Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Big Girl

    Peyton must be going through some sort of growth spurt because he slept almost the entire day yesterday. It's been nice, especially since it's meant time alone with just Brooklyn. We watched Sesame Street and Blue's Clues, read a few books, took a bath, cleaned her room, ate lunch, put together 5 puzzles and played with her train set. During all this I realized that she has done some growing herself, and I almost missed it! Here's some fun things my big girl is into:
    • She loves the alphabet, but her version goes like this: A B C D F G H I J K L Y Z. Similarly, "Brooklyn" is spelled B R O K L Y Z. Something about that double O gets her. And she swears that Z always has to follow Y, even in her name.
    • She moves SO fast, and she's proud of it. She always wants us to watch what she's doing- even Peyton. We hear, "Look, Peppy!" a lot around the house. Lately she has even specified which part of her body we should watch. For instance, "Watch, Mommy. Two feet, dance, foot, foot, watch" or "Watch, Daddy. Two knees. Roll floor. Knee, knee, watch"- of course, pointing at one foot or knee then the other while she says it to make sure we understand.
    • She has started wanting to do everything "ah-self", from picking out what book to read to getting dressed. So far it's cute and not annoying or frustrating, so I'm trying to relish in that. The best was when I told her she was putting her pants on backwards and that the tag goes in the back. "Turn them around if you want them on right", I said, to which she replied, "Sorry, mommy, tag back", and then turned herself around instead of the pants. Pants were still backwards, but she turned back around and grinned from ear to ear as she told me, "I DID IT!", so how can I correct that? :)
    •  She has been talking so much lately! Enunciation is still hard, so she's really proud that she can say "Mickey" instead of "Mimmy" when we talk about Disney characters. Mostly it's just the same syllable throughout a word, but it's okay, because I understand it all. Funny things she says now include "Daddy fix it" whenever I tell her something is broken (anything at all, from a chair to the fence to a ripped page in a book). Also, if I ask her if I can do something with her, most often the response I get is, "Sure, mommy! Sure!", which I totally love. The one that cracked me up yesterday was when we were playing a game of Whoa. For those who don't know, Whoa is played by placing your child on top of an exercise ball, holding their hands, and letting them roll around, all the while saying, "Whoa!" It's a favorite of the Strother house. I would pretend to drop her a couple of times and each time she would grab my arms tighter and say, "Got you mommy!"
    • She is in love with her brother. The worst thing she ever says about him is "no feed" if she wants me to get her something and I'm busy nursing. Other than that, she takes care of him. The best is when he's upset and she tells him "BB's (Brooklyn's) here" or "Don't, Peppy, don't cry, don't" so sympathetically. It warms my heart.
    • She has such a huge imagination! Everything of mine that can be worn from a nursing cover to a sports bra has become a "beautiful dress" and she asks me to watch her while she spins like a ballerina in my beautiful dresses. Yesterday she pulled out about 10 Kleenexes and laid them on top of the candles behind my bed. Why? "Go sleep", she said. Who knew candles needed their shut eye too?
    • She's started getting very interactive with her TV shows. She tries to shout out the letter of the day on Sesame Street before they do, and always says "Hello Dodo" whenever Elmo asks her to say hello to his goldfish Dorothy on Elmo's World. She tells Steve where the clues are on Blue's Clues and sings along with the mail time song. She was so into the episode about telling time yesterday that she came into my room and took my "tickety tock clock" off the dresser and told me that it was 11 o'clock, time to get up. I like that! Then she said it was 4 o'clock and time to take a nap. Pretty decent nap time for waking up at 11 :)
    • She says the best prayers. Mostly she just repeats things that we say at the same time, but after Ladies' Bible class and Sonshine School last week she prayed this prayer by herself: "Dear God. Thank you day, thank you church, thank you Bible class. Thank you Joshua, walls fell down. Dear Lindsay, Dear Nana, Dear Pearl, Dear God. Jesus name, amen". If there were any 2-year-old Bible class teachers out there that feel like what they say doesn't get heard, I assure you that is not the case. She was very thankful for those walls of Jericho not being up anymore!
    I know all this is much more interesting to me than to the rest of you reading this, but I don't care. I needed to take a moment to jot down all the things I especially love about my sweet girl right now, because some days I focus too much on the frustrations of blow out diapers, picky eating habits, and the dreaded phrase, "No, mine!". She's just a month shy of being 2 1/2 years old, but she won't be forever, and I want to remember her this way :)

    Brooklyn on 1/8/13

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