Dear Cameron: A Love Letter to a 3 Year Old

{Written yesterday, on Cameron’s third birthday}


I feel like we have been on the precipice of three for a long time now, you and me. You have always been “almost 3” but never ever 3, it seemed. Until today.

Today we woke up together and you were three and I was a Mom to a three year old.

Cameron Through Balloons

I want to say that I remember you when you were small and wordless and would fit in my arms, but that Cameron and the Cameron that is you today all kind of blend together to form the essence of my son. Somehow, you have always been this running, jumping, dancing kid I see in front of me. Somewhere inside that little swaddled baby was the personality that shines through your vocabulary and your deeds today.

Our house is full of pictures of you (…we should really put some up of your brother). As I walk through our halls and look at the frames, I can see how much you have grown and changed in the past year; two years; three years. But I barely noticed these drastic growths as we transitioned from day to day. In my mind, you are not a snapshot. You are just you. Always have been, always will be.

That idea is comforting to a Mama like me – a Mama who spent the night before your birthday in this strange emotional state because I was tired and worried that everything wouldn’t be perfect on your big day and tangling emotions with your Dad and oh my goodness my son would never be two again!

These are snapshots: These days. These words strung together. These images framed on our walls. They mark the bits and pieces but they don’t tell the whole story.

The story of who you are. Who you will be. Who you always have been.

You and me, we experience that story every day together.

Turning three is another snapshot. A milestone marker. An event to be celebrated for sure, but nothing to lament. Nothing life changing.

Today, you are three. And you are still the same amazing kid you have always been. You are funny. You are energetic. You are loving and sympathetic at just the right times. You are full of life and feeling and learning.

You are Cameron.

You were Cameron when you were born. You were Cameron when you were two. You are Cameron today. And you will be Cameron in 10 years.

My goodness, I’m lucky to be your Mom, Cameron. I’m lucky to know you and share you and experience this whole you-ness.

You are incredible. All of you. And this past year I have gotten to know more of who you are. I’ve watched your grow as a brother and as a talker.

Three won’t change you. It will just give us more time together, more stories to create, more time to grow. So I won’t lament it. I’ll embrace it. And embrace you.

Mommy Hugging Cameron

I love you Cameron. Happy Birthday!


The photo of Cameron and I is from a daily self-photography project I have taken on. You can follow it by Liking my Facebook page.

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About Laura O'Rourke

Laura is a Mom of three who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently on maternity leave, she blogs about life at home with her husband Dan and three sons Cameron (age 5), Gavin (age 3), and Logan (not yet 1). When she has time, she can be found reading, writing, snapping photos, or awkwardly running. Laura has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 10 Mom Bloggers by multiple publications, including Reader's Digest. Keep up with the fun by following @LauraORourke on Twitter or liking Mommy Miracles on Facebook. Like what you see? Have something to add? Be sure to leave a comment!


  1. This is the sweetest letter ever…I was tearing up! So sweet…and so glad to know they will always be a “you and me” no matter what age. Happy Birthday Cameron!!!
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  2. This is beautiful. And I feel the same way about the itty bitty babies and the toddlers being a mishmash of the one little love that you know. He is just the sweetest little boy….I loved seeing his birthday pictures!
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  3. Happy (belated) Birthday, Cameron! Three is a lovely age. I love three.
    Laura, I love the idea that our children are what they are, even when they were just tiny babies. That they’re fully formed, inside and out, and they just emerge bit by bit. Beautiful letter!
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  4. This is so lovely. And you’re right – three is a good age. I really started to know who Connor was – all the funny little quirks and his sense of humour etc. – when he was three. And that’s such a great photo of you!
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  5. This is so beautiful, I really would love to start doing this…maybe, MAYBE when my oldest turns 5 in a few more months?

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