#3, or Jess as she is more formally known is my ‘baby behind the blog’. She is the sole reason the blog exists in the first place. I was tagged by the lovely Hayley over at Devon Mama to write a #TheLittleOne blog, to delve into what exactly makes #3 tick now that she is nearly 3. So here we go, in mostly her own words…

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING NEARLY 3?

This is my first birthday that won’t be ‘corrected’. I was born really early (Mummy says I was impatient like my sisters) and so until I reached the date two years from my due date all my ages were corrected by 14 weeks. So in March when I’m 3, I’ll actually be 3. That’s sort of cool.

I like being nearly 3, I get to sleep in Mummy’s bed whenever I want (all the time), and if I get tired and ask for a ‘tuggle’ she’ll still pick me up because she says I’m still a baby (I’m not really but I can pretend).

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… AND WHAT’S THE WORST THING?

Sometimes I say something and Mummy looks at me like I have two heads! I speak perfect sense, I think it’s definitely her ears. I have to go to bed early too, which isn’t fair. My sisters gets to stay up late so I should too. The last time I tried to stay up though I fell asleep on a blown up hedgehog so maybe Mummy is right…

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TOY?

Santa brought me a new train track and I LOVE it. Then my nursery got one too so now I can play with trains all day. I love tigers, and superhero masks and I always wear one on my head. I love jigsaws but I find them hard sometimes, the pieces don’t go where I want them to!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

I really like to watch Halloween songs on my iPad, but Mummy says I can’t do that all the time. I like to go to the park and I love jumping on my trampoline with my sisters. It makes my tummy feel funny and it makes me laugh a lot.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO WEAR?

I really really don’t like dresses. Or skirts. But I like to wear trousers and jumpers as long as I can roll my sleeves and legs up, I hate things covering my legs and arms.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG?

We sing ‘Wind the Bobbin’ up at Jo Jingles, and sometimes when I stay up really late and I’m  in bed with Mummy I get her to sing it and I shout ‘faster, faster’ and she sings it so fast the words get all mixed up. That’s my favourite time of night with Mummy.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

I would eat pizza everyday but Mummy says I’m not allowed. I love pears, blueberries and Weetabix, but I don’t like meat at all.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO WATCH ON TV?

Paw Patrol or Blaze and the Monster Machines. I watch them on this thing called Netflix on my iPad and sometimes I watch nursery rhymes on there too. I don’t really watch TV but sometimes if my sisters are there then they watch this programme about a yellow square man that lives under the sea. I have no idea what happens in it but if my sisters laugh then I do too.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

Mummy bought me a book today called ‘Ten Little Monsters’. It’s all about counting and Halloween characters, I LOVE it. I really like to read The Stick Man and my friend Mia and I share it when we are at nursery.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My sisters are really funny, they make my animals says silly things and they tickle me all the time. My mummy also pushes my tummy button and it makes a very silly noise when she pushes it and that makes me laugh, but it never works when I try and do it.

WHO DO YOU LOVE, AND WHY?

I love a lot of people. I love my Mummy, and my sisters, they keep me safe and I’m always happy when I am with them. I love my Grandma and my Grandad and I even have a Great-Grandma May who gives me biscuits whenever I see her. My mummy has lots of lovely friends and sometimes I stay with them if Mummy is out and I really like it because I see my friends Cridhe and Cailean and I love them too, they play Paw Patrol with me and make me laugh. Mummy always say I am really lucky to have lots of special people around me and I think she might be right.

So there’s #3, in her own words. If you’d like to find out where this series came from then please visit The Secret Life of Baby.

However, #3 hasn’t always had it so easy. She was born at 26 weeks and spent a vast amount of time in hospital. Medically, she is ok, which is a miracle in itself. I have campaigned for greater awareness for premature babies since she was born and as such I am tagging two very special Mums, who face their own daily challenges with their Little Ones, to give a little insight into what life is like with a child with special needs. Over to you Jo and Michelle