Friday, February 9, 2018
Marshall Turns 3!
Our little Marshall man turned three years old! And what a fun year of growing and learning it has been. I'm truly amazed at the amount of change and development I've seen happen right before my eyes, yet all of a sudden he seems so grown up!
Don't let Mr. Serious fool you. He is quite the joker and loves to laugh and be silly. He is very smart. I know every parent probably says that, but he really is so curious and understands so much and his memory rivals that of an elephant. He's been having complete conversations with an impressive vocabulary for a long time. I'm often amazed by the big words he uses correctly! He's quite the chatter box. From the time he wakes up to the time he goes to bed there is a LOT of taking. And questions. And more questions. And I don't have all the answers! It's exhausting. But so much fun to watch him learn about the world and how things work. And how to fix things with tools. He's all about fixing things and changing batteries!
Our handsome fella. It's much more challenging to get a real smile on camera these days. When asked, he often does a cheesy forced smile. Photo shoots were much easier when he couldn't run away! He has such a fun-loving and goofy personality and he's wild (like most little boys)! He also has such a sweet, caring side and melts me when I least expect it. Sometimes he says the sweetest things!
If you know Marshall, you know how special he is. He loves to help and be "in charge", and he knows EXACTLY how he wants things done. He lives for snacks. All. The. Time. He likes trucks, tractors, 4-wheelers, and basically anything with an engine and wheels. He definitely knows how to push my buttons and tries to negotiate for what he wants.
He is a ball of energy and is excited to go places and try new things. I often wonder how to keep him busy and keep his mind engaged. I'm so glad he likes reading books with us, although he doesn't like to sit still for long. He loves his TV shows. I've been seeing more and more of his creative side which I like to think he gets from me. He's also a loud talker. I grew up in a very quiet household, so the noise level and commotion is still something I'm trying to get used to! I know it will only get worse with two boys running around! He likes to help me clean, which is awesome.
It's been a big year of change, as he became a big brother in November. He's definitely getting more used to sharing our attention, but it's still hard. He was our one and only for so long. He and I spent almost three years, just he two of us, together everyday. Things look different now, but I think he really loves Weston and is going to be a great (albeit rough and tough) big brother. I just love watching them interact!
We celebrated by baking a cake for his birthday at home and decorating it together. Marshall wanted chocolate chips (his favorite) and dumped all the sprinkles on top, after requesting that I write "Happy Birthday Marshall" and his favorite number, 640.
We also had a party for Marshall and a few friends at a local fun center. They played arcade games, made stuffed animals and ran around in the ball factory. It was a lot of fun!
I can't get over this comparison photo from Marshall's 2nd birthday compared to his 3rd, ironically wearing the same shirt. He looks like such a little baby at 2! Such a big boy now. Happy birthday to the boy who made us parents and continues to teach me so much about love, and life, and all things boy. We love you with all our hearts and can't wait to see what the year holds for you sweet boy!