Friday, October 15, 2010

Why Toddlers Amaze Me

Yes, it's the middle of October and my kid is dancing with her shadow, wearing nothing but a diaper cover and rain boots! What a nut!

Little One just turned 23 months old four days ago. To me, she is still my little baby. I think I've underestimated her ability to comprehend various requests and instructions. Her range of vocabulary has also hit me like a ton of bricks since I don't recall teaching her some of the words she knows!

Yeah, yeah. I sound like one of those gloating parents who boasts about how smart their kids are. Really, I'm not. I'm telling you that I am truly and honestly SHOCKED.

The other night, I was coughing up a storm and had a whole bunch of Halls wrappers on my lap. I don't know what possessed me, but I asked my toddler to "put these in the garbage for Mommy, please!"

To my surprise, she took the cough drop wrappers, and pitter-pattered to the bathroom, where she deposited the wrappers into the garbage bin. Whoa! What on earth? Where did she learn that? I totally didn't think she'd know what I was talking about!

She also shocked me by pointing to the moon and saying "moon", poking her belly button when asked "where's your belly button?", yelling "Baaaaaaaa!" when she sees a picture of a sheep in her books, and so on. She also says short phrases like "kiss baby", "up and down, up and down" (from The Wheels on the Bus), and "All done!" (when she's finished eating).

The biggest shock for me was seeing how she is with my Mom and Dad. Since I'm teaching ESL again, my parents watch Little One during the work week. I happened to catch some of their time together at lunch. Little One is awesome with my parents. She is so happy at their house. When she sees me, she's always so clingy and whiny. She claws at my pant legs with her arms outstretched for me to lift her up, and screams "Mama! Mama! Mama! Mama!"

Anyway, at home, when it's time for her to take a nap, we just put her in her crib and she goes to sleep. At Lola and Grampy's, they take her for car rides to get her to nap! Crazy! This one afternoon in particular, I noticed Little One start to rub her eyes. She does that when she's sleepy.

Me: I think Little One is trying to tell you she wants to take a nap.
My Mom: Yeah! Look at her!

Little One went to the other room, put on her boots, grabbed her raincoat, stood in front of Grampy and waited for him to pick her up.

My Mom: HAHAHAHAHA! Oh my gosh! I don't believe it!

Apparently, Little One now associates going out for a drive with taking a nap!


J at said...

My MIL used to take care of Maya, and her nap routine was completely different than ours. She used to rock her to sleep, which made me nervous, because I didn't want to have to do that EVERY time. No confusion. She only expected to be rocked to sleep at Ma's house, not ours. Of course, if I was willing to do it, she was thrilled, but she didn't demand it. Nice.

This is such an amazing age. Enjoy! I remember Maya carrying around pictures of Jewel, and her Thomas the Tank Engine toys, and oh, so many little things...I miss those days sometimes.

Kimberly said...

This is the age when they soak up EVERYTHING like a sponge. They are in constant observation of what we do. It is definitely amazing how all of a sudden they just "know" things. Like the other day I sneezed and my toddler pipes up from the backseat and says "Bess you Momma". It was hilareeeous! Oh and he took my husbands deodorant and tried putting it on his armpits! Like how did he know that?!

hotmommy said...

she's totototoooo cute chris!

Annie said...

Isn't it just amazing what they pick up! I am still amazed at things that J does on a daily basis....Children learn what they live...

ModernMom said...

They are little living breathing miracle every single day! Oh and I LOVE this shot:)

Calfkeeper said...

Ah, yes. Ellen's rapidly approaching 4 and she is still shocking me with the things she comes out with. Most of it is just the German question I blogged about a couple days ago.

Record all these fun things she says and does. She'll love to read them too some day.

I LOVE this pic of her...she will resent you for it one day, though. hahaha...

C said...

Amazing how they have their own routines with the grandparents and their own routines with the parents. She *knows* we don't take her for car rides when it's nap time. She just goes down to sleep when we say nap time. LOL! With Lola NS Grampy though? LOL...She's got Grampy wrapped around her tiny little finger! :)

C said...

Awwwww! That is tooooooo cute!! Seriously! Where do they learn some of the stuff they learn!? Too funny!

C said...

Thanks, lady! Your three are pretty cute too! XO

C said...

Sooooo true! Hey, sorry we didn't hook up! November sometime? :) :) :)

C said...

That's for sure!! So true! Oh, and thanks! That seems to be her outfit of choice these days. *sigh*

C said...

WHAAAAAT?!?!!? She CANNOT be approaching 4 already!! How on earth did that happen???

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Oh C she is so cute and lovely capture. My own little ones(now 4) asked who was the girl in gumboots..."I want to see"
I can't believe she is almost 2.

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