I can’t believe that my oldest turned 3. I wrote about Keaton’s 3rd party, but since I don’t do monthly blogs past 1 year, I really want to keep in the habit of talking about them at their birthday.
Having a child changes you. Having a second child changes you even more.  I can’t comment beyond that capacity, but I do think the more kids you have, there is probably a smaller impact of change on the parent. When I look back at the posts I’ve written about Keaton when he was a baby, I just see how central he was to everything we did at the stage of life. And I wonder how that affects first children. Obviously not all first children are the same, but there are lots of first child qualities that resonate across the board. These pictures perfectly sum up Keaton

and a little cautious

yet brave

He’s a curious, lover of nature

passionate, emotional and obstinate

fun-loving, silly little man

Sometimes at 3, I just love this little person to pieces. Keaton’s hilarious and quirky. He says the funniest things, has the best imagination. He is so stinking good at conniving and negotiating. His little spirit is so passionate about everything he does, he quickly makes you love, everything he loves.

But on the other end of this stick, he is SOOOO bossy. Like the bossiest 3 year old ever. He is easily angered and so fiercely protective of his brother, I get scared when people cross Beckham and Keaton is around to see it. One minute he’s sensitive to discipline and the next he is as stubborn as a mule.

Funny enough, he runs around calling me Stacia and his dad, Jacob. And he is SOOO curious. Keaton loves nature and animals so much, he barely talks about anything else. This boy LOVES to cook, like let me boss you around and tell you how to cook, even though I’m only 3. I must stir every pot or be involved in every food making process. Speaking of food, the kids loves food. Once I read the term koodie (kid foodie) and that is so him. He says, “oh yum, wow, this is delicious. This is my favorite ever, I love this”… at almost every dinner we make. HE LOVES DESSERT even more, (if that’s possible) and I’ve never met a 3 year old who likes dark chocolate as much as him.

K loves to learn, and run circles around house, and to be a human buffalo. He wakes up every morning revving to go saying, “oh, it’s a beautiful day today” even when it’s cloudy. Keaton was a fairly even tempered little baby, but he was definitely passionate about the things he loved and did, and that’s only magnified in his preschool years.

Even though this strong willed, determined little boy makes me want to lose my mind sometimes, I know he will turn out to be such a strong leader (for his family, and future wife and the world) and that makes all the work of raising him just fine!