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Three, it’s a magic number.

February 13, 2013  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Today is Greta’s birthday! We had a hard, hard day yesterday (if you follow us on Facebook, you know all about the paint catastrophe), but today we are celebrating, and maybe tomorrow I’ll work on removing more evidence of pink paint.  No more sad tears today. I feel like Greta has been in our lives for an eternity.  In a good way.  She makes us happy, whole, tired, excited, active, funny, parents.  Watch what we say. Watch what we do.  She makes us better people.  She makes us a family. What on earth did I do before Greta?!  (Hint. My house was always clean and I was 15 pounds heavier!)
Greta has always been the most active child I have ever met. She loves to run! And jump! And never stops moving.  And never stops getting into stuff.  When she was a baby, she would empty all of the kitchen drawers and now she is emptying whole closets, and lotion containers…and paint cans.  She is creative and sweet and sassy. And holy cow—three!
Last night we snuck 70 some balloons in her bedroom while she was sleeping and she woke up and went “swimming” in them.
And then I threw some more in her morning bath. (Who needs bubbles?!)
Happy Birthday Greta.  We love you and shhh, you’re our favorite child! ;)
PS. The day Greta was born (a video!) and her birth story (it’s short)!

What do you think?

  1. love the balloons! my daughter doesn’t turn 3 until next month, but i’ve already bought a felt birthday banner and some balloons so that we can surprise her when she wakes up.

  2. She really loved the balloons and hey.. I love those 3D butterfly arts on the wall.

  3. I can never get enough of birth stories and just read yours. When I scrolled down I saw your husbands comment. too sweet!

  4. katrina says:

    oh my goodness she must have exploded with happiness when she saw all the balloons!! what a cute surprise, i love it. i will have to remember this for if/when i have kids!!

  5. she is such a gorgeous little girl. I love the room filled with balloons!

  6. Happy Birthday Greta girl!!!!!!!!! We love you so much!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Greta!

  8. Laura says:

    She had to send off the terrible two’s in a grand finale, huh? ;)
    Happy birthday. She’s so adorable.

  9. Maria says:

    Awww Happy Birthday Greta the Great, my little one turns 3 in April. Where does the time go?

    That paint fiasco was one for the record books. I gasped for you when I saw the photo on facebook.

  10. Mama says:

    We do balloons before birthdays too! It’s a tradition my mom started with me and my four siblings… she only forgot once!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Greta!!!!!

  12. Love the balloon surprise! So sweet! Happy Birthday little lady.

    And now I’m stuck on that song…. 3 it’s the magic number. Yes it is….

  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRETA THE GREAT!! We love watching you grow up. It happens too fast. Our little guy turns ONE in 2 weeks.

    Give us an update on the paint situation… my jaw hit he floor when I saw the picture on FB. I almost cried with you!!

  14. This is awesome! My little man turns four next month and I have to steal this balloon idea – genius! And just heard about the paint – oh my! Keep us posted… Good luck. Greta is so sweet :)

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