Danielle is 3!

Danielle is 3!

Our baby girl is three (3) today! It's so hard to believe she is that old. This past year has been such a whirlwind and Dannie has changed so much. She is growing up so quickly and isn't my squishy little baby anymore!

This girl is full of personality. There is not a dull moment at all with her around. She is sweet, caring, loud, funny, silly, dances her heart out, sings like it's going out of style, hugs you with all her might and smiles with her whole body. (The first picture she was trying to wink. It's not just a picture up her nose.)

Dannie loves her brother and sister. She wants to copy everything Maddie does (Maddie is usually a good sport about it). They play together, laugh together, share a room, and are the best of friends. They do have their fair share of fighting and getting on each other's nerves, but for the most part, they get along great. Dannie is always thinking about Maddie even when Maddie is at school. Today when I was getting a cake pop for her, she told me she wanted to get one for Maddie, too. Then told me I wasn't supposed to call Maddie “sister” because Maddie doesn't like it. Always looking out for each other. 🙂

Dannie loves her brother, too. She insists that Alex can only be called “my baby”. She gets furious with you if you call him something else. She wants to help him if he needs it (sometimes a little too vigorously) and is starting to get the hang of playing with him and not just tossing a toy his direction. She shares her toys and is always willing to bring him a toy or help me do something for him. At night, she loves helping me put him to bed and wants to sing him a song, kiss him and say good night.

She is headstrong like most kids her age. She is determined and stubborn and tests all her boundaries. She wants to do everything herself and things need to be done in the correct order or way or the world may end! She likes picking her own clothes. Pajamas and her Rapunzel dress are her favorites. She's very curious and likes trying new things and she's turning into a little daredevil at the park. She's doing all the right things for her age, but it sure is exhausting.

Currently, she insists that you call her “Big Girl”. Nothing else will suffice.

She's very silly. She loves singing songs (at the top of her lungs) and dancing around (mostly spinning). She plays nicely by herself and will have some very funny conversations to herself (friends) while she is playing.

Dannie is my mini-me. It freaks me out at times. She is loud and obnoxious and just wants to be in your pocket. I am pretty much the same way. 🙂

She is a snuggler. The only problem is she snuggles very vigorously and leads with her pointy limbs! And she can't sit still at all. But she means well, so it's hard to be too upset even when you are in pain. And usually she likes to give you a really sweet kiss right before you are ready to toss her off your lap. She is the sweetest.

She is fluent with the iPad and loves coloring. She's getting really good at staying in the lines and drawing things. She loves Curious George (she calls him “monkey George”), Rainbow Dash (her favorite My Little Pony), her blanket (which she says “gankie”), and ice cubes in her water.

She was sick recently and she was so tired for a couple days she couldn't stay awake. She stopped taking naps a while ago, so it seems so strange when she naps during the day. Thankfully, all the kids are finally (mostly) healthy again.
Next week we have her three year checkup at the doctor (along with Alex's one year checkup). Tomorrow we are having a little party for Dannie and Alex with a few of our friends. This morning I made her pancakes (with sprinkles and chocolate chips) and we picked out ice cream to have when dad gets home from work. And we will be doing more celebrating in the coming weeks.
Happy birthday, Big Girl! We all love you to pieces and can't wait to see what this next year holds.


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