So, I think it’s pretty obvious that we’ve entirely failed at keeping a regular parenting blog. I think part of the reason is that we built up the expectation (for ourselves!) that each post would have to be a kind of a production. I’ve decided to just go ahead and give in and use the blog as a place to record memories of things that I might otherwise forget. It’s my blog, and I’ll self-indulge if I want to.
And so, without further ado, here are some cute things the kids have done over the past few months:
Having kids who are learning to talk really makes you aware of the things you unconsciously say all the time. For example, whenever we Julian’s on the changing table and we open his diaper, he says, “Oh my goodness!” He also has adopted “how about…” as his very own verbal tic. As in: “Julian, do you want grapes or apples?” “How about grapes!” Or: “Julian, which book do you want to read?” “How about this one!” Or: “Julian, it’s not your turn now, it’s Eloise’s turn.” “How about Julian!”
We apparently also are constantly asking them if they remember things. “Do you remember when Aunt Lauren and Aunt Morgan came to visit?” “Do you remember when we went to the doctor’s office?” And so on. They both now will, unsolicited, point to books, food, toys, people, whatever, and say, “I remember that!” It’s kind of adorable.
There’s something particularly adorable about a toddler describing her emotions in complete sentences. Eloise delights me with “I’m excited about it!” or “I a little scared,” or “I had a boo-boo but I feel better.” (Really, her peppy little “I’m excited about it!” just kills me. Kills me.) She will also, if she’s having a particular good meal, or being particularly patient during a diaper change, or something like that, will occasionally bust out with, “I doing a great job.”
The other day Julian was standing at his play kitchen, clearly hard at work “making” something, so I asked him what he was cooking. “I makin’ chocolate chip cookies!” he replied. “Oh?” I said, “I love chocolate chip cookies. How are you making them? What are the ingredients?” “Um…,” he said, “chocolate… and cookies!”
They both love making up nonsense words. About 15 percent of the time if you ask Eloise a question, she’ll pause for a second and then say “… Odo!” Julian will sometimes get in a phase where he’ll say nothing but, “Dee!” and then collapse giggling. Eloise in particular seems to have extended this into a talent for nicknaming. For a long time she couldn’t pronounce Julian’s name as another other than “Dee-dee” which she then extrapolated into the especially cute “Dee-deedle-ee.” Most recently she turned “Mama” into “Mommy” into “Monamee” into “Pondapee.” She now pretty consistently refers to Rachel as Pondapee. It’s… unique.
As much as I love that they’re growing up and learning more words and so on, I’m going to miss their adorable toddler mispronunciations. Julian still has his pronouns reversed (he’ll hold up his arms and demand, “Pick you up!” or “Sit on my lap!”). Eloise turns many of her “r”s into “l”s, so, for example, there’s a conversation every night about which book she’ll be allowed to bling into bed with her (“I bling dis one!”) and in the mornings, she’ll often insist on having oatmeal for bleakfast.
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