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3-Year-Olds Are Exhausting, But They Are Also Magic.

Three-year-olds might need to be reminded 18 times to put on their coats.

They might wake you up at 2 a.m. because their blanket fell off.

They might shriek like a howler monkey when you brush their hair or spit toothpaste all over the bathroom when you brush their teeth.


Becca Carnahan

But 3-year-olds also hold your face when they kiss your cheek.

They cuddle in close on a couch and make you redefine “home.”

And my 3-year-old has taken to calling me “my majesty” which makes scraping oatmeal off the floor, my shoes, and an Etch a Sketch much more enjoyable.

Three is challenging.

Three is silly.

Three is exhausting.

Three is inspiring.

Three is maddening.

But oh my sweet 3-year-old, what I wouldn’t give to bottle you up. Just as you are.

Because in the early morning hours with your face close to mine, and on a park swing giggling uncontrollably, and in a parking lot when you hold my hand, all I can think is that three is magic.

This story originally appeared on With Love, Becca

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