Almost 3

In a little over a month Sarah is going to be 3 years old. 3. Years. How in the world did time go so quickly? I blame sleep regression, and time travel. Mostly the lack of sleep though. What did I do with my time before I had children? Did I nap all the time? If not I should have.

It’s incredible how much Sarah has learned lately. Her brain is absorbing things quicker than I can spew good information out.
Hearing her have real adult conversations blows my mind. She may be small but she talks just like we do. Hearing her spout out entire, and correctly ordered, sentences with full recognition of what she’s saying. Asking questions about everything. Wanting to know how I’m feeling and what words mean. We’ve always spoken to her the same way we talk to everyone else and I think that shows itself in her conversational skills. #mombragmoment

She is almost completely potty trained. Keyword: almost.
The other day she was asking for a diaper while wearing panties (she does this when she needs to poop). I was doing dishes and the next thing I know she comes back into the kitchen, wearing a pull-up and tells me she needs to be changed. That’s a clear picture of a kid that should be out of diapers. Changing herself INTO a diaper. Crazy child. For some reason, although she’s done it several times before, Sarah will have nothing to do with using the bathroom for her #2 business. I’m really hoping she will have the realization that it’s the way to go, because as much as we want her too, you can’t make a kid go in the potty (trust me, I’ve tried!)

We are really pleased that Sarah is still good at taking an afternoon nap. While she doesn’t get one daily, which is more of a scheduling problem than lack of need, she is great at sleeping for 2-3 hours. ::Everyone please hold while I go knock on wood::

In the past month or two Sarah has started finding her way into our bed during the night. She has been having issues with nightmares and while we used to go into her room when she woke upset, she has decided to just come into our room and crawl in the middle between Stephen and I. Thankfully she has learned to stay still so I’m not getting kicked and shoved, and she doesn’t do it nightly, but it is something I never expected and haven’t figured out how to handle yet. My sister recently gave Sarah a new light pillow. She just has to push a button and stars come on that light up the ceiling. She loves it and I think it has helped some, since she has been staying in her room a few more times than recently before. That’s parenthood though, a continual learning process. If nothing else, having 2 little ones has taught us that every child is different. You gotta keep trying til you figure out what works.

Now, for our normally broadcasted photo dump.


Playing at the park near the water is a favorite


Sarah has become a puzzle pro. She loves for us to watch her put them together


Dress up in the car with a scarf one of the youth at church, Eli, made her


She has become a big cuddler lately, which she never was as a baby


She talked me into donuts during a quick trip to Target


Digging her hole


She loves painting. LOVES all art. That makes me a happy mom


Cuddling with cousin Addison’s blanket during sunday school at church


Guys, we go through so much peanut butter. Not kidding. Buckets upon buckets.


She wanted to pull the wagon, so we let her.


Dry erase markers are awesome! Makes coloring cleanup super easy


Bubbles at Grandma & Grandpas


Playing outside at Nana & Papaws House


Visiting parks are so enjoyable for them AND me


Playing dress-up
(she moves quick, hence the iPhone blur)


Again, we love parks


Being a goofball


Swinging outside and showing off her lollipop


Sarah has started asking to eat cereal


Cereal? Out of a bowl? With milk AND an adult size spoon? Time, stop it! Stop it I say. Going way too fast.

It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we will have a 3 year old. I don’t notice how big she is getting until I look at pictures and see it right in front of my eyes. It’s like a before-after with people and weight-loss. You don’t notice the gradual changes if you are around it everyday. I am so thankful for pictures. For being able to see her growth over just a few days, weeks, and months. They change so quickly.

Sarah Elizabeth Ringl. Almost 3. I remember finding out we were pregnant, for the third time. Being afraid to get excited. Praying so earnestly for a healthy baby. Waiting and hoping anxiously for each new day, week, and month. Finding out we were having a girl. Picking out her name. The crazy experience of bringing her into this world. And now she is a full-fledged toddler. Very quickly developing her personality. Choosing to be hard headed at times and tender at others. Deciding if she wants mommy to get up and get her breakfast, or daddy to sit with her to share animal crackers. Each day she makes her own decisions. We are showing her that some things are up to her parents to decide, and she’s the one that has to choose to be obedient and listen. Shaping her to be a leader, and to know when and whom to follow. Praying that she will come to know the Lord at an early age. That she can know His love and grace and skip out on a lot of mistakes and instead have the opportunities to honor Christ and be His disciple.

She hears every word. See’s every action and reaction. Watches our responses and body language. Everything we do she is observing. When we laugh. Cry. Snap. Hold our tongue. Raise our eyebrows. Roll our eyes. Getting angry and short tempered. Use sarcasm. Children are a wonderful vessel to remind us to keep our minds, actions, and words in check. She is learning every moment of everyday based on the people she is around. I have no doubt that when she says “shoot”, “oh my goodness” or “Elanor, it’s okay, don’t cry sweetie.” That she has heard each of those statements straight from my mouth. I’m just thankful she has picked up on more of the good than bad.

When did this start turning sentimental… whoops. There’s proof for you that she brings out every side of me. From humor to education then back to humor again. If you made it this far in, you win 3500 awesome points. Congrats! Now it’s back to the other tabs you have opened in your browser.

2 Thoughts on “Almost 3

  1. Miriah on February 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm said:

    Im not a fan of this. Sarah is so sweet and precious as she grows.. but I’m not ready for her to be growing this much! The tinies need to stay tiny!

  2. Man… I could respond with SOOO much to this one… First of all, somehow I doubt it was that hard for her to TALK YOU INTO DONUTS! Somehow I don’t imagine much of a fight… She looks a WEEE bit large for the baby swing she’s in! PB on a spoon, this girl is after my own heart… Quite focused on her painting, I can’t wait until Graycie is able to concentrate like that and actually PAINT (as opposed to just blotting the brush all over the paper in chaotic madness).

    You’ve got a ton to be happy and thankful for. Sarah is awesome. She’s so bright, patient, sweet, and well mannered. Love hanging out with that girl.

    Very well written, truly inspired, and heartfelt entry in the life of Cassie Ringl.

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