Audrey snippets

Audrey is at that magical age of toddlerhood. She’s currently straddling the fence between baby and kid, where she completely understands everything we say, but can’t really communicate yet, and still needs just about everything done for her, but she is running around the house like a banshee at full speed from the minute she wakes up every day. She loves life! She loves you! She loves this toy! LOOK AT IT! SCREECHES! GIGGLES!

I love this age. It’s my favorite.

She truly does understand what we’re saying, all the time. If we give her something and ask her to throw it away, she takes it to the garbage can. She was fussing for Maggie one day, and when we told her she was at Grandma’s house, she ran over to the door and tried to open it. If I ask her “Did you poop?”, she runs to the gate at the bottom of the stairs and tries to open it (her diapers are up in her room). She does the same thing at bedtime- give her a bottle and ask her if she wants to go ‘night night’, she stands at the bottom of the steps, waiting for one of us to take her up. And 99% of the time, she goes right to sleep and YOU GUYS, BABIES ACTUALLY DO THAT???!! WE DID NOT KNOW. IT’S AMAZING.

She can show us her belly, and wiggles her fingers on it and says ‘ticka ticka!’ Then she tries to lift up my shirt and tickle my belly. She also shows us her nose, her hair, her hands, her feet, and her boogies. (I taught her that last one. I’m such a good mom.)

She thinks popcorn is HILARIOUS.

She knows what a dog says (‘fffff’) and a cow (‘boooooo!’) and a duck (‘cack cack!’) And according to her, a bunny chatters his teeth together.

She loves to read books. LOVES. And she will drag a book over to you, say ‘ap!’ and back her little bum onto your lap. Then you’d better read to her.

She still hates her carseat, I think, and she’s really not happy about this new wearing a winter coat thing. But she’s dealing with it. Grumpily.

She recently learned how to climb up onto the couches by herself. It’s mostly okay, except for the few times that she’s tumbled off onto her HEAD. (But seriously, what are you supposed to do, as a parent? She can get up there on her own and I think we just have to… let her figure it out? That you can get up there and stand on the edge and expect NOT to fall off? Life lessons, kid! Nice bruise on your forehead!) She knows she’s not allowed to stand, because I’ll be in the kitchen and hear giggling. I’ll look over and see her little Pebbles ponytail sticking up and then there comes her face! SQUEALING! Audrey, sit down on your bum! GIGGLES! Then she disappears again. Little stinker.

On Thursday, I thought I caught her saying Maggie’s name a few times, but I couldn’t be sure. She babbles constantly and it’s all gibberish. (She sounds like a very serious, very old Chinese man. It’s adorable.) Then yesterday morning, as I carried her around the corner into the kitchen and she saw Maggie eating breakfast, Audrey burst out: “AGGGGGGIEEEE!”

My heart exploded. This is why people have more than one kid.

matching girls :) Daddy will be proud!


  1. carley

    January 7, 2012 7:50 am

    I love that age too! Dexter was, and still is our magic sleeper. He can be hyper and crazy, we put him to bed, and he falls asleep.

    MIss Annie isn’t quite as easy, but we’re slowly trying to figure her out.

    I love how much Dexter is amazed by Annie and how much she studies him. I’m sure she’ll get boring soon to him, but that’s okay! It’s kind of neat the age difference between them…enough that he tells us all about her and what she’s doing! My heart melts anytime he says, “It’s okay, Baby Annie” if she’s crying. :)

  2. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    January 7, 2012 8:16 am

    Oh, so precious. I love that age, too. It’s so wonderful and amazing, seeing then learn new things every day. And yes, the heart melting cute of the sibling loveis just…heart melting, I guess! :-)

  3. Steph

    January 7, 2012 9:38 am

    I love this age too! So fun!

    And although I always read your blog, for some dumb reason I rarely comment…

    BUT. I lovelovelove your snippets posts!

    Cows say “boooooo” with Lily too. :) I wish she had HALF of Audrey’s hair!

  4. Elsha

    January 7, 2012 1:32 pm

    It really is a great age! Last night Will was fake sneezing and then laughing like it was the funniest thing in the world.

  5. Jesabes

    January 7, 2012 4:27 pm

    I love toddlers!

    That picture is so adorable.

  6. Tracy

    January 7, 2012 5:43 pm

    Love toddlers!

    Logan asked to watch the video twice :) He laughs with her!

  7. Lea

    January 8, 2012 12:22 am

    I really appreciate the toddler age the second time around even more so. So fun!

    By the way, I love Janet’s new blog design!

  8. Elizabeth

    January 8, 2012 2:02 am

    She sounds delightful! We’re just heading into the toddler age, and I am SO excited to see what it will be bringing our way.

  9. TwoAdults

    January 9, 2012 11:41 am

    Age 1 to 2.5 is when I’d like to be a stay at home mom. Not babies, not three year olds.

    And the part where you described seeing her little hairs and knowing she’s standing on the couch, cracked me up. One year olds aren’t terribly smart, despite being so cute.

    • Jen

      January 9, 2012 11:47 am

      YES! It’s the perfect age, because they’re easier to care for (wipe their bums, give them some goldfish crackers. DONE.) but they don’t talk back yet. HA. And they’re adorable with their ridiculous jibberjabber and toddler-speak.

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