life with max: three years old!
How on earth is this little man THREE?!
I mean, how? It blows my mind because I feel like he was just born. I know that is soooooo cliché and predictable, but it’s absolutely how I feel.
Tonight I even said to my mom that I was petrified of how fast time is going. It’s like it has sped up exponentially since Emilia was born and I don’t know what to do! Make it slow down please. ugh!
But anyway. This boy.
He just kills me. He is so sweet, so funny, so smart. I don’t want to be one of THOSE MOMS but I guess since I have a blog where I exploit my life, this is the page where I can annoyingly be that mom.
I love what a little person he is. I love how he carries full conversations with me and remembers things that happened months ago. Just last week he looked at me and said “oh mama, we forgot to go to New York City this year!”
Like, what?! We haven’t even talked about going given our new babe in the house, so this was utterly hilarious. He is just the best boy.
Max is SO ridiculously fun. He loves to play. PLAY anything. Indoors, it’s all cars and trucks all the time. He takes multiple cars to bed every single night. He also loves to color and paint and do any sort of art work! He loves to bake and help me make pizza dough too.
His favorite thing is being outside though. And playing with others. He loves playing with “his friends” (he says this almost every day!) and the moment he meets someone, they are instantly “his friend.” I love it so much.
And he just cannot wait until Emilia is old enough to play! Every single day he shows her toys and it melts my heart.
We are obviously obsessed with Emilia in this house, but I still miss my Max and mama moments at times. I mean, for almost three years it was just the two of us all day long until Eddie would come home and we did so much together. Everything together! That has been the biggest adjustment since Emilia was born, and let’s just say that Max is taking it a lot better than me! Ha!
We have been able to do things a few times – just the two of us on the weekends – but there were definitely moments in the first week or two that I would cuddle him after he fell asleep in the dark and bawl my eyes out because I missed spending every moment of every day with him.
Who even am I?! I never expected to be this person!
The crazy thing is that Emilia sleeps sooo much and because of that, Max and I were still spending a ton of time together, but it was just… different. You know?! It’s like I can miss him even though he is right here with us.
Fortunately, these moments mostly came in the first two weeks and since then? We’ve really gotten in a groove of it being the three of us. I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to see Max be a brother. He wants to hold her every day. He calls her his “little cutie.” If she is crying in the car he says “don’t worry baby, we’re almost home!”
GAH. I just die. He is the sweetest.
At the same time, he is a total threenager. The terrible twos? Never happened for us. Unless you count the last month or so. I wouldn’t even call them terrible twos. He hasn’t been terrible, but he has been turning into quite the THREENAGER. Like, he has his own opinions and his own demands and he is a human! Ugh.
This age is definitely the most challenging so far. It has been a piece of cake up until now. He can be the sweetest little bug and in an instant lose his mind because I put water in the wrong cup. It’s actually hard not to burst out laughing. Often!
Also, this is his “funny face.” Kills me.
One of the best things about this age is how much Max can HELP me. He grabs things for me and helps me with Emilia so much. He is wildly independent – in fact it’s pretty much a fight every morning about who makes his breakfast. Because he thinks HE can make peanut butter toast with bananas.
The scary thing is that he almost can! It’s just nuts. What a little person!
Feeling so lucky that I have this love muffin in my life. He is just wonderful. Thank you for loving him with me!
P.S. later this week, I’ll be telling you about our favorite things over the last few months… woohoo!
11 Comments on “life with max: three years old!”
My daughter turned 3 at the end of September and omg yes to the breakfast thing!! But she has learned how to make her own fried egg ( with so much supervision so no one gets hurt) and her own oatmeal. It’s endearing and funny. Max’s smooshed up silly face is adorable btws!
You literally made me tear up at my desk talking about holding him when he’s sleeping to get your cuddles in. We have a 2 year old, and we want to add another one to our little family but right now I just love our little family of 3, cue the tears.
Hearing you talk about Max just reminds me so much of my little, also a huge cars and trucks lover. We tried that same Lightning costume for Halloween, but it absolutely wasn’t happening. It’s crazy watching them have likes and dislikes.
Enjoy the holiday!
I have a three year old little boy as well and we’re expecting another this summer. I am petrified for two reasons….1. That my time with him will be limited and he’ll feel left out and 2. That he won’t be excited for the new baby. Every time we talk about it he screams “NO” and runs away. Did you guys go through the same phase?! Right now I’m trying to soak up every second with him before the baby comes. And my three year old is just as demanding! I put his cup of milk in the wrong spot on the table and I really thought that the world was going to come to an end for him!
oh my gosh, i relate to your experience with the terrible twos SO MUCH. Kieran didn’t really have any terrible two’s moments, but I swear, as soon as he turned three, it was like an OVERNIGHT transformation. he is still lovely most of the time, but he can lose it at any given moment over the silliest things. he has SO many opinions. and he is SO independent now. it’s crazy. he gets so mad if we try to help him with certain things. max is adorable and sounds like such a sweet child! i melt reading these stories about Emilia. such a good big brother! happy birthday to max (and to you, really! let’s not forget it was your birth day, too!). xoxo
I relate to every piece of this! Well, aside from my daughter sleeping – Lord, I don’t know if I’ll ever sleep again. It goes so fast! My oldest will be 3 in April and my daughter is 7 months. Like, how. How?! Love these posts and your sweet babies.
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Your love for your children and the fact that you openly and honestly share that with all of us, just makes me cry! They are truly blessed to have you for a mommy.
Oh my gosh, I could have written almost every word of this. Our baby girl is 10 days old and I feel the SAME way about my 3 year old little boy. It’s like he got so big all of a sudden and I absolutely miss him, even when he’s right there.
ugh… momming can be so hard on the heart ❤️ when there is so. Much. Love.
I seriously need a pair of those pants Max is wearing in the chocolate spoon licking photo. Do they come in adult sizes???
Ahhh..he’s the cutest! I’m gonna be one of those people who tell you to cherish every minute because (YES) it goes by so fast. Mine three are all in their 20’s now and there are days when I think… wasn’t it yesterday they were all buckled up in the back seat of my car? I remember the days and nights when I thought I would never sleep, never have a minute of peace, or remember who I was. It’s wonderful to see the amazing adults they have become, but there are many days I wish I could go back and snuggle, watch a Disney movie, or rock them to sleep. So forget everything that needs to be done, live in the moment, and have fun with them. Happy Holidays to your and your family!