else is teasing.

5.) “Mommy and Daddy are the boss. I am not the boss. And Sissy is not the boss.”

Finally, we have an understanding on this near four-year long power struggle!

6.) She is generous with giving compliments. Along with this, she has also shown herself to be extremely detail oriented – noticing new jewelry or new things around the house.

“I like your earrings, Mommy.”

“I like your dress, Mommy.”

But when she doesn’t care for something, she is quick to let you know!

Her: “Mommy, is that your grandma’s purse?”

Me: “No, this is my new purse.”

Silence for about 10 seconds.

Her: “Did your grandma get that purse for you?”

7.) She spoke of death for the first time, which really hurt my heart. I was not expecting her to even know what death is as we have never spoken of it at home in front of her. But upon seeing a commercial for a TV show with a severely injured and unconcious person in a hospital bed, she loudly announced, “He’s dead!”

I don’t think she truly understands the meaning, but her statement proved this little girl was growing faster than I cared to realize.

8.) Best friends became a hot topic of conversation this year.

“Daddy, are you my best friend?”

“Ms. Jerri is my best friend.”

So and so “said she wasn’t going to be my best friend anymore.”

“I’m not going to be your best friend anymore!”

“Sissy is my best friend, forever and ever and ever!” (Oh, how I hope this will be true – forever and ever and ever.)

9.) “Te amo mucho, mucho, mucho!”

This is another constant phrase in our household. It is also one of the first bigger sentences in Spanish that she uses consistently. I actually made a sign on canvas with this phrase for our house because it has a special meaning to us.

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10.) “Tomorrow is…” or “Yesterday, we…”

Her reference to time expands only from yesterday to tomorrow. Everything either happened yesterday, today, or tomorrow. Everything.

Okay, so I’m horrible at counting. There are actually 11 things on my list.

11) She has an obsession with being “bigger.”

“If I eat this, will it make me bigger?”

“I want to be big like Daddy.”

“Mommy, I just don’t understand why you never got bigger like Daddy.”

“Tomorrow, I am going to grow big and strong!”

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So there you have it – 11 things my 3 year old says that I hope to always remember. As for some of the milestone activity of this busy third year, it was hard to keep up. But I can tell you this: the meltdowns were epic, the cuddles were indescribable, and the sense of pride in this sweet girl was unstoppable.

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A few of the things SB accomplished in this third year was learning to ride a training bike, FINALLY mastering potty training (at the beginning of the third year), being consistent with please and thank you, dressing herself (for better or for worse), and having an ability to reason. Hallelulah to Jesus on that last one! What a difference it makes when the person you are trying to reason with can actually…well, understand logic!

While my heart aches a bit that my baby is one more year away from babyhood, I can’t wait to see how this beautiful little girl continues to learn and grow as a four-year-old.

Apparently, she is ready, too. This morning, the Hubs asked her if she could stay three just a little longer. With a sheepish smile, she said, “I’m sorry. I don’t think I can do that.”

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5 comments

  1. Hayley Mclean says:

    Ahh what a little beauty. I have a 3 year old son and its heartbreaking how quickly they grow. He says a lot of the same things, and has also started talking about death lately…I assumed this would all happen much later, I was shocked! I hope she had a lovely birthday #TwinklyTuesdays x

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