The Year of Three

My memory is not as good as it used to be. I actually wonder if I ever had a good memory but I recall being sassy and reciting conversations word for word to people who dared question me. Sounds like magic now. I started keeping a journal for the frog princess when I found out I was pregnant. I’m glad I did because I wouldn't know certain things if I hadn't written them down. Like the exact date that I felt her move. Or the time her dad and I talked about her name and he suggested the magical one she now carries.

The frog princess is 3 (going on 32). I’m thankful for this blog because now my milestones are somewhere in these posts. Potty training, weaning, her first day of school. I’m also thankful for those emails I receive from BabyCenter to help me look back and assess the milestone situation. Emails with titles like:

  • Your 3-Year-Old: Handling Bedwetting
  • Your 3-Year-Old: Your Little Chatterbox
  • Your 3-Year-Old: Manners Matter

And my personal favorite that I obviously have not read and would've saved myself some stress if I had: Your 3-Year-Old: Birds and Bees.

This blog has become a milestone keeper for me. Social media in general, actually. There, you will find pictures of the first day of school, Halloween, her birthday, Christmas.

And of course, pictures of you and your books.

Swimming in Books

Photos are not relegated to an acid-free photo album or envelopes for when we have time to file. I am afraid we will miss these things later on. I remember how mami put together photo albums for me full of pictures of me as a baby (and a 3-year old just like my girl).

But I worry. Worry that I won’t have captured enough. This year has been magical. THREE! My baby girl has been three for months and I still marvel at it. She looks like a kid now, having shot up a few inches recently and losing some of that baby fat. I love that when I’m changing her, she will stand on the bed in front of me wearing her undies and she’ll then wrap those lanky arms and legs around me.

The year of three is when you started hugging me like a big kid.

The year of three has brought back febrile seizures which we thought were gone. I’m waiting for the milestone when I don’t have to write about those anymore.

A Note to the Frog Princess

The year of three is my favorite so far. As with so many milestones, it’s bittersweet. Because I’ve lost my record keeper. The treasurer of my stories who could sit next to me while I told a tale of your latest shenanigans and make connections to my own milestone at that age.

But even without her here, I remember hazily. At three, I was still living in Dominican Republic. I was sassy, very small and extremely close to my mami. It was just the two of us then, as papi lived in the US. I remember school uniforms and throwing a tantrum one day when I did not want to go to school. I also remember all the trouble I got myself into that day. Which reminds me of the tantrums you threw recently while I dropped you off at school. Like my mami, I didn't budge and left you there even though my instincts wanted to scoop you up and hold you.

The year of three.

We sing loudly and you have not yet figured out I am not a good singer so you happily ask me to join in. Except when you have specific parts you want to sing. You've been able to sit through DVD’s of some of my favorite Disney movies (over and over and over and over and over). You like to ask me if we can go buy yogurt at the store and get into gargantuan arguments with me when I tell you that you must get a job so you can pay for your snacks. Here are some of the excuses you’ve given me as to why you cannot:

  1. I’m just a little girl (though most days you argue that you’re a big girl)
  2. I can’t drive the car! (and when I ask you to ride your bike to work…)
  3. I don’t want people to see me on my bicycle (though I have no idea why)

I love those arguments because you are adamant about your stance. Complete with one hand on your hip, the other hand waving in the air and expressive face. I wonder where you get that from.

When I told you about Shot@Life and how some parents were not able to help their children your face formed extreme concern and you asked me “mami, can we help them?”. I’m sure you have no clue why I randomly hug you tight when you say things like that. I’m already proud of the person you are.

We dance a lot at three. We conga to bath time and cha-cha to take naps. Dancing is one of your “fahvite” things. Watching you dance is one of mine.

Four is around the corner. More emails with milestones. More singing, more laughter. More challenges ahead. I promise to do better at documenting your journey if you promise to continue to make this journey as magical as three has been.

Comments matter this month and I would love nothing more than to hear from you about what your “fahvite” part of three is.

Blogust_300x50-b This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation that educates, connects and empowers the championing of vaccines as one of the most cost effective ways to save the lives of children in the world’s hardest to reach places.

During Shot@Life’s Blogust, 31 bloggers, one each day in August, are writing about moments that matter. For every comment on this post and the 30 other posts, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines). A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. We can change this reality and help save kids’ lives!

Sign up here for a daily email so you can quickly and easily comment and share every day during Blogust! Stay connected with Shot@Life at www.shotatlife.org, join the campaign on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. And don’t forget to check out Dresden Shumaker over at Creating Motherhood on August 4th as we continue the Blogust journey.

