Audrey the Claire
November 14, 2013
- Frequently heard: “I can!”
- Asks to “be my baby” so I rock her as if she were a baby, and she pretends to drink from a doll bottle, or asks to be “wrapped up” (swaddled).
- On Baby Colby needing a washcloth: “He’s all yogurty.”
- Moves promptly to the side of the path when she sees anyone or anything coming toward us, especially carts at the zoo.
- Loves the Paw-Paw Patch song and makes up who she’s looking for: “Where oh where oh where is Bunny…Way down yonder in the paw-paw catch!”
- Makes up silly words: “pippo” for “pillow”; “I want my milkie”; “Hold it in my armies”; “I want an app” (apple); “I wanna be nake-nake” (naked).
- As we drive home in twilight: “The light goes off and then it gets dark.”
- Has books memorized: she practically “read” 101 Dalmatians to us the other night.
- Loves hearing stories about how things happened: the day they were born, how the doctor checks your throat with a special flashlight, how she fell in the swimming pool.
- Gets so upset at my show of frustration. Instead of saying what I’d really like to say in those intense moments, I say, “Ohmygosh” in a tone that undoubtedly indicates my feelings. The last few times this has happened, Audrey started crying and wailed, “Mommy said ohmygosh!”
- So great at sharing: we started using a timer for taking turns, and she almost always gives up the toy when the timer goes off.
- Has internalized the “sharing words” (“May I play with that, please?”) and establishing boundaries (“I need my space, please!”), uses them appropriately and consistently.