Evie has been sick with a bad cold and a cough all week. I've felt a little bit isolated because Mike has been working a lot and we have hardly left the house, but I've had a lot of time to observe and ponder Evie and all her likes and dislikes and quirkiness.
I thought it would be kind of fun to document some of the things I've been learning about doing life with my toddler. Maybe some of you can relate?
Also, since we've been stuck in the house and Evie hasn't been feeling 100 percent, we've been watching a lot of Netflix (don't judge me). But interestingly enough, I've discovered that Evie really likes watching the show Fixer Upper. This is great because I really like it, too, and we've probably watched at least 10 episodes in the last couple of days. However, we did go outside today and I was able to snap some photos. As you can see, I think she's starting to feel a little bit better.
Here are my observations on toddler life:
-Sitting in chairs by herself is apparently VERY empowering.
- So is saying the word "no."
- On the topic of the word "no," sometimes it actually means "yes" so you have to just pretend you didn't hear the "no" and keep trying. Never know what might happen.
- Random bits of paper and lint and even tiny seeds or rocks are true delights. They somehow manage to find their way into her fingers and then into my hands. "Aww...thank you so much, Evie!" is my usually reaction as I go throw whatever it is into the trash.
- The sounds of airplanes overhead is equally as thrilling as the sound of the garbage trucks driving down our street. It is necessary to stop everything and listen.
- Putting on clothes is a form of torture, but putting on shoes is a really fun way to pass the time...even if we aren't planning on going outside. And even better when it's right before bed time.
- Running around with zero clothes on is also really fun.
- Toddler babble has become a sophisticated language. She talks to me just like she's telling me a story about what happened to her yesterday (complete with hand gestures)...but I have no idea in the world what she's saying. I just practice my active listening skills and do a lot of smiling and nodding.
- Babies are awesome. If she sees a baby (a baby doll, a baby at the park, a baby on the computer screen, a baby on tv...), you will know about it. Everyone in the vicinity will know about it because Evie will be exclaiming, "Bay-bee!! Bay-bee!" and doing a lot of pointing at said baby.
- She has come to know the wonderful experience known as "butterfly kisses" and really enjoys it.
- On the rare occasion on which I attempt to do a few squats, she is right there trying to squat along with me. I love it. I'm not so crazy about the squats, though.
- Nothing is sacred. Not even business that is done in the bathroom. Sometimes I'll sneak away real quick to go, and not even two minutes go by before I hear her little feet pattering into my room. I see a few little fingers wrap around the door and slowly, smiling joyously (maybe it's mischievously), she peeks her head in and scoots her whole self next to the toilet like it's the best place ever to be sitting. Who needs privacy anyway?
- Kisses involve her whole face smooshed against mine, and it's one of the greatest things I've probably ever felt...though sometimes it's a bit slobbery.
- She is tons of fun, hilarious, exasperating and super snuggly, which makes a pretty awesome combination.
What are some of your favorite toddler quirks? I'd love to read about them!