Just One Last Snuggle


You’re full of energy this evening, a bouncing jelly bean that isn’t quite ready for bed. You’re little squidgy feet race upstairs, and with the enthusiasm that only a threenager can know, you somehow rebound off the walls in the process. Oh my gawd!!! I screech as you bounce off the side of the door as you run round the corner.  I hold my breath, but it’s ok, you are fine and already jumping on the bed.


Your hair is a cloud puff whirl, dancing and swirling with you. The duvets in a rumpled mess and pillows are flying as you squeal with glee. I know I should be telling you to slow down. That beds are not for jumping on, that’s why I persuaded daddy into buying a proper trampoline (which now takes up most of the garden). I should be telling you not to bounce so high… at the very least, in case you fall off. That if you don’t stop, your hair is going to be a complete tangle.


But I can’t.


I can’t bring myself to tell you these things. At least not right now, in your very last day of being a carefree threenager.


Its way past your bedtime by the time you finally start to slow. Daddy offers to read you your bedtime story for the first time in what seems like ages. I know you will say ‘no!’ that you only want mummy because I do the voices best.


This time I beat you to it.


You look up at me with a beaming smile, so delighted. Our little girl-tribe of two… no daddy’s aloud! He scratches his head. Shrugs. Then goes downstairs.


He doesn’t get it. Not in the way that I do. That this is the very last time I will read the theenager you a bedtime story as you wriggle and jiggle to try and keep awake. That these are the last goodnight, three year old you, hugs and kisses that we will share.


As you drift off to sleep, excited for what tomorrow brings. I stay watching you just that extra little bit longer… for just one last snuggle.


Goodbye my precious threenager…. Hello my 4 year old little lady.


Just one last snuggle

Just one last snuggle



  1. September 10, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Awwww this is so lovely! I love how you fill your posts with enthusiasm! Happy birthday little button xxx

  2. September 11, 2016 / 12:24 am

    This is beautiful <3

    Happy Birthday little Button.

  3. September 11, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    This is gorgeous hon. I’ll read this again next week when my little threenager also becomes a fournado. Time is just flying by so quickly, but with it that little girl tribe gets stronger and stronger. Happy birthday to your little lady xx

  4. September 13, 2016 / 6:40 am

    This is so beautiful and I love the photos especially the last one!! Time does fly by with these little ones <3 xx #dreamteam

  5. September 13, 2016 / 6:41 am

    lovely post for your little one and she is gorgeous! #DreamTeam

  6. September 13, 2016 / 6:42 am

    This is lovely! I love your description of her jumping on the bed. Happy Birthday little one!

  7. September 13, 2016 / 6:42 am

    I should have put #dreamteam !

  8. September 13, 2016 / 6:44 am

    Happy Birthday! Aw, what a touching post. The photo of little button in the field is so lovely. #Dreamteam

  9. September 13, 2016 / 6:58 am

    Lovely post! You have to love the unbridled enthusiasm that they have at that age. But four will bring lots of new and exciting things too – enjoy it, Little Button! #DreamTeam

  10. September 13, 2016 / 7:27 am

    Lovely post! Happy birthday! #dreamteam

  11. September 13, 2016 / 7:32 am

    Happy 4th birthday little lady! Hope you have a fab birthday as a family. #dreamteam

  12. September 13, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Aww this is beautiful, it made me quite emotional thinking of my three year old and how in no time at all she will be four. I loved three, in my eldest two also, it was just such a lovely age and a welcome relief from the terrible twos. Thankfully as my three year old turns four, my two year old turns three, so I have the chance to do it all again one last time. #dreamteam

  13. September 13, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Happy Birthday to your little button! We love our bedtime stories and snuggles too. I can remember when my daughter was probably only 1 year old when her dad was reading her a story and when I came into the room and sat down, she took the book out of his hands and handed it to me! So funny! #DreamTeam

  14. September 13, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Ahh they grow up so fast, hey?! Happy birthday #dreamteam

  15. September 13, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Beautiful writing, and a lovely post to celebrate this milestone for your little girl. #DreamTeam

  16. September 13, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Oh how lovely. Time passes by too fast. My eldest is 14 very soon, you really have to enjoy every second.


  17. September 13, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Ah that is beautiful, hope she has a lovely birthday 🙂 #DreamTeam x

  18. September 13, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    This is lovely! Hope she had a lovely birthday #dreamteam

  19. September 13, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Happy birthday to your little princess. Here is to all the adventures 4 will bring the both of you. #DreamTeam

  20. September 13, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    So beautiful! I have tears in my eyes. I can see her energy jumping off the page! It’s such a bittersweet feeling watching them grow up, isn’t it? I hope she has a lovely birthday #DreamTeam

  21. September 13, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Awwww!!! What a lovely mummy you are 🙂 this is so sweet and beautifully written. I hope she had a wonderful birthday. #Dreamteam

  22. September 13, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    How lovely. May the snuggles continue for many years to come. #Dreamteam

  23. September 13, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    How lovely…i’m a mum to a little girl myself so know all too well how quickly the time passes! #DreamTeam

  24. September 13, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Aw *sob* why do they have to grow up?! Seb is in his last year at primary and I know that next year it will all change forever and I can’t bear the thought of him not wanting to spend time with me. He’d much rather be with his friends these days. I remember that special time of 3 and 4 though when you are their entire universe and they only want “mummy!” A lovely post Annette, I hope your daughter had a lovely birthday. Love Tor xx

  25. September 14, 2016 / 10:03 am

    This gave me a lump in my throat reading this, whilst sat at my table next to my 20 year old, I had woke up this morning for some strange reason feeling like I needed to just give his head a rub and give him a little kiss (much to his absolute annoyance) and just tell him Mummy loves him, sometimes I get these gushes of emotion just thinking how quickly these years have gone. Cherish them, because in a heart beat you will be talking grandchildren! x

  26. September 14, 2016 / 10:59 am

    This is so so sweet, Happy Birthday to your little sweetie (:

  27. September 14, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Ah this is so lovely! I hope it was a lovely lovely snuggly bedtime story too and a lovely birthday 🙂

  28. September 14, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Awww can’t beat the maternal bond. Poor Daddy.#DreamTeam

  29. September 14, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Awww. Written so beautifully! I’ve got another couple of months before I wave goodbye to the toddler years! #DreamTeam

  30. September 14, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Just popping over from #DreamTeam, *hi!*. I hope Littlest Button had the best birthday! xxx

  31. September 15, 2016 / 12:06 am

    I know how you feel, I am hanging onto my son for the next couple of weeks being 6, I can’t believe he will be 7! I want to keep him little for longer. This was so beautifully written, happy birthday beautiful girl #dreamteam

  32. September 16, 2016 / 9:46 am

    What a lovely little post! Birthdays are such a funny time, a mix of sadness as your baby gets older coupled with excitement at all the new things they are going to learn and adventures you are going to have! Happy birthday to your little lady #DreamTeam

  33. September 18, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Aww gorgeous pics – I love the part where you say mummy does the voices the best! Happy birthday Little Button – thanks for hosting #dreamteam with me xx

  34. September 28, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Beautiful post! I think until 5 every age seems so much older than the last, doesn’t it? 4 seems so grown up compared to 3. And 3 compared to 2 as well! Hope you had a lovely birthday celebration. #BloggerClubUK

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