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Motherhood after Infertility and Parenting a child with ASD

3 years old


August 30, 2017


Wow. You are three years old. How is that even possible? It feels like just yesterday you were this tiny 8 pound 8 ounce baby who fit the length of one arm and now you’re 38 pounds and have an opinion about everything. You’ve adjusted so well after our move and into your new school… so much has happened.

We tried potty training on March 20th because you woke up that morning and told me you didn’t want a diaper. You did amazing the first day but after that, not so much. You so adorably demanded your diaper back and that was ok, I wasn’t in any rush to get you out of diapers. However, on July 4th we decided we would try again and the rest is history. You’ve done so amazingly well. I can count on one hand the amount of wet accidents you’ve had. You did have a little trouble with poop accidents for a little while but we’ve made great strides! You haven’t been in diapers in two months… your dad and I are so proud!

In April you went on your first boat ride. I was a little skeptical since you have been known to show some apprehension to new things but you seriously surprised me. You loved every second of it and didn’t even mind wearing your lifejacket! You couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks on end… always asking to go back on the boat. We’ve gone a few times since then and you love it each and every time.

In May your Uncle Adam got married and we flew down to Miami for the wedding. What a weekend that was. We got to spend time at the beach and at the pool and you met all sorts of family for the first time. Your love for your new Aunt Bekka began the night of the wedding and has done nothing but grow since then. You would probably spend every day with her if given the opportunity. You had a blast the night of the wedding and wanted to dance the entire night… and by dance I mean sit on your daddy’s shoulders while he danced. It was wonderful and you stayed up until midnight! We were all so impressed.

The following weekend, we decided it was time for you to get a big boy bed. It was getting harder and harder to carry you from your rocking chair to your bed at night and we thought you were ready. Your dad spent one Friday putting together your new bedframe and picking up your new mattress. Your face when you walked into your room and saw your bed was priceless. I asked you what it was and you exclaimed, “MY BED!” It was so precious. From that night on you’ve slept in your full size bed with zero issues. You love getting in bed each night and you haven’t gotten out of bed in the middle of the night once! The next thing we need to do is get rid of your paci… that’s going to be a hard one!

In June you started swim class. I thought for sure you’d love it from the second you walked in but I was quite wrong. The first class was such a terrible disaster… you screamed the entire time. I was at a loss as to what I should do. Should I sit by the glass for you to see me, should I hide somewhere, do I go and sit in the car? It was terrible but I was determined that you would like it if we kept going. The second class was a little better and by the third you were walking in by yourself. You love it now and are doing so well.

We also went on a big beach trip this year at the end of June. We spent an entire week with Grammy, Zayda, GG, and Poppy and had a lot of fun. We took a boat trip where we saw tons of dolphins and a few manatees, which was the absolute highlight of our trip. Every time you saw one you would shout “dolphin!” and point. The tour guide joked that he wasn’t even needed because you were doing such a good job finding them. It was a wonderful trip.

In terms of school… you’ve moved from the younger two class to the older two class and just 3 weeks ago you moved into 3 Pre-K. There is so much more independence now… you are responsible for going potty by yourself, marking yourself present each morning, and keeping track of all your belongings. You truly love this new class of yours and are always smiling when I pick you up each afternoon and you almost never have objections about going to school in the morning. Overall it’s been wonderful.

You definitely still have your difficult days. You are quite sensitive and very opinionated but we are working on keeping everything in check. The tantrums you throw can be quite epic but I think they are getting less and less as you’re learning that they never work to get what you want. We have had such an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings us. Some words of advice; stay strong, stay opinionated and stay affectionate. You have so much potential wrapped up in that tiny little body and we can’t wait to see it explode.

I love you more than you will ever begin to imagine.


2 thoughts on “3 years old

  1. Sounds like a wonderful little guy! Hope he had a great birthday

  2. This was so lovely. Made me feel an insight into motherhood I don’t normally get!

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