Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tomorrow is the Big 3!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Buster!


Tomorrow we'll be celebrating a birthday that I've been anticipating for the last few months. And, now that it's here, I'm thinking differently.




It's complicated.


I'll say it like this. It's taken a much greater amount of creative effort in harnessing the boisterous--sometimes untamable--2 year old energy that oozes from our only son. His mellow, chilled, older sister did nothing to prepare us for the endurance that was needed with him up ahead.


Don't misunderstand, Luke's zeal for life has been delightful to watch. The amount of energy he has to burn is astonishing. And his determination, well, quite persistent.


But, while in the thick of the 2's, those attributes can sometimes create the most intense flavor in one's mouth. So as we worked on loving his fun qualities, we also thanked God that the 3's might bring a change for the good with the not so fun ones.


Then, about a month ago, things started to pan out for our little man. Cause and effect became much clearer. The idea of privileges and consequences appeared quite solid. And, potty training began to click.


And tomorrow he's 3! But, now I'm thinking that regardless, he's growing up too fast.

14 comments:

Stacey said...

I remember this day very clearly! I was in Cancun on vacation with my hubby. I knew you would be having baby #2 while we were gone(just like I was with Julia) I remember trying to get internet connection but got locked out of my hotmail because of the mexican keyboard differences. UGH! When we returned from out trip on the 3rd Tom and I drove to your place in H(straight from the airport) late at night to meet this little dream boy...I remember like it was yesterday...oh how times change and fly...
Happy Birthday Luke!!

amanda said...

awww. happy birthday. love the pictures. my oldest will be four on thursday. *tear* they get too big too fast.

Lisa H said...

Sweet pictures of your adorable little THREE year old! Happy Birthday, Luke! :)

Rachael said...

what a adorable pictures of your little guy. happy 3rd birthday!

gina said...

Aw- sweet pics!! Happy Birthday to your little guy!!

Aimee' said...

Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday dear Luuuuuke, Happy Birthday to yoooou! =) Hope it's a wonderful day!!!

Pam said...

Great pictures and an insightful Mommy view to go along with them. Sometimes you wonder how much more of something you can take (in a good way) and then you're surprised when it all starts changing.

Happy Birthday, Luke!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Happy Birthday to Luke! While you think he's growing up too fast, I'm remembering vividly my own Luke, 28 now, who is still wild and crazy, but oh, so precious and lovable, and above all, my baby. Keep snapping those precious photos. Priceless. I will pray for your continued endurance and faithfulness! :)

mrs boo radley said...

What a lovely young man. I dig it that he can stand on the seat of his bike while wearing cowboy boots.

Lukey, wanna come over and play? We can climb big trees and throw things in the creek.

Following Him said...

HAPPY 3rd Birthday Luke!!! He is just adorable :)
~Elyse~

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Happy #3 Luke! That was a sweet post. I think all of us mommies can identify. They do, indeed, grow too fast!

4 Little Men and Girly Twins said...

He is adorable! Happy Birthday big guy! I love 3's they are so adorable!

britt

Kristin said...

Oh, Tiff. You and I are sure on the same wavelength lately. My little man will also be three in a few weeks. Which means we went through pregnancy together and didn't know it! I was just wondering today how he could be so grown up and how quickly my baby is disappearing. Your Little Lukey is such a charmer in those pictures! :)

Loukia said...

What gorgeous pictures!