Dear 3 year old Hailey,

Hailey Bear, you turned 3!

You are the baby of our family, and you crack us up all the time with your hilarious sense of humor.  You're 32 lbs, still in the 50th percentile for weight and 75th for height.  You still have your platinum blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes. You're a good eater.  You like fruit and vegetables, and meat!  Imagine that.  Hamburgers are called "meat" or you won't eat them.  You're not much of a milk drinker right now - your favorite drink is orange juice.

You usually take a 2-3 hour nap in the early afternoon.  We can occasionally skip it now if we are out and about. You still have separation anxiety when we go to new places, but as long as you're held you feel safe.  Your lovey still goes everywhere with you, but you're quick to ditch it if you find something else to play with. When we ordered your birthday cake, you ditched it at the bakery and none of us figured it out until nap time!  Luckily they had found it and saved it for you!  You also like to hide lovey in the house or in your purse.  That's caused drama more than a few times!


Your brother.  You love him, you really do, but you sure love to push his buttons.  You know just what to do to make him mad.  To be fair, he starts it sometimes too, but we're ready for you two to learn how to play together a little better.  Daddy and Mommy love the times that you two laugh and play together, and especially when you hug and kiss each other.  So sweet.

Speaking of hugging, you love to give us hugs and kisses.  This week, you told me I was your best friend.  Talk about melting my heart!  You frequently tell us you love us, and of course we're always telling you and Tyson the same!

You love to play with your babies, play in your kitchen, make faces in the mirror and play school.  You're a good teacher and love to read books to your class.  You also discipline them when they get out of line.  Lately, you ask Mommy to be in your class.  Mommy spends lots of time trying not to smile because you are so adorable, and the things you say are so funny.  If you catch me smiling you get angry and say "Don't smile Mommy!" 

You like your school and your teachers, but you don't want Mommy to drop you off unless the teacher takes you from my arms.  Walking in next to Mommy, or walking in and playing is not acceptable.  There has to be a hand-off and then you're perfectly fine.  Your teachers say that you are the alpha in your class, that you are very smart, love to read stories and that you're well behaved.

Until about a month ago, bedtime was more of a "puzzle".  As in, different things would set you off and we'd have to calm you down, or you wouldn't want to lay down and cause trouble, or many other things that would make it a different challenge each time.  I think it's safe to say we're finally out of that stage (crossing fingers), and now I love putting you to bed.  We changed your crib to a toddler bed right after you turned 3, and you've done great. You pile as many toys and books into your bed (and your carseat for that matter) as we'll let you. You still suck your thumb when you sleep.

You are a GIRLY GIRL.  There's so many times that Daddy and I look at each other and smile because of this.  Today, Tyson was asking you to help him do something, and you told him "hold on", and went to put on your dress up shoes before you helped him.  You got your fingers and toes painted for the first time and were showing them to everyone.  You love princesses, purses, jewelry, SHOES, Dora, and suddenly Hello Kitty.

You are FEARLESS, except for dogs - you're afraid of most dogs, but you're getting better about it.  You've jumped in the pool before putting your floatie on (we caught you right away), you will go down any slide, you want to ride everything at amusement parks and water parks, and you shriek in excitement every time!  You are hesitant about some mascots, but it seems to only be the ones you don't recognize.  You go right up to Chuck E Cheese, Elmo, Mickey Mouse, etc.

You went from being very clingy and extremely afraid of strangers, and some family (first year or two of your life) to being very outgoing and talking to everyone.  You tell random people that you like something about their clothes, or their hair, etc.  Luckily you only point out good things and haven't embarrassed us yet with this!

You still can't sit still through a movie.  We've tried twice to take you to a theater and haven't had success yet.  You're very active and don't like to sit in one spot for very long.

Potty training.  You can do it, and you wear underwear all day at school, but you're not ready to make the official switch yet.  We're working on different "incentives" to convince you that you don't need pull-ups anymore.

A few things you say "incorrectly:" Flee (three), baftub, downdairs, a few more that I can't think of!

Hailey, I could go on and on, but you're a sweet, loving girl who makes us laugh and smile every day.  You're strong willed and like routines.  We love you more than you can know, and we're so grateful that you're in our lives.

To close your official 3-year-old post, here's some pics from Mommy's phone that haven't made it to our blog yet!  You really ham it up at bath time!  Love you precious girl!

First professional shampoo - got it free because we waited so long!
It took us awhile to get you to go in the grotto - now you suggest it! As well as jumping off the rocks into the pool!


Family pics - summer 2012

We finally got everyone together in a formal photo shoot (in July. I realize that was 2 months ago. Don't judge). It's the first time we did this since Tyson turned 3 (he's almost 6... Hailey was 5 months old at the time). We've tried to do "informal" ones a few times but it didn't work too well.  Here you go!  And some of you will be getting some prints of these soon!

