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My Gorgeous Girl – Now You Are Three

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It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been an entire year since we made chocolate pasta, and a huge mess, to celebrate you turning two. I had a rather large belly back then that was housing your baby brother, and you loved snuggling up to it.

Over this year you have graduated from toddlerhood, and blossomed into a beautiful little girl. Confident and comfortable in your own skin, you certainly know your own mind. Preferring to do things your own way, you often put huge smiles on our faces with your little quirks and antics. The other day you were watching your sister pick her nose. I asked if she had found anything interesting up there, and you cutely replied “a booger mama, she found a booger up she’s nose”!

2014-08-16 15.56.05You are so physically able – flying down the road on your scooter, and already getting the hang of the bike your cousin passed on. You’re a fantastic little swimmer too, and can swim independently now with the buoyancy vest on. At the park you give the big kids a run for their money, which can lead to daddy and I having a minor heart attack! We get lots of compliments on how gorgeous you are, and although I’m biased, I couldn’t agree more.

2014-09-07 11.22.06Your current big loves include jigsaw puzzles, Noddy, Winnie the Pooh and dried figs. You declared one day that you “didn’t like lunch” and often have a massive breakfast, then just a few snacks throughout the day. Sometimes you have a decent dinner, sometimes not. It used to worry me, but it doesn’t anymore, it’s just the way you roll and that is fine.

2014-09-11 10.27.48You skipped the potty and went straight to the toilet using your training seat. After less than one week of accidents you’ve been amazing, and less than a month later, are already well on your way to being dry at night.

In a couple of weeks time you’ll start pre-school, and all of a sudden you seem very grown up! Our baby girl isn’t a baby anymore. She’s a big girl.

Happy third birthday Clara Belle, we love you very very much!

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  1. She’s just gorgeous. I hope she had an amazing birthday and has another fabulous year ahead of her x

  2. Beautiful pictures Reneé – she is very cute! Sorry for the late comment but hope she had a lovely birthday Xx

  3. […] our children’s births. It’s hard now to properly imagine them as newborns as they all look grown up their own […]

  4. Ah she is such a beauty! A belated happy birthday Clara 🙂 xx

  5. Happy 3rd Birthday beautiful. It goes so fast I have two that will be two and four this summer and I can’t believe it truly. It’s crazy Looks and sounds like she has had an amazing three years and great celebrations. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  6. Aww, lovely post, my little boy turned 3 in November and I look at him and wonder where the past 3 years have gone.
    Your girl is gorgeous! xx

  7. What an adorable little girl…and so grown up too, skipping the potty! Bravo!!! Good luck to her at pre-school, I am sure she will have a blast!

  8. Ahhh happy birthday to your gorgeous girl. Lovely letter to her. Love these, though they make me a bit emotional! Xxx

  9. She really is a beautiful little girl and she sounds like a daughter to be proud of. Happy birthday to her! x

  10. What a gorgeous little lady! Ahh this post really made me smile. So lovely and heartfelt. Also very impressed she likes figs. Sophisticated as well as beautiful! xx

  11. Happy birthday Clara! What a beautiful post. I hope she reads this when she’s older and can feel just how proud and in awe you are of her xx

  12. Oh that brought a tear to my eye. What a gorgeous post and gorgeous girl. Happy birthday Clara, you make mummy very proud xx

  13. Such a beautiful post, and a gorgeous little girl! I love those photos. She looks like such a happy little bean! I remember your chocolate pasta post from last year, he he! Happy birthday, Clara Belle!

  14. Such a sweet post! My MG turns 3 soon and there’s something quite emotional about the new stage in his little life coming up.

    Happy Birthday!

  15. Happy birthday to Clara Belle (what a lovely name) she is absolutely gorgeous isn’t she! A beautiful post. xx

  16. Lovely post hun my daughter just turned 3 as well such a lovely age Happy Birthday Clara Belle! x

  17. Aww lovely post, she is definitely gorgeous and sounds like a lovely little lady 🙂 lovely post! Xx

  18. What a beautiful post and little lady-it’s so full of love and happiness! Thanks for sharing #sharethejoylinky x

  19. She is such a sweetie! She clearly has a glowing personality. Happy birthday!

  20. Beautiful post Renee and a very happy birthday to your gorgeous girl. The wee girl turns three in about 6 weeks, I can’t believe it! Time is just speeding by and I recognise a lot of this post 🙂

  21. Beautiful photos and I love the boogers comment. Happy 3rd birthday to your beautiful little Clara Belle – I hope she has a wonderful birthday and good luck with starting preschool. Thank you for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

  22. Such beautiful photographs!! Happy 3rd birthday Clara x

  23. Happy Birthday Clara! And well done mummy on writing such a beautiful post. So precious and so important to capture the memories and their spirit at every age as they grow up so quick!

    Really lovely xxx


  24. Happy Birthday! A beautiful letter and gorgeous photo’s Renee xx

  25. Happy birthday Clara,

    Such beautiful pics and I didn’t realise your little one was the same age as mine. He was 3 in December and I recognise so much of what you say.

  26. awww Massive Happy 3rd Birthday! .. i love this age .. Joshua is just leaving this age behind and I miss the fact they are so independent but yet still need help.

    I hope she has the most magical day

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  27. Awww happy birthday Clara Belle! What a gorgeous post full of happy memories of her childhood that I’m sure she will LOVE to look back on as she grows up. Thanks so much for linking this up at #sharethejoy this week x

  28. What a beautiful little bean! Happy Birthday little one!

    – Gillian x

  29. Awww Happy Birthday,
    She sounds like an amazing little lady =D

  30. Happy Birthday to Clara. She’s hit so many big milestones in the last year, you must be excited to see her develop as she gets older. Popping in from Magic Moments.

  31. oh that’s lovely, birthdays are always bitter sweet aren’t they. Such a shame they grow up but its nice to see them learn new things. #sharethejoy

  32. Happy birthday, Clara Belle! What a gorgeous and wonderful girl she is. Our Kara turns three in May, and she seems very similar. This is a wonderful age for them to be, where their ability to communicate and their personalities really seem to develop at an enormous rate – they really do blossom before our eyes. Kara’s also a bit of a daredevil on her scooter – it’s almost like she was born on wheels.

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