1, 2, 3…


Today you are turning three.

Three is such a big number.

You are such a big boy.

Three makes sense for the way you are. Three doesn’t make sense for the way I am.

You are bright-eyed and eager. You are involved, engaged and participating. You are simultaneously an independent force and a dependent mass.

You run.
You jump.
You climb.
You dream.

You talk. And talk. And talk.

You are sweet and silly. You are a magnet for hugs. You are a giggle machine.

You are an entertainer. A watcher. A thinker. An artist.

Just watching you makes my heart tighten.

You are ready for three.

I am not. I can’t hold you back. I wouldn’t hold you back because three is big for you. Three is big for me too. Three is the end of an era.

Three ends baby.


Goodbye sweet baby.

Hello big boy…

Happy Birthday Rhett.
I love you!


  1. You made me get all teary.

  2. Angie Ledbetter says:

    HH, you need to take those words, add photos (or your famous “drawerings”) and make big man Rhett his own personalized book! Awesome picture of the birthday boy reclining in his spiffy duds.

  3. jill jill bo bill says:

    That picture is GQ’s next cover. Too cute! Happy Birthday, Rhett!!!

  4. Happy birthday, little man.

    I remember the age of three. It’s the first time I can remember actually telling someone how old I was, and in my memory, I am so proud . . .

  5. Happy Birthday Rhett!

    That last picture is classic 3 year old!

  6. the planet of janet says:

    happy birthday, rhett!

    that photo is classic!

  7. Happy Birthday to the little man!

  8. That was lovely…
    Happy Birthday to your little man

  9. Weaselmomma says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!! I just turned 3(6) the other day. Never forget to run and climb and play.

  10. Eudea-Mamia says:


    Now you’ve done. I want another baby.

    Youngest will be 3 in March.


    Happy Birthday dear, sweet Chicken!

  11. Happy 3rd birthday to your son!! That was beautifully written; I was also moved to tears.

  12. Great post. And I love the attitude in the last picture!

  13. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you!

  14. Awwwww!! Happy Birthday Rhett!
    Those pictures are just more precious than words.

    Happy BIRTH-day to you Momma!!

    So sweet.

  15. Threeundertwo says:

    And yet *you* never get a day older! It’s remarkable really.

    Happy birthday little man. Soon you’ll be picking out mommy’s nursing home.

  16. I hope that he’s having a great birthday!! Today’s my birthday too.

  17. That’s such a sweet little poem you wrote about your baby. Makes me teary-eyed. My guy just turned 8.

  18. Mandy @ Adventures of a Millennium Mom says:

    Awww…He is so cute! They get big too fast though!!

  19. It’s hard to let go of baby, isn’t it?! That’s probably why my “baby” slept with his pacie til (shhh don’t tell anyone) FOUR. I was in total denial.

    Happy Birthday to Rhett!

  20. Lisa@verybusymomwith4 says:

    Happy happy birthday RHETT 🙂

  21. Happy Birthday Rhett!

  22. Elaine A. says:

    Happy Birthday to your “baby!” : )

  23. Threeboys1mommy says:

    Did y’all have some peanut butter birthday cake? … oh and how did you get him to strike that pose? Love it! Happy Birthday Rhett.

  24. Karen MEG says:

    Wow, three, happy birthday!!! That’s awesome.

    And I love those big boy shiny shoes … how sweet you are, Rhett!

  25. spinning in our own direction says:

    WAAAHHHH.. That is just to hard to believe the baby is 3!!!He’s been the baby for so long.. I love him as the baby. WAAHHHH.. There is just no way he is 3!!! I love the Pic!! THat is hillarious. THat I think will be in his office one day. Sorry we missed the pancake party, WE do have a present he can get manana.
    I just can’t believe he is 3.. HOw did this happen??

  26. Domestic Accident says:

    Happy Birthday, Rhett!

  27. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins says:

    Oh Lordie! That last picture of Rhett – whatta ham!

    Happy birthday to your baby!

  28. Those pictures of him are so adorable. Happy birthday Rhett.

  29. Reluctant Housewife says:

    Aw! Happy Birthday to Rhett!

    I love that last picture of him. Such shiny shoes!

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