I really feel this month that I need to have a tag on your outfits explaining to others that you picked your own clothes. I'm sure most people of 3 year olds are aware of this (and if it's an important occassion I might intervene) but most days if you choose to pick a solid purple shirt, with purple pants, and purple shoes....I let you. And if you choose to refuse to wear a coat in 40 degrees, I let you be cold and toss one in the back seat in case you change your mind. I try to give you many choices, but you still have a hard time understanding that you don't get to choose EVERYTHING. (Like getting to eat a peanut butter sandwich at every single meal.)
Random Tidbits: If we are racing you say the phrase "I'm gonna beat you up!" Instead of I'm going to beat you. You are obsessed with finding the top of the Devon Tower as we drive various places throughout the metro. You often spy it when I don't even see it. You know when it gets bigger it means we are close to home and will shout this with glee from the back seat, "THE DEVON TOWER!!!" You've been having melt downs in the evenings if I leave you and daddy to go work out at the gym. You'll lie awake in bed until I'm home so I can hug you good night. You asked me where one of your toys was the other day and I reminded you I took it away for awhile because you didn't pick it up when I asked you too. You sighed and just said "Oh yeah, that just happens sometimes mom."
We finally got the clock in your room that lights up when you are allowed to get out of bed (7:45) in the morning and it has been a huge help. The first few mornings you woke up and it wasn't on yet so you just shouted "MOM! I'm awake! My light's not on!" Over and over again. But I'm happy to say now you understand that it will come on in a few minutes and you amble out of your room with your arms FULL of the stuffed animals you sleep with and dump them in the hallway ready for a sleepy eyed hug. Some mornings you sleep past 7:45, but it's still on when you wake up so you know you can come out.
You got a bag of hand me downs from a girl at church and it was just in the nick of time as your clothes were all getting a bit too short in the arms and legs. Now you have a new favorite outfit and you want to wear this princess shirt and heart skirt just about every day.
We've had some beautifully warm days for February and have played outside many times. If I'm cooking or nearby I let you play outside by yourself and check on you out the window. I love to find your play scenes and hear you chatting with your bears. When I come out and join you, you like to go on treasure hunts, hide things in the sand box, and one day we even walked to the park! I was surprised you made it there and back with only one stop to rest on the sidewalk for awhile.
I'm learning what routines help curb the daily 3 year old melt downs. They can be pretty draining so we had to set some rules and after a few weeks of them our lives are running more smoothly and there are far less tears. Our rules are that we have to make our beds before we eat breakfast and we have to get out of pajamas before we can watch any morning cartoons. If we ever forget you are quick to remind us and will say "Silly mommy, you forgot to make your bed!" Or if you want to stay in your PJ's all day and we are at home, it's fine with me, we just don't turn on the TV!