Almost a month ago (on June 24th), Jackson turned three years old. The night before his birthday, I went down the rabbit hole of looking at old pictures and videos (anyone else do that?), which of course brought on all sorts of emotions. It’s amazing to me and also kind of scary how quickly you forget the earlier phases. All I can say is thank God for cameras!
We are so proud of the little person Jackson has become. Although this past year certainly had its share of challenges (hello terrible twos!), it was a great one overall. Jackson’s language really exploded over the last twelve months–sometimes I can’t believe the things that come out of his mouth!–and it’s so fun being able to have real conversations with him now. At times I forget that he’s just three because he seems much older intellectually, but then a temper tantrum will quickly remind me that he is in fact only three years old!
We have some big things in store for this year, including starting pre-K. Up until his third birthday, Jackson was attending a local daycare twice a week all day. Although the pre-K program is during regular school hours and isn’t quite as long of a day, it’s five days a week, so it’s going to be a big adjustment. And not just for Jackson, but for me too! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about it, but mostly I’m excited because I think it’s going to be great for Jackson. I’m just not looking forward to the transition, which I know is going to be a rough one. There will be tears shed (from both of us), I’m sure, and most likely a lot of resistance at first. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that we both adjust quickly!
For now, I’m trying to enjoy the summer with my little guy because I know it’s going to pass by in the blink of an eye. And then we will start the morning rush out the door!
Here are some of my favorite pictures of two-year-old Jackson, and a few from his birthday…