Charlie is on a roll. Adding a lot of new words and trying new words.  Of course, he’s also made up a few signs, but at least he’s trying to communicate.    I think it was almost 2 weeks ago, when he pointed and said “Bu-sss” with the “ssss” and everything too cute!

The other day he pointed at a mailtruck and said “may-ma”.  yep! mailman!

Today, when I picked him up at daycare and Travis was teasing him by taking his Huggle-Buggle bear, Charlie said “mine!”  Yikes.  and hence we can probably declare ourselves in the Terrible Two’s!


Kid Stories

Yesterday Maria was writing names on a piece of paper. I don’t know that she knew how to spell what she was writing, but she was writing.  And then she asked me if I knew how to spell “Kelly” and “Ripa”.  I asked her how she knew Kelly Ripa and she told me she is on after breakfast at daycare. I then asked her if she liked Regis.  “No Mom. He’s a Boy!”  She did later tell me that he’s leaving the show.  Nothing gets by her!

Tonight we got a glimpse of life with a boy and a girl.  Maria had 3 random stickers on her shirt.  Once Charlie realized, he took off after her and tried to pin her down several times to get them. Once he got one, he stood up and took off running.  She of course gave chase.  Oh the fun, and we’re just getting started!


Maria and Charlie have an answering machine toy, where they can record their voices and play them back.  Tonight this is what we overheard Maria recording:

Costco, I love you. I love your samples! You’re the best.

Maria’s Perspective

Maria often begs me to stay home from work with her. Or is upset when I leave and tell her I can’t be late to work.

Yesterday her teacher emailed me this:

She told me yesterday and which I shared with Chad this morning, “ my dad has to drop me and Charlie off in the morning because my mom can’ t be late for work. She will get yelled at and my dad’s work just knows he’ll be late. “

Funny on many levels. Especially that I can’t Imagine my manager yelling at me for truancy.

Tonight’s Quotes

Tonight Maria was sitting and looking at me with squinty eyes after bath and said excitedly: “I see TWO mommies!”

Later I let her brush my teeth before I brushed hers and she said “Mommy, you have a LOT of teeth in there!”

Maria’s Prayer

Just a quick snipet as I don’t have time to do the Christmas post right now, but twice this week when Maria has heard siren’s we’ve reminded her that someone needs help and we should say a prayer for them. She then folded her hands, closed her eyes and said “A-B-C-D-E-F-G. Thank you God for feeding me. Amen.”

This is also what she says at night when she doesn’t want to say her Good Night prayer.

Stall Tactics

“Mommy, I have a wet diaper”

“How did your diaper get wet?”

“From the rain!”

“No, I don’t think so. Did you go tinkle in your diaper?”

“I need to go tinkle!  And poopy!”

And 15 minutes later (after squeezing out a pea-sized #2) , she’s back in bed.

10 minutes later…

“Mommy, I need my diaper changed”

“No, I don’t think you do”

(crying) “I want a new diaper!”

I try to bribe her with the money we don’t want to spend on more diapers… it doesn’t work.

Finally just rock her for a few minutes, put her down with a nuk and a toy flower (besides all the other stuff she already has in her crib!)

“Mommy, thanks for rocking me”

Awwww…. this kid knows how to work her Mom!!!

Other tactics that work include:

  • “Mommy, I need lotion on my face.”
  • “Mommy, I can’t find my lovey.”
  • “Mommy, I need a hug.”

Tactic that has never worked  (only tried once, this kid learns fast!):

  • “Mommy, I need a jelly bean!”

A Maria Moment

We had spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner tonight. Halfway through dinner Maria started singing… “On Top of Spaghetti…” and sang the whole song. We were surprised she knew the song at all, let alone all the words!