“Beautiful. Loving. Lovable.”
You live up to your name, Mabel.
I named this post “Sunshine” because that’s what comes to mind when I think of you. Bright, beautiful light. Sunshine! That’s what you are to our family. You are so easy to love.
You’re three today, and my goodness…it takes my breath away. I still feel so close to the day when you arrived. That moment I pulled you out and brought you up to my chest. It was amazing. You were the first baby I had ever done that with and I was surprised by how warm you felt. It was quite shocking to me. You were so quiet, but your eyes were wide and alert. You were an observer from the moment you took your first breath. You’re a lot like your brother in that way.
At age three, you’re a super girly, mad scientist. It’s the cutest thing ever. You love all things sparkly, princess, and unicorn. You also love mechanical things, experiments, and playing in the dirt. You love the color purple. There’s this one particular purple sequin-covered dress that you wear literally every day. Once it’s on, you twirl and tell anyone around that you’re a princess. And you really are, sweet girl.
You love to eat….especially sweets. We have to hide anything sweet in the house because you always have a way of finding it and sneaking it. You also love cucumbers and pizza.
Snuggles. You request them daily. I honestly hope you never grow out of that. I know it might be creepy if you’re 30 and still asking your mom to snuggle with you on the couch, but I don’t care. Please don’t ever stop. It’s one of my favorite things! Holding you while you hold your blanket and suck your thumb…well I don’t know. It just has a way of making my anxieties and worry disappear.
You are still very calm and laid back. We never really went through a tantrum phase with you. You get along well with your brother and sisters. The only thing you really struggle with is sharing. You do not like sharing and will cry the saddest cry if someone has something you want.
You’re sort of giant for your age. You are in the 95th percentile, which is strange considering that Emrist and Theo are always in the 10th percentile or below. Genetics are so funny! You’ve almost caught up to Emrist in clothing sizes since you’re so tall. I think it’s entirely possible that you’ll be sharing clothes this year.
Sigh. I just can’t handle the fact that you’re three. It seems so unreal. We love you so much, Mae Bae.