Little Meetings

It’s a week to go to Little Zs birthday and I find myself wondering how that year has flown by so quickly and how on earth he will be 3 years old. Three!

I remember dreading his first birthday. The lead up to it was mildly stressful. It felt as if I was losing his babyhood in the blink of an eye and that it wouldn’t return. I had no idea how much fun the next year would be, the year he would walk and talk. Bearing that in mind, his second birthday was much less traumatic and much more intriguing.

Likewise whilst its a bit sad Little Z will be turning 3 in a week I know the next year will be just as much fun, just as challenging and just as interesting. All at once. Exhaustingly so probably. And I find myself reflecting on “this time last year”.

This time last year my biggest worry was that little Z just would not let go of my leg and talk or socialises with other humans large or small. Outside of his little comfort zone of family and friends he would frown or bawl his eyes out depending on bravery levels that particular day. If you were a friend or family member that hasn’t seen him for a week or more then you were evicted out of that comfort zone pretty quickly.

A year on, on holiday, I noticed how far he’s come in a year. He now declares someone is his friend within one meeting, if he likes them, and doesn’t hold back in showing signs of that friendship. It doesn’t even matter how old they are and whether or not they speak English. He is at the golden age where he doesn’t care what people think as there’s no such thing as bad at the moment.

Like the little meeting with his neighbouring passenger on our flight, the man from Oman who was in Scotland on a course relating to improving oil production. He was on his way home after 6 long weeks. Little Z showed him Sarah and Duck. We’re pretty sure he wasn’t besotted with it but he did laugh a lot as Little Z tried to jump all over him.

Or the Korean couple that were in the hotel room next to us. We caught Little Z talking to the man through the slats of our balcony. After that he would randomly ask “where’s my friend gone”.

Or the Dutch lady who was on a two and a half week relaxing break at the resort. Once Little Z had overcome his fear of the pool, he would regularly ask her if she’d like to go to little centre piece “jacuzzi” attraction. He named it “the bubbles”. She obliged almost daily unless we whisked him away in time to give her a bit of a break.

I think it’ll be a week of reminiscing as we hurl out of the twos and straight into the threes like a little hurricane. I hope they’re just as much fun as the twos were.

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World December 9, 2013 / 6:24 am

    Bless him! Having read so much about Little Z, I can’t believe he was EVER shy! It really is amazing how far they come in a year. Hope he has a lovely birthday.

  2. AtoZ Mummy December 9, 2013 / 7:24 am

    Mashallah what a little star 🙂 I find it adorable when little children form friendships with adults like that. Our Z has always been like that and loves to chat to people. I find it hilarious how he decides who he likes and does time- must be a small child sixth sense! Incredible 🙂
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  3. Erica Price December 9, 2013 / 8:36 am

    Bless him – he’s so sociable now isn’t it? H has a habit of doing similar things and is quite happy to talk to unfamiliar people.
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  4. Jaime Oliver December 9, 2013 / 9:38 am

    yay little Z what a fantastic upcoming birthday to have!!

    time really does fly doesnt it!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (I cant wait to read all about his birthday) x
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  5. Mummy of Two December 9, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    They grow so fast don’t they. Three is a great age, hard work but great fun and it’s lovely to watch their personalities grow. Hope you all have a great day!
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  6. Charly Dove December 9, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    What a wonderful post Tas – I love that Little Z makes ‘friends’ so quickly. POD does that too. It’s very true what you said about one being mildly stressful. Z sounds like such a fabulous little man, you should be immensely proud. Try not to be too sad about him being 3, I’m sure it will be a great ride too. Maybe remind me of that when POD is 3! Lovely post thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory
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  7. Rhian @melbs December 9, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Aww lovely – time goes by so quickly doesn’t it. I can’t quite believe mine will be 3 in March either- and that by that time I will have a 2 month old xxx
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  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 9, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Oh, it goes so fast – but you are absolutely right that each year just brings more fun! I look forward to hearing all about Z’s birthday 🙂
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  9. L_A_C_E_ December 9, 2013 / 7:48 pm

    Kids are so sweet! I forgot Master L and Master Z are so close with their birthdates. Wednesday is the big 3 for us and Saturday is our party. Time goes too fast! Best wishes on his birthday!!

  10. Franglaise Mummy December 10, 2013 / 11:24 am

    Birthdays are a great time to reflect, and 3 is such a fab age – enjoy! We’ve just hit 7 and that’s my scariest birthday yet!
    Popping over from #MagicMoments
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  11. Mary @AsturianDiary December 10, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    Aw, what a sweetie! You really notice how quickly time flies by once you have kids, don’t you? Scary! My little boy is just gone 4 now….and it’s still the most adorable age. Super snuggly and loving and so much fun. I don’t want the cuddles to stop ever!!
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  12. Oana79 December 10, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    Oh, definitely, next year will be even more exciting! For him especially as he will understand more and look forward to it for months :-)!
    Linking in from Magic Moments.
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  13. Katie @mummydaddyme December 10, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    Oh how sweet! He sounds like he is a very confident little thing! Mads is a bit more shy around strangers but she eventually warms to people. I can’t believe they are going to be three! x
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  14. Hayley @hayleyfromhome December 11, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    It’s lovely when they are so innocent that everyone they meet can be a friend, wouldn’t it be great to see the world in such a positive way! Sounds like he is becoming a proper little boy and very sweet too x
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