Thought it was strange the photographer wanted to do shots with 1 parent w/ both kids. Who would want prints of that unless you're divorced?  I thought they turned out though.

This one wouldn't be in hard copy but I liked their faces :)

Hailey started throwing a tantrum when we were selecting our prints for hard copies, so I picked them VERY quickly.  Might have done a better job if I had more time.  Overall I was very glad we did it and I think we got some good ones.  I was happy to replace our previous family pics where Hailey couldn't even sit up yet :)


Wednesday confessional

Roaches are just about the most disgusting thing in the world. On the rare occasion (thankfully) that we see one in the house, I ask Steve to get it (even if that means it stays put for an hour in the meantime).  The crunchiness is just disgusting to me. Unless it's alive... on those even more rare occasions, I will grab anything within reach and smash it multiple times...  then ask Steve to finish the deed.  Luckily for me, he does not think this is unreasonable behavior and has always stopped whatever he is doing, without complaining or teasing me, to take care of this.

I rarely correct my kids when they use improper grammar. I think it's adorable and it has always worked itself out so far.  Right now Hailey uses pronouns incorrectly - "her is funny", etc.  I figure they get enough discipline related comments that this is a battle I don't need to fight right now.  I just smile :)

I am not a girly-girl. I like football, playing sports, and working out.  There have been many times I wished that I was - I have no clue what kind of facial moisturizers, makeup, etc to use.  I don't know where to start.  I'm sure my skin could look a lot better if I tried to figure this out.  Hailey, somehow, is VERY girly.  I LOVE this.  Maybe she can teach me some girly things!

Sometimes I leave laundry in the dryer for days. Apparently the kids have caught on to this now, because Tyson looked in the dryer for clean underwear BEFORE he looked in his dresser the other day.

I'm not creative with food or cooking.  I've always wished I could "whip something up with random stuff in the fridge," but I don't really think I could pull that off.  I have some dishes that are on a pseudo-rotation. Sometimes I'll find something new and add it to the "list".  Who am I kidding though, Steve does 90% of the "real" cooking anyways.

I may or may not shop at Gymboree so often that the store manager AND assistant manager know me, and my kids' sizes and "save" things for me occasionally are very friendly when I walk in.  Believe it or not, I actually don't spend loads of $ in there.  Sale shopper only!

I still haven't downloaded Hailey's 3 year pictures, or our newest family pictures from a CD so I can share them and make her official 3-year-old post.

I bought Hailey a Cowboys shirt (it was on serious clearance).  This is not easy for me to do, since I've spent most of my life loathing that team.  I also may or may not have one as well.  Ahhh, look what love can do to you.  Don't tell my family in Wisconsin.  The kids and I DO have more Packers gear than Cowboys though.  And we're working on Texans gear too, of course!


Wednesday confessional

So, I'm completely stealing this idea from my cousin Courtney, who I think also stole it from someone else.  My first confession is that I can guarantee I won't do one of these every Wednesday.  But it seems like it would be liberating to air out some of the things I do...

I catch myself "spacing out" sometimes.  98% of the time it's in the shower.  I can stay in there for 40 minutes sometimes.  The fact that our hot water has NEVER run out at this house contributes to this (sure, that's the reason).  The other 2% of the time it's things like, I walk into a room and then forget why I'm in there.

I've had my legal documents ready to be notarized for my "side business" since March.  All I have to do is give them to Steve because he has a notary at his work.  But I still haven't done it.

I have a serious, unreasonable fear of bees and wasps.  As in, I run as fast as I can when I see one and don't care how ridiculous I look.  However, when my kids are around I am strangely able to control this fear and act like it is no big deal, and even "shoo them away" if they are close to the kids.

I also have an irrational aversion to minivans.  We are planning on getting a new vehicle for me later this year, and I've known for awhile now that a minivan would be the most logical, economical, smart choice for our family, but I just can't bring myself to admit that.  For whatever reason, I've been dead-set against ever owning a minivan (no offense if you have one, I DO realize that they are great and very family friendly...) I guess at some point I got it in my head that they are "not cool".  When you're 18, that's true. When you're in your 30's and have 2 kids, you should probably reconsider that.  We'll see what happens later this year.

We took family pictures in July and all I have to do is download them from a CD and post them here, and also make Hailey's 3rd birthday post with them.  Still haven't done it.

I can't STAND when people ad-lib the national anthem. When Queen Latifah did it tonight before the football game I wanted to throw something at the TV.  Come on, people.

Oh, I also can't stand Ryan Lochte.  Something about him just screams... well... not a nice person.

That's it for this week, hopefully I'll come up with more for this at some point!!