27.5.13

Inside every turning leaf is the pattern of an older tree


Eleanor turned two last week.  There are so many things about her that I don't want to forget even as I wish these toddler days away.  I know I shouldn't do that, but I do.  I may have actually uttered the words "I wish the Goblin king would come and take you away, right now!" once or twice.  Don't worry El- I would totally brave the labrynth and face down David Bowie in lycra to get you back.


It's all about vocalizing right now.  Loud, piercing screams are usually her communication method of choice.  You haven't lived until you've experienced a trip to the grocery store with Ellie and her vocal chords.  I tune it out.  She's my fourth kid, and I'm tired.  Half the time people compliment me on my amazing patience and the other half, they glare at me for my negligence.  The eye doctor couldn't take it, and suggested I come back when she was in a better mood.  I tried to explain that there would be no better mood.  This is just how she is all the time.  But I don't think it registered.

She talks now too, thank goodness.  No one understands much of what she's saying, but it's very clear to her.


Goldfish are "foofies".  Food falls into one of three categories: fruits and vegetables are "apples".  Treats are "cokies" and everything else is "pizza".


Animals are referred to under the blanket term "ooshang", a derivative of Mustang (our dog). At first I thought "ooshang" meant ocean, but no.  Ocean is "potty".  All bodies of water, from small puddles on up are potties.


I noticed her repeating the "F-word" in the car a few weeks ago.... that F-word.  It turns out that's her new word for foot.  Which was awesome at Marley's class field trip to the beach the other day- the sand was hot, and she kept repeating, in her extremely loud voice "hot f@%&#, hot f#$%&!"  We are very popular at preschool.


Happy second birthday to my little troll.  You have turned my world upside down, but you've also changed it for the better, and I can't wait to watch you grow into yourself.  Your confidence and sense of adventure will steer you true.  I hope you never lose the openness and assertiveness with which you greet the world.

I'm excited for our days together next year, just you and me.  Got my earplugs ready:).

Love you, little one.

20 comments:

Lindsay said...

Her vocabulary is hilarious! And, you should just attach a large bag of earplugs to the front of your shopping cart with a gigantic sign that says 'Bothered? Take two'

E B said...

Oh my goodness! Our toddlers were meant to be together. Except mine doesn't scream all the time anymore, as he is nearing 2 1/2 and learning to speak in a more understandable form. There's hope for her too!

Cindy said...

Oh I am getting old...it exhausts me to read about it!

Becky said...

Thank you for making me laugh! What a great post! I'm sure you will laugh more about it as she grows up. In the mean time, I'm sorry! Oh, and I loved the stuffed animals lined up along her crib--did she do that?

Melissa E Photography said...

What a fiery little lady! My kids have never been screachers, but my sisters' kids were and I could only stand it for about 15 seconds.

Parker dropped the F word once, and I'll never forget the look of the women around me. (Later, I found out he was saying Vah-King.. like Viking.. but those poor other moms sure didn't know that!)

Jen Stowell said...

Oh Katie...this makes me happy to have those days behind me. But, I'm just beginning the teens, so I'm probably about the eat some crow!! Just grin and bear it...and don't shed a tear over any of those nasty glares you get! I did too many times before I realized that they are the uptight ones who have either never dealt with a toddler or who have forgotten what that "lovely" journey is all about. Stay strong!!

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Amy and Clark said...

Oh, I laughed out loud reading this one. Her vocabulary is too funny. And good luck to you raising a beautiful, energetic toddler! (We all need help and luck with 2-year-olds, righ?)