Why I'm Excited for My Daughter to Turn 3

My daughter on her last birthday.

My daughter is on the brink of 3. Her upcoming birthday has caused me to reflect on the past year: the potty training trials and switch to the big-girl bed.

The way her vocabulary has exploded from a handful of words to detailed instructions for how she’d like her hair fixed for preschool.

All the milestones, the happy and the bittersweet, that she’s bounded through in the past 12 months.

She is, after all, my last baby, unless life throws me a major curve ball. It’s easy to get sentimental.

Instead of focusing on what I’ll miss about having a 2 year old, I’ve decided to think about why I’m excited for 3.

In the comments, tell me what you love most about 3 year olds. Think of it as a pat on the back for a mommy whose baby is quickly becoming a little girl.

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  • Curiosity About the World Around Her 1 of 10
    Curiosity About the World Around Her
    Three is a magical year for children. They're growing increasingly interested in their environment, often pausing to appreciate the little wonders of the world.
    Photo Credit: Isabella Blake Photography
  • Improved Fine Motor Skills 2 of 10
    Improved Fine Motor Skills
    At this age children are preparing themselves for a future of relying on their fine motor skills for a variety of tasks. This is when they're laying the foundation for writing, picking up small objects, and fastening their clothing. It's amazing to watch as they acquire these new skills.
    Photo Credit: Vince Alongi/Flickr
  • Her First Tricycle 3 of 10
    Her First Tricycle
    Gone are the days of pushing my daughter in a stroller or pulling her in a wagon with her baby dolls. She is ready to join the big kids on a new set of (three) wheels!
    Her First Tricycle Photo Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography/Flickr
  • Climbing Stairs Like a Big Girl 4 of 10
    Climbing Stairs Like a Big Girl
    Younger toddlers take the stairs one step at a time. Around age 3 they begin alternating feet when climbing the stairs. In the past I could always tell which child was coming downstairs by the number of feet I heard on each step...soon those days will behind me.
    Photo Credit: HoyasMeg/Flickr
  • Dressing Herself 5 of 10
    Dressing Herself
    My daughter is just now beginning to put her own clothes on. I love the "creative" outfits that 3 year olds come up with! Photo Credit: Isabella Blake Photography
  • Expanding Sense of Humor 6 of 10
    Expanding Sense of Humor
    Three year olds love laughing and making others laugh as well.
    Photo Credit: *Clairity*/Flickr
  • Quiet Time 7 of 10
    Quiet Time
    By this age kids enjoy a few moments of quiet play, and they're capable of entertaining themselves for longer periods of time than their younger peers.
    Photo Credit: John-Morgan/Flickr
  • Fun with Friends 8 of 10
    Fun with Friends
    With more awareness of their environment comes more interest in the people in it. Three year olds enjoy meeting new friends and are beginning to be interested in parallel play.
    Photo Credit: KR1212/Flickr
  • Growing Independence 9 of 10
    Growing Independence
    At 3, children love doing things on their own, and they're often adamant about not needing mommy's help.
    Photo Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography/Flickr
  • Developing Empathy 10 of 10
    Developing Empathy
    Social skills like empathy and concern for others are beginning to emerge at this age. They enjoy giving hugs as much as receiving them!
    Photo Credit: Alex Campos/Flickr

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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