Harper at 3

I think this photo pretty much sums up what it’s like to have a “threenager.” Harper is bossy, demanding, temperamental, and a little cray sometimes. But she bounces between that and sweet, cuddly, creative, curious and so many other interesting qualities that it’s hard for me to say that three is as bad as I feared it might be.

Honestly it seems like having a baby brother has made her a little easier to communicate with because she can’t demand all of our attention all the time. And she wants to be more independent so she likes helping with him.


Sometimes she goes, “baby Max is so cute!”

For example, she always wants to bring the Boppy pillow to whoever is holding Max. She’s a little aggressive with putting in his pacifier, but it’s cute that she wants to give it to him.

She’s also been playing with her dolls more, trying to imitate what we’re doing.

This picture just slays me.

When Mike’s parents were here, she interacted with them in a way I’d never seen before. Where before she had been hesitant to play with people she doesn’t see very often, she made an instant connection with them.

She let both of them read her books, which strangely, she doesn’t do often. Her version of reading is to turn the pages before you can get a line out. But I do think that will change as she is able to sit still longer.

She LOVED the Christmas tree when we had it. She kept asking to go see it, and then she would name every ornament.

She got a giant floor puzzle for Christmas, which got her really into the idea of doing puzzles. Now she’s got at least one going at all times.

It’s hard for me to deal with the “toy soup” she creates daily in our living room, but it takes a lot of toys to keep this girl entertained. Her current favorites are her finger puppets (she is constantly singing this finger family song where each finger is a member of the family), and her Peppa Pig figurines.

She’s starting to have a much bigger imagination. She play cooks us meals and she does the most adorable routine where her Ernie doll goes to sleep, then wakes up, brushes his teeth and has breakfast.

She’s still a great eater and will try most foods, even if she prefers her favorites.

Of course I am biased, but I think she gets more beautiful every day.

Her hair is turning darker, but I think it will still get sun-bleached in the warmer months.

She is in the process of moving up to the 3-year-old class at her daycare, and I think that will be good for her. She’s had a lot of shyness with kids her age, but I see her opening up much more on the playground now.

Seeing Max as a baby now, reminds me of how quickly these years pass (even though as they say, the days are very long). So I am really trying to take the tantrums in stride and just go with the roller coaster that is life with little ones. Before you know it, Harper will be a teenager for real, and I’ll wish for those 3-year-old cuddles.