Three Is The Magic Number

It was Syd’s birthday a few days ago, he is now a proud brand new three-year old – or a ‘Threenager’ as I have been warned! He is my baby, my youngest by nearly 8 years and definitely my last, and despite my best efforts to slow time down, his baby years have whizzed by and he is already three.


syd is three


I am treasuring things this time around, savouring the cuddles and smallness, not wishing him onto the next stage, but try as I might he is growing fast and is now a little boy with no hint of baby in sight and even toddlerhood is receding fast – his chubbiness is starting to fade and his physical abilities are losing that waddle and clumsiness as he masters new skills.

He talks ten to the dozen, using long words and full sentences. He has learnt that charm works, and can turn on that cheeky smile when he wants to get his own way. He often offers to ‘keep me company’ when I am trying to get jobs done that would be easier without a tiny helper, but he offers so nicely it is hard to say no.

Toilet training is getting there, albeit slowly. We have achieved total dryness, but only as long as he is naked from the waist down. Monday is the day when I finally ditch the nappies for good and face the world with a huge bag of spare clothes every time we leave the house. I am hoping it will only be a short spell of soggy bottoms and that I will be able to send him back to pre-school in three weeks with not a pull-up in tow. Wish me luck!

He is an utter joy to me and his Dad, and to his siblings. I had worried about how my then 7-year-old would cope with the arrival of a younger brother. He had been the baby and the only boy for so long that I thought his nose may be out of joint, but he adores his brother so much and it is an absolute pleasure to watch them together.

We had a lovely day for his birthday. He woke up saying he was still two, and didn’t want to be three, which lasted a whole 3 minutes before he spotted the pile of presents downstairs! We took him to see planes at Bournemouth Aviation museum – a fab place for fans of flying things, you can get in most of the cockpits and flick switches and wear captains hats.


bournemouth aviation museum

After a pub lunch we headed home for a tea party with his grandparents and best friend visiting for the occasion. Traditional birthday party fare of egg sandwiches and cheese and pineapple on sticks and cake and candles. He really enjoyed himself, and amazingly the day passed without a meltdown of any kind so I think for once I managed to judge the excitement levels just right, not too little and not too much!

So I can now have a rest after two big birthdays in 4 days, no more until October now thank goodness – my bank account needs time to recover!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. Seasiderinthecity
    August 18, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    What a lovely birthday he had. Threenagers are fine…it’s the little fourkers you have ot worry about 😉

  2. August 18, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Aww! Sounds like he had a lovely birthday!! He sounds like a lovely boy x

  3. August 18, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Happy belated Third Birthday Syd! Old skool birthday party food rules – this country was built on cheese and pineapple on sticks!

  4. August 18, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    I think three is the magic number as I have three, and there are six years between Dyl and Erin, it works just great. I love the age gaps as chloe is great for taking erin to the park or whatever!

    • August 24, 2014 / 11:00 am

      My age gap from oldest to youngest is 15 years, which is very handy for babysitting – boy I will miss that when she heads off to uni next year!

  5. August 19, 2014 / 6:35 am

    Happy (belated) birthday to Syd. He sounds and looks like an absolute delight. Glad you were able to get the birthday just right for him and lovely to read about how much his brother adores him.

  6. August 19, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Awww but 3 is still very little and so many more years to savor.

  7. August 19, 2014 / 11:57 am

    He’s still little enough for the baby cuddles! Why do they have to grow so quick? Can’t we pressed pause, just for 1 yr!? Xxx

    • August 24, 2014 / 11:01 am

      I cannot believe he will be going to school next year, I would love to out that off for another year on top!

  8. August 19, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Belated birthday wishes to Syd, sounds as though he had a fabulous day. My daughters are going to be 20 in a couple of weeks, I keep asking myself how can that have possibly happened? when it seems as though they were babies not so long ago!

    • August 24, 2014 / 11:02 am

      I know, Betsy is 18 and I cannot believe I have an adult child when I barely feel like an adult myself!

  9. August 19, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Happy belated birthday! Looks like the best day!

  10. August 19, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    Looks great fun!

  11. August 19, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    Looks like you all had a fantastic day – from another mum to three x x x

  12. August 19, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    Aaw how grown up – looks like a fun Birthday.

    We didn’t have a threenager attitude – mine were angels until they started reception 😉

    • August 24, 2014 / 11:02 am

      Mine have never been angels, and I wouldn’t have it any other way…..well…..mostly anyway!

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