There was an error in this gadget

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Three Year Old - Proving the Existence of God One Tantrum at a Time

I so don't have time to do this right now, but here I am blogging. My old computer that was briefly resurrected after the loss of my regular one crashed last week (hence the lack of posts), so I am once again computer-less, and at the mercy of using other people's computers.

In other news, this past weekend Little Miss Two officially became Little Miss Three. But between you and me, this actually started happening some time ago. You know the whole now-that-the-child-is-three-and-talks-in-complete-sentences-this-should-all-get-so-much-less-frustrating feelings you have as your child nears three? I hate those. They are COMPLETELY false, and in reality this is NOT what happens. At all.

Instead, it gets worse. You think they'll become more reasonable, when in all actuality they're the definition of "unreasonable". They have opinions. They have preferences. You get major meltdowns over what color cup they want, which stool they sit on, which one of you is going to get them dressed, etc. Oh what I'd give for the days before color-knowledge and independence.

Miss Three has a particularly bad case of independencitis - aka, an irritation caused from three year olds who think they can and should do everything themselves, when in fact, life would be much easier if they just let you be the parent. Seriously. Do you have any idea how long it takes her to put on her shoes/climb into the car AND her car seat/get her pj's off and her clothes on? I'll bet that in the last few months I've spent hours of my life watching her accomplish these tasks.

And then there's the other category: The things you wish they would do for themselves, but insist you do for them.

Doll dressing falls into this category. Miss Three has an insatiable urge to strip and re-dress her dolls over, and over, and over again. Only she can't get the clothes back on, so I have to do it. Over, and over, and over again.

Thankfully, three year olds are also living, walking, and whining proof that the Lord does, in fact, know exactly what he's doing. Why else would he make them the cutest things on the face of the earth? Seriously, they are so cute. And they say the most hilarious things. And they do the most hilarious things. And they can be so incredibly loving as they wrap their cute little arms around your neck and tell you how much they "wuv you".

Clearly the Lord was well aware of just how maddening and exasperating the human three year old would be. Knowing the feelings a single tantrum would cause, he blessed them with fat cheeks, dimpled elbows, and complete adorableness, just to ensure their survival. Somehow, even when they're at their absolute worst three year olds manage to be cute.

And it's a good thing, too.

24 comments:

ade said...

ahh...bet your little 3 year old has changed so much since October. Tanner talks about N all the time:) Miss you guys!!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Your little girl and mine must be soul-mates. You described my Natalie to a tee. :)

Robyn said...

I hear you! -K- insists on doing everything herself, except wiping herself after going potty. She will sit there and scream for me to come, then wait until I do. Dolls tend to be naked around our house as well.

Barbaloot said...

It's true-3 year olds are adorable! Lucky for me, when I have any that drive me crazy, I pass them back to their parents:)

Machen family said...

3 years olds are at the cutest looking stage, not quite yet a kid and not a baby anymore. Tristan is turning in 3 months but he's been throwing 2 year old tantrums for about 9 months.

Sue Q said...

Couldn't agree more. The "Terrible Twos" everyone used to warn me about are NOTHING compared to the "Ridiculously Unreasonable Threes"!
And the Nines....and the Thirteens? FORGET IT! Fifteens don't seem to be too bad so far, but we're raring up for the Sixteens in a few short months, and I've already got my therapy sessions booked!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Couldn't agree with you more. And Sue Q I agree with you also.

All in all motherhood is the ultimate test to see if you will keep the commandment "Thou shalt not kill"

Seriously could it be any harder.

Sorry about your computer problems. That totally bites.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Oh and Sue, 16 isn't all that great either because it can mean driving.

But again the Lord in his wisdom makes it so when your son gets in an accident and totals your car, you first check to see if he is alive before you try to kill him.

Steve, Jessica, Joshua & Grace said...

Amen Sista! My Little Miss Princess-Pants turned 3 on Monday and I could have sworn you were blogging about her. ;)

Kristin said...

I think three-year-olds are the main cause of profanity in Mothers. Maybe also alcohol/diet coke consumption. I'm no freakanomics expert but I think it is directly correlated.

Kelly said...

Just what we were talking about the other day! And too, too true. As I see many other mothers have attested to. Many of the things yours does...mine doesn't, I still rule the closet and dress her with no fuss. However! She's got her own little set of things that must be her way or the sassy-frassy comes roaring out!

Shelley said...

So well said. I just wish it would end at age 3. My baby is 4 and the "independencitis" hasn't calmed down at all. So grateful for the hugs and declarations of love to keep us loving them back.

Natalie said...

I can attest that you have a particularly cute 3 year old too. Her little personality and big blue eyes were just cracking me up yesterday.

Cecily said...

Mines only 17 months but I just have to say AMEN!!!(Oh yeah and that's what I have to look forward to????? I think she already suffers from independentcistis!!!) If they weren't cute you'd totally return them for a full refund!!!

nikkicrumpet said...

LOL he had it all planned out. And you forgot to mention that he uses them to punish us for being bad to our own parents lol

Stephanie said...

This is a great post Jen. It's so true. Cole spilled his water at the table yesterday and said, "Ugh, seriously?!" It was super funny!! I am totally his mom.

Jodie said...

Oh, that sounds like my son who just turned 2 in January. His favorite saying is, "No, Cooper do it." Very frustuating! Can't wait until he turns 3!

LisAway said...

It IS a good thing! Otherwise, I am sure there would be a lot fewer three year olds in this world.

Super cute post, right down to the dimpled elbows. And so true, all of it. (I can't wait until Aaron's three! Although I love him at two, too)

Boy Mom said...

Hey, God blessed me with chubby cheeks and dimpled elbows... I'm going to try some tantrums.

I love your posts, glad the computer issues aren't stopping them.

Kendra said...

Oh, I can't wait to see her in August! Our kids can have so much fun together! Yes, I totally remember the 3-stage and yes, I agree it's so much worse than the "terrible" twos. Just let me know one thing: is it worse with girls than boys, or do boys really ever care what they're going to wear, how their hair's fixed, etc?

Melanie J said...

This is totally my mother-in-law's theory. She insists extreme cuteness is the only reason my twin nephews are still alive.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I've thought that MANY times... GIRL, you are LUCKY you are so cute or you'd be in BIG trouble!!! lol! My youngest is about to turn 4... and I thought her independence would be better... ummmm... it's not!

jane said...

seriously.

three year olds are the cutest. so cute in fact, that after my husband and I had two girls, we were done having kids. then when our second girl was almost three, during her times of ultra-cuteness we would get so sad thinking about this being our last three year old. so we had another. then when our son was almost three, same story, during his times of "say the most hilarious things, do the most hilarious things, incredibly loving, cuteness..." we planned another. it is going to take some STRONG mind/will-power when this last child is almost-three to NOT HAVE ANOTHER one...because everything pre-two and a half is way too hard. :)

kanishk said...

She will sit there and scream for me to come, then wait until I do. Dolls tend to be naked around our house as well.

Work from home India