the third

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January 25, 2012

I knew there was risk in her first haircut, and, sure enough, after I clipped off her baby curls, they didn’t come back. Her hair hangs mostly lank over her ears – and just long enough now to pull into a ponytail.

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February 2012

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March 2012

A year ago today, she woke up in a crib.

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April 2012

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May 2012

And today, she isn’t a baby. Isn’t a toddler. 

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June 2012

Three is a preschooler. Is a kid. 

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July 2012

She has a pair of shoes she calls her running shoes (brown and pink). And a pair she calls her jumping shoes (silver and pink).

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August 2012

Today, she asked to wear her dancing shoes (black) with striped tights and a polka-dot skirt. 

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September 2012

She is a runner and a jumper and a dancer. 

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October 2012

She is incandescent. 

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November 2012

“I don’t need to be holded,” she reminded me the other morning at breakfast.

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December 2012

“But, Mama,” she said a few seconds later. “Can you hold me?”

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January 25, 2013

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