and then you were THREE!

Oh, my sweet Griffin. Today you are 3 years old. I can't wrap my head around it because I still vividly remember the night before you were born like it was yesterday. I remember crying as I tucked Grayson in that night because I couldn't imagine loving another baby boy as much as I loved him.  My heart grew the day you were born.  You were the 2nd baby boy I never knew I needed so much.
Griffin, you bring so much JOY to our lives. To know you is to love you. You are a little ball of energy and you are SO funny.  You keep us all laughing every day. I know you are now the middle child, but those big blue eyes just make me melt & your Daddy says you will have me wrapped around your finger for the rest of your life. There is just something about that middle kid!
You love life so much. The most simple things bring you so much happiness.  I love that about you. You are kind, smart, silly, & the best cuddler. And my only cuddly baby. God really knew that I needed a snuggly baby! You give the best "squeezes" and tell me you love me a thousand times a day.  You still love trucks, all kinds of animals, superheroes, singing & dancing, & playing outside...unless it is too hot. If there is one thing you don't love, it's the Tennessee heat in the summertime! You have the best little mixes of personality.  Most of the time you are pretty fearless, but when you are feeling nervous, you still need us to hold your hand or give you a hug so that you feel comfortable. You are loud, loud, loud at home. Full of silly & fun energy. But at school & church? You are much more of an observer. You adore Grayson & pretty much think he hung the moon. Y'all play so well together & are best buds!
The highlight of this past year was definitely watching you become a big brother. I was SO NERVOUS about that transition. You were definitely Mama's baby & we didn't know how you would feel about another baby joining the family. Well, you did great. You are such a sweet big brother to Cheney. She is your "Cheney baby" & you are just so proud that she is yours. You are pretty smitten by her still & she thinks you are just the funniest thing.  You two have a funny relationship & I think you will be the best of friends. I have been so proud of you this year with such a big change!

Griffy, thank you for making my world brighter. You will do big things in life, I just know it! I often say I want to freeze time because everyone should get to have a 2.5 year old Griffin in their life at all times; however, I just love watching you grow up and learn new things. You can grow up all you want but you will always be your Mama's baby!
Happy 3rd birthday, Griffin! We love you BIG!