Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Yes, she's playing Ms. Pac-Man

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Watch my child, please!

Having come to terms with my complete inability to produce decent work in tiny spurts, I decided to hire a babysitter to come watch Leia for two afternoons a week so ABD Mommy can get some writing done. We're in the give-it-a-try-and-see-how-it-goes phase now, but I think it just may work out! Leia seems to like the sitter, and I can't hear too much of the whining for Mama when I'm sequestered off someplace upstairs. Maybe soon I'll get really bold and leave the house. It could happen.

Friday, April 07, 2006

They really are like little sponges...

Last Friday, my daughter's grandmother bought her a red Little Tikes toy shopping cart. Leia loves the thing. She pushes it everywhere, dropping all manner of random objects into the basket, while happily exclaiming, "Shap-pee!" (Shopping, in case you don't speak baby.) Her stuffed animals even get to ride in the front. Great toy.

A few days ago Leia needed to have her diaper changed. Now, she's the kind of child who would gladly wear the same diaper 24/7, so usually she is not happy about a change. This was no exception. Usually I get a barrage of loud NOs when I change her. This time, however, she tearfully exclaimed, "Shap-pee!!! SHAPPEE!!!!"

"What? Leia, you can go shopping after we're done. Now hold still. Stop wiggling! Stop it!"

Later on, I had to wrestle her into her car seat when she clearly wanted to play "owside" instead. Again, instead of No, I got, "Shap-pee!" Except it sounded more like this: "Stap-pee!" Same reaction when I wouldn't let her stand on the kitchen chairs.

"Hmm," I thought, "Maybe she isn't talking about shopping. What's stap-pee?"

That evening as I tried fruitlessly to get her to watch a DVD so I could cook dinner, I became very frustrated with her whining at me to pick her up.

"Leia! No whining!! Stop it! STOP IT!!"


Oh. Now I get it.

Great, baby's first expletive. Granted, it's a mild one, but still, it's weird to hear her speak that way. Of course, now that I understand what she is trying to say it makes a lot more sense. It's pretty funny when I hear her in her car seat telling her Elmo phone to "stop it" when it doesn't do whatever it is she wants it to do. What blows me away is how she clearly picked it up from imitiating yours truly. (I know, duh, but she's my first and I'm making most of it up as I go.) They really do soak up everything you do and say.

I guess if I want her to stop I'll have to stappee as well.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Big surprise here.

You Are 10% Boyish and 90% Girlish

Even if you're not a girl, you're very feminine.
You're in touch with your feelings, and your heart rules you.
A bit of a emotional roller coaster, one moment you're up and the next you're down.
But no matter what, you try to be as cute and perky as possible.