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Wordful Wednesday: On Your 3rd Birthday, a Letter to My Marlie

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dearest Marlie,

Happy Birthday sweetheart! Three years ago today I pushed you out into this world after 11 hours of labor. That should have been my first clue that you were going to be a challenging child. Even though things have been hairy since we moved out to California a month ago, I will focus on the positives in this birthday letter because I am sure you will turn back into my pumpkin when the clock strikes twelve. You are my feisty warrior princess and I love your bright, spirited, imaginative, charming, headstrong qualities. Your growth in the last year has been something to behold. I no longer see a toddler before my eyes, but a little kid with big kid ideas and an even bigger will. Your personality has fully emerged and taken root.


You are a natural at batting those eyelashes and playing coy when you want something and you can turn on the waterworks on cue. It's music to my ears when you break out in song..."row, row, row your boat gently down the street! Merry, merry, merry, merry! Like is butter dream!" I can just picture you on a stage somewhere in the future. Then again, you have such a nurturing soul and love to take care of people and animals so maybe you'll be a veterinarian like Doc McStuffins. Then again, you have your parents' wit and wicked sense of humor like when you named your brother's pee-pee a tail. Maybe you'll be a comedian. Why not all three...a Broadway-trained vet who cures sick animals with laughter like Patch Adams? Sounds good to me!


We have had our fair share of battles this year, but we survived the Terrible Twos which I am learning was just practice for year three. You are certainly making your daddy and I earn our parenting stripes. It's okay though because we will never give up on you.


You've experienced some pretty big milestones this year:
  • You officially became potty trained in February with not a moment to spare because...
  • You became a Big Sister on April 2nd when we welcomed Desmond to our family. You are so good to him and it melts my heart watching you two play like when you mushed his cheeks together and said, "he's a goldfish!" You can be sweet like that which showed when...
  • You told me to apply pressure to my cut and wrap it in a Band-Aid. I know the move out west has been a tough adjustment for you punctuated by some behavioral setbacks, but...
  • You are starting preschool soon and I know that you, being the social butterfly you are, will quickly endear yourself to your new teachers and classmates.

I look forward to what this year will bring--getting your first library card, making up more stories at bedtime, playing dress-up, and celebrating our first Christmas with your little brother. You make me so happy (even when you are being extra), and I couldn't be more proud of you my beautiful little girl! Before you came into my life I missed you so bad. When you read this years from now, Google that phrase and listen to the song this lyric came from, it was very popular the summer you turned 3!

Love always,

Mommy

23 comments:

Help! Mama Remote... said...

:) happy birthday Marlie. I've always said terrible twos rarely end. Hoping this year is a wonderful year for Marlie and as she grows her feisty warrior spirit is not broken, but she learns which battles to fight.

Eco Baby Mama Drama said...

Such a beautiful little lady you have there :) I love her polka dots! Such a sweet little letter to your baby girl, melts my heart :)

Quiana said...

What a sweet letter! Wishing Marlie a wonderful birthday. I think there's something about their August birthdays that make them sound very similar ;-)

Greener Mommy said...

She's a beautiful girl!!! Happy Birthday!

Maureen Sklaroff said...

Happy Birthday Marlie! Glad to hear that we're not the only ones who love Doc McStuffins! I am hoping that show will continue as it is so great about teaching kids about their bodies and health.

Audrey said...

How sweet! Happy birthday to your dear little girl.

Meghan @ Crazy Casa K said...

Aw, so sweet. It's amazing how fast they grow up! We've had a tough time adjusting to CA too. Hope things get better!

Vonnie Bailey said...

Happy Birthday! I love your letter. Just too sweet.
~Vonnie @ www.searchwithvonni.com

Stacy Uncorked said...

Awwww! That made my heart melt into a puddle! :) Happy Birthday to Marlie! She's such a cutie!


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What a beautiful letter! She's wonderful, and this brought tears to my eyes! You should copy this and put it in a book for her and give it to her when she goes away to college to be that Broadway-trained, laughter-using vet!

Jeannette said...

What sweet pictures of a beautiful girl! Happy Birthday Marlie!

AnnaZed said...

Happy Birthday Marlie! What a darling.

Deb said...

Happy 3rd. Birthday Marlie, what a smart and beautiful little girl you are.

Jenna Wood said...

Happy Birthday Marlie!

Execumama said...

Beautifully stated, Mommy! I know Marlie will look back at this one day and smile with joy! Happy Birthday, Marlie!!

keyalus said...

Love it! Happy Birthday Marlie!

Tiffany Revels said...

They grow so fast. Happy 1st birthday!!

Lena & Alex said...

Happy Birthday and best wishes

Kim said...

Happy birthday to your big girl. What a lovely honest letter!

Alexia said...

Happy Birthday Marlie!! You are such a tremendous little girl. A force of nature really. Can't wait to see all she accomplishes over the years. And Happy Labor Day to you Teresha!! It may be have a tough 2's and you may have an exhausting 3's ahead of you but she is amazing. Give yourself and that sweet thing lots of hugs from us!!

Alexia said...

Happy Birthday Marlie!! You are such a tremendous little girl. A force of nature really. Can't wait to see all she accomplishes over the years. And Happy Labor Day to you Teresha!! It may be have a tough 2's and you may have an exhausting 3's ahead of you but she is amazing. Give yourself and that sweet thing lots of hugs from us!!

Marina@EBMR said...

Awwww happy birthday sweet Marlie. How you've grown. I still remember reading your Mama's updates when you were a wee little baby.

Praying much joy and laughter this year ahead. God bless you abundantly sweet child.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

oh my goodness...loved seeing her baby pics..happy birthday Marlie..how exciting!

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