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Guppy at Three

Guppy turned three this weekend, and got wonderful toys and loved her birthday cake, blew out the candles, and we went to see Frozen (a Food Bank can drive) and took a walk to see 'armaments' with Aunt R. and Cousin I. She also got a little mini blizzard, with several inches of snow and then high winds that lasted until the following morning.

We walked around and looked at vintage snow machines and watched the Moose Turd Bowling a little bit. (She was still too young to participate in most of the activities.)

We got her a Frozen kids camera, and she just adores it, going around everywhere taking photos like Mama does. "Smile Mama!" she reminds me. I am a little heartbroken that it's a cheap POS that won't connect correctly to any of the computers I've tried it on, so we can't download the photos she's taken. Most of them are blurry and awful, of course, but there are a few good ones, and it's a shame to lose them. (Which we will - they won't last the changing of the batteries, even if we delete selectively until that point so she can take more.)

As a three-year-old, she is getting more independent. "I got it!" she likes to say, whenever someone is trying to help her do something. She can do some buttons now, and most snaps and zippers. She's getting bossy, too. "You stay downstairs! I have to be upstairs by myself!" Her sentences are getting more complex, her speech more clear, and she's figured out indefinite pronouns. She's bolder about climbing and standing on things ("I'm TALL!"), and her sense of rhythm is vastly improved. She insists on going down the stairs facing forward now, even without someone holding her hand (she reaches up and holds onto the railing, but it's a stretch for her!). "I'm being careful!" she assures me.

She wants to help push the cart at the store, and runs around saying "Oh, sorry! Excuse me!" to people randomly. "I'm not touching things!" she promises, as she touches everything in sight.

When she gets timeouts, I ask her what she did wrong when I go get her, and she says "I'm sorry. I won't touch the catbox/scream/kick Mama. Can we hug a minute?" She's going to be a master manipulator, no doubt at all.

I try to remember to praise her more for being clever or kind or honest than for being adorable, but it's hard when she's just this incredibly cute.

I tried to get her 3-year bear photo, but am not pleased with the way any of them came out. She is uncooperative about posing with him and I have several of bear being flung towards the camera... I will try for better ones later.

A daily post later! I wanted to document a little about where Guppy is now that she's at that magic age where toy manufacturers think she won't put things in her mouth...


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Jenny Heidewald
Mar. 3rd, 2015 01:16 am (UTC)
She finally got her cake! :D

That is a bummer about the camera not connecting to anything so you can take the photos off. :/ Can you take a picture of the pictures she took? I know it wouldn't be very good all in all, but then you would have something at least.

Poor Bear, she is so big compared to him now! Maybe you can catch her when she is tired out, and prop Bear by her. :)

Yeah, I am not too sure about the magically not putting stuff in their mouth when they turn three deal...I take that with a grain of salt!
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:55 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to the Guppy!
Mar. 3rd, 2015 05:19 am (UTC)
What a glorious post! Your Gup is completely adorable. And kind! And clever! How IS she getting along with Velcro these days, speaking of the cat box?
Mar. 3rd, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to the little one!
Mar. 3rd, 2015 08:29 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Ms. Guppy!
Mar. 3rd, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC)
I LOVED hitting that magic age where I could give them all the 3+ stuff guilt free.

Bummer about the camera! Maybe replace it with a cheap regular digital camera? They can be had for a veritable pittance these days. That's what I did with Will.

Love that kid; she's so adorable!
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