Trois, Trois, Trois
Drei, Drei, Drei
San, San, San,
Tre, Tre, Tre...
No matter how you look at it, no matter which language, they all say the same thing.
THREE, THREE and THREE
Today, I have three beautiful children and they are all THREE!
This fact astounds me almost as much as the news, once upon a time, that I was going to have 3 babies. Their birth on March 23, 2009 was quite possibly the most amazing day of my life. My memory in general is actually pretty bad, but not of that day.
I can remember everything about that day.
The butterflies in my stomach the morning I woke up knowing that I was about to meet the three little people whose faces I'd seen previously, but only in the grainy black and white of ultrasound monitors.
I remember heading to the hospital that morning, and the feeling of Brian's hand holding mine in the car as he said a prayer for everyone involved in the delivery and care of me and our babies (one of the last calm moments of my life, in fact).
I remember the hustle and bustle as DOZENS and DOZENS and DOZENS of nurses, doctors, technicians and students each did their jobs to prepare for my babies' delivery.
And that moment when I first locked eyes with those three beautiful, tiny humans so alert and full of wonder. That is the moment I remember best.
But if there's one thing I've learned in my relatively short stint as a mother, it's this- change happens subtly. SO subtly in fact, that sentimental moms like me don't notice that one day her babies are practically wearing doll clothes and the next they're wearing Buzz Lightyear Big Boy Underoos.
Live in every moment and when the day comes that your babies turn three, you'll be okay with it. You'll be okay because you'll know that you enjoyed every moment of their lives before it.
And you will have learned that newborns are precious, and babies are delightful, but toddlers are simply amazing.
If you're doing it right- every age will be your favorite.
And today, I love my three year olds.
There is no greater joy than watching my big kids talk to one another, invent games to play together, push each other down and help each other up. There is nothing better than the moment they learn something new or achieve something they've been striving for. Nothing beats the first time I see them in the day. The cheers for going pee pee on the potty, the independence, the stubbornness, the cuddles. The "I love you mommys."
So, to you, my dear big kids, I want to wish you the happiest of days. (Because finally, after weeks of counting down, TODAY really is your 'Happy Birthday.'
You three have given me several grey hairs, a few new wrinkles, a hoarser voice, and a few more aches and pains.
But more than that, you give me unlimited smiles and laughs, you give me purpose, you give me hugs, and you continually give me the gift I wanted for so many years....the gift of being your mom.
I love you my very big kids and I think you're gonna be great at being three.
Happy Birthday. :)
Love, Mom & Dad and all the world who loves you.