May 8, 2009
Maggie has developed a habit of removing her shoes and socks every time we get in the car. This means that while we’re out running errands, at each stop, I have to put them back on for her. Not only that, but I have to lean over her mammoth carseat, searching for two socks and two shoes among the various things in the backseat (diapers, wipes containers, sippy cups, snack bags, etc) It makes errand-running extremely fun! I can’t wait for sandal weather. I even ask nicely that she not take them off when I hear the tell-tale sound of the velcro from her shoes, but she just grins an evil grin and keeps going.
Last night, Dan was watching her while I caught up on some work (thanks to the short, 30-minute nap she took yesterday, good-bye productive afternoon!) While I was at my desk, she ran over to me, pulled down my face, gave me a kiss, and said ‘Love you Mommy!’ And then I died from The Cute.
Yesterday morning, I foolishly thought I could answer a few emails while she was occupied with her coloring books and Elmo. Then I turned around and saw black crayon all over her face and in her teeth. I had to BRUSH HER TEETH to get it out. Then I turned further around and saw this:
Black crayon, all over our (EXPENSIVE!) television. Thankfully the crayons are washable so it came off with just water and a paper towel. Thank you, Crayola. But still. KID. ENOUGH WITH THE CRAYONS.
Today while we were playing outside, she was pulling dandelions out of the ground- the ones with the white puffy seed pods ready to fall off- and making me blow them away. Then she tried one herself- and actually put it IN her mouth. I didn’t actually see her do it, but she turned around to me with her mouth open, her upper and lower lips completely coated with white, fluffy seeds. Trying not to laugh, I calmly told her to keep her mouth open and I was able to wipe them all clean. And then I laughed.
She is starting to talk A LOT and she’s picking up a ton of very subtle conversational things that adults around her say. They’re all harmless, but HILARIOUS coming from a 2-year old. “Guys guys, sssshhhh!” And also: “Settle down!” (this one is complete with motioning with her hands, up and down in front of her) One of my favorites this week is when she starts to walk away (usually to get a toy or her shoes or something else I ask for) and then she’ll stop, turn around, hold out 1 finger and say “Right back!” and nods, then goes on her way.
She also tells us that the music is ‘TOO LOUD!’ My kid is 80 years old, apparently.
Another car-habit she has lately is putting her feet on the back of the passenger seat. She just recently became tall enough to do this. The other day, she had removed both her socks and shoes and started kicking the back of the seat again. We were at a red light, so I took the opportunity to turn around and sternly explain to her that we do not kick the seats and she needed to move her feet RIGHT NOW. She stared at me, and slowly lifted her toes so that her feet weren’t actually touching the seat- just resting about 1/2 inch away. I turned around, but watched out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough, she slowly moved her toes back so they were touching the seat. I turned around, and she snapped her toes back again. This repeated several times. It would be funny if it weren’t so infuriating.
She has entered the ‘What’s That?’ phase of life. I’m sure the ‘Why?’ phase is just around the corner… but for now, it’s ‘What’s that?’ ‘What’s that?’ ‘What’s that?’ every 2.4 seconds. Half the time, I don’t even know what she’s pointing at, so I just guess. Hopefully I’m not confusing the poor kid too much, heh.
Every time I pick her up at daycare, she leaps from the chair or from my aunt’s arms or jumps up from whatever toy she’s playing with and runs to me, squealing and giggling, and dives into my arms and gives me the best hug ever.
She sings the ABCs in a duet with me now. For all of her craziness and non-listening and Being Two Years Old, I love this kid.