Year of Three

Mamis Helping Mamis Through Shot@Life

Disclosure: giveaways were donated to this great cause. Winners will be selected via random.org

With Mother's Day fast approaching, I am honored to be taking part in the Shot@Life campaign. My friend Nicole from Sister from Another Mister put together this great link up to bring awareness to the cause. I hope you take the time to find out more about what Shot@Life is. In the coming months, you will hear me talking about it and I would love it if you would join me in supporting this great cause.

My girl had a seizure this past week and though it has happened before, it doesn't get any easier. That helpless feeling is heartwrenching. Knowing that there's nothing I can do during the time when it is happening and being able to do nothing but hold her, rock her and speak to her during the post-seizure sleep brings new appreciation for a few things. I can't help but put myself in the position of moms who hold their kids until they take their last breath because they had no access to vaccines.

I cannot take on all of the problems of the world but with $20 I can vaccinate a child for his or her entire lifetime to ensure that a mother will not have that heartbreak.  Can you join me along with these fabulous women?

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Each blogger has linked a post about Motherhood to raise awareness for the importance of global vaccinations and called on her readers, fans, friends and family to pledge, to donate and to help make a difference. Consider writing a post, donating to link and sharing in the link up between May 8th and May18th. You can leave as many comments as you like on the main page with a min. $1 donation for each comment. Both linkers and commenters will be in the running for the giveaways that have generously been donated.

The rules are simple:

  1. $10 dollar minimum to link your post
  2. $1 for each comment, and you may come back and comment as many times as you like
  3. Donations are tax deductible
  4. The donation page is right here if you would like to read it now.
  5. Give aways will be for both linkers and commenters and chosen by a generated program

Link up, comment and share with Sisters From Another Mister and 20 AWESOME BLOGGERS making a difference May 8th through May 18th!

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Contribute with a blog post and/or comment here and don't forget to make your donation!

Thank you & happy Mother's Day!

It's the Shot@Life #BirthdayBash!

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I've been quiet all week because there's so much going on. Yikes! All good things, though. The big thing this week? Shot@Life is celebrating its first birthday and it's also World Immunization Week! How awesome is that?

I've recently been selected as a Shot@Life Champion and I am happy to report I'm making friends all over the place! Today, in honor of Shot@Life's first birthday, I want to introduce you to a Champion across the pond.  Her name is Courtney and I have had the pleasure of meeting her through this cause. I am looking forward to making great friendships as we band together to help educate, connect and empower others to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.

Why did you get involved?

In my work for several non-profit groups, I have traveled to a number of developing countries and visited health clinics and rural areas where I saw children who were suffering from preventable illnesses such as dehydration. I met their parents and will never forget them - these mothers and fathers want to give their children a chance to live healthy lives just like all parents….but huge challenges often stand in their way.   There’s nothing more heart-breaking as a parent than watching your child suffer any pain, or witnessing them fight an illness – especially a preventable one. What if there is no access to medical facilities and preventive care? What so many of us consider standard and preventive care is a faraway dream for so many children and families in the world.

I feel fortunate that my sons have access to great medical and preventive care - and through Shot@Life we can all support the millions of sons and daughters around the world that also deserve that “shot at life”. Expanding access to vaccines can prevent an additional 1.5 million deaths a year. We can all help make that happen.

Tell me about the Shot@Life Champions:

I attended the Shot@Life training and meeting in Washington DC earlier this year – during which I spent time on Capitol Hill meeting with Congressional staffers about the importance of vaccines.  I have also written about the campaign and encouraged my friends, family members and network to join and learn more about the issue. By visiting the website you can learn more about ways to get involved and spread the word in your community.

Why Shot@Life?

I think the Shot@Life movement is a great one because it is serious and urgent but also accessible and easy to understand and join.  Immunizations make sense – scientifically, medically, economically – and morally.  I think all children should have the opportunity to live, to pursue their dreams and to reach their innate potential without fear or preventable barriers. By supporting shot@life we can help more children to have those opportunities. Shot@Life combines the practical arguments and facts with human compassion, connectedness and action.  Everyone can be a part of this movement.

Check out Courtney's adorableness:

You can find some of Courtney's musings over at The Sunny Side of the Road and wherever else her words might take her.

For more information about Shot@Life's Birthday Bash check out their blog. Want to read up on more Champions and how you can help? Follow the chatter on Twitter and check out the #BirthdayBash hashtag or head on over to Facebook and see what the buzz is all about.