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Sometimes I forget that Nerys is only just three.  She seems so much older at times.

She is so capable, and so determined.  The other day Rhys couldn’t unscrew the cap on his water pistol, so Nerys did it for him!  I really had to try hard not to giggle at her so confidently handling the situation for him.

After all her hard work sorting out the garden with Daddy last weekend, we’ve been able to spend more time out there.  It’s looking so much clearer and tidier.

The other day she spent ages out there, filling up her bucket from the tap and then pouring the water into a watering can, or onto the flower beds.

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She is getting to be so independent, which makes me feel both proud and a little sad.

Those baby days when she needed me completely are long gone and we’re well into the ‘let I do it’ zone now.  She heads into school so confidently, and I love hearing her chat to her teacher as she takes her coat off and hangs her bag up.

It does make my heart ache a little though, realising that she is starting to need me less.

I have to remind myself that this is what being a parent is all about.  Letting them grow up, letting them take those steps away from you, letting them find out for themselves what they’re capable of.

And this girl?  She is capable of so much.


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  1. Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 17/04/2017 / 8:03 am

    Love that photo she does look like she has it all in hand, my youngest is like this and at only 2 I fear she will overtake her sister in the capability stakes pretty soon! #LivingArrows

  2. Devon Mama 17/04/2017 / 9:02 am

    Such a gorgeous photo, really captures her independence!! that balance between letting them go and wanting to cling on to them forever is something I don’t think ever goes away… I can’t cope already and he’s not even a year yet!! #livingarrows

  3. Mammy 17/04/2017 / 11:03 am

    Be proud of her. You know girls are capable! But she will always be your little one, even when she is in her thirties!

  4. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 17/04/2017 / 12:34 pm

    This is starting to hit me all at once! My son has just turned 3 and until now he’s needed a lot of help with things, and even if he wants to do it himself, I’m used to having to step in and do it in the end once he’s given it a try. But more and more I’m noticing that he’s getting to be able to do things himself and it always surprises me – watching them grow up is such an eye-opening thing, and such a difficult emotional balancing act! #livingarrows

  5. Vicki @ tippytupps 17/04/2017 / 10:07 pm

    Beautiful picture. My two year old is starting to enter this stage though thankfully she still needs her mama for cuddles on a daily basis! #livingarrows

  6. Emma T 18/04/2017 / 11:35 pm

    That’s a lovely photo. And it’s true, we need to remember that we’re teaching them to be independent, however sad that makes us feel #livingarrows

  7. Donna 19/04/2017 / 9:40 am

    Three is definitely the age where they really start to grow up, understand the world and do more for themselves. It’s sad and amazing in equal measure. That photo is beautiful x

  8. Sophie Durrans 22/04/2017 / 9:58 pm

    How lovely to see! I keep saying I can’t wait until my little girl is old enough to be able to do bits of gardening. At the moment she just tries to eat the soil and pulls out the grass blade by blade!

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      23/04/2017 / 8:50 pm

      Haha, yes it is nice to be past the soil-eating stage! She’s really quite helpful out there now! x

  9. Sarah 23/04/2017 / 10:04 pm

    I know exactly what you mean – Toby starts school in September but he isn’t four until July and I sometimes forget that he’s still just a baby really. Nerys definitely looks like she knows exactly what she’s doing with that bucket anyway 🙂 #LivingArrows

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