Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Growing Girls - January

"A daughter is a bundle of firsts that excite and delight, giggles that come from deep inside and are always contagious, everything wonderful and precious, and your love for her knows no bounds." - Barbara Cage

Yep. That about sums it up for me! It's the last day of January, and it's time for an end of the month wrap up on my babies. There were so many times this month that I thought, I can't wait to write about all of the new things the girls are doing! Of course, now I'm trying to reach back in my brain to remember every single thing they've done. I'm sure I'll leave so many details out, but here are a few things I never want to forget....

We had fun playing with paper mustaches and lips yesterday. The girls couldn't get enough of them all day and night, haha.

Oh, Evelyn. Evie, Evie, Evie. My firstborn baby prides herself on being a little adult. She is slowly but surely inching up into the ranks of second mommy in command. She corrects her little sister, tries to get Grace down when she climbs up on things, and Evie is the best little helper in the kitchen. She has recently taken the job of retrieving things from cabinets for me when she knows I need something, even if I don't ask. Her favorite self-given job is opening the drawer and grabbing a spoon while I pour her morning cereal. The first time she did it, I thought it was the cutest thing. :)

Evelyn is oddly polite for a two year old. She says "yes ma'am" and "please and thank you" in several ways. For example, if I ask her if she wants something and she doesn't, she'll say, "No, but thanks for asking." I never intentionally taught her that, but it makes me smile. And Evelyn remains the ultimate compliment giver. "Mommy, you're so wonderful." "You're so beautiful mommy." And she'll say these things as she walks up to stroke my face. Melts my heart!

Of course, she uses this to her advantage sometimes. If she says something she knows she's not supposed to and I quickly look her way, her expression instantly changes, she smiles, and then says, "Oh, you're so smart mommy." I hate to admit this, but it night have gotten her out of trouble once or twice. ;)

Evelyn and Grace definitely have that "I can mess with my sister, but you can't" sort of mentality already. If I'm getting on to Grace for something, Evelyn will get very concerned and say, "Be nice to Gracie!" Then five minutes later she'll push her sister and that's supposed to be okay. Haha. If Evelyn does something really bad which warrants a paddle, it hurts her feelings more than it hurts her bottom. She cries and says, "Say I'm sorry, mommy. You have to say I'm sorry!" And she will cry and cry until the word 'sorry' is uttered. I of course never apologize for a deserved punishment so instead I say, "I'm sorry you disobeyed me. I don't like to punish you, but that's what happens when you don't listen." And that makes her stop every time. Haha.

But more often than not, it's not punishment being doled out but lots of hugs and cuddles and whispered sweet nothings. She's in a really sweet time right now, and I'm cherishing it while I can. :)

Grace has reached the stage in her life in which we treat her as if she is a parrot, asking her to repeat everything we say. Our favorite catch phrase of hers at the moment is when she throws her hands up in the air and says, "I did it!" which actually sounds more like, "I dee!" But we know what she's saying, and she knows what she's saying, and she is well aware of the belly laughs which will ensue each and every time she says it.

This phrase also acts a great "Gracie's making mischief" alarm, because if she proclaims "I dee!" in a room where no one else is residing, then she has either a) climbed precariously high on something b) filled the toilet with random household objects or c) spilled, dumped out, or knocked over whatever was within reach.

Other curent Grace-isms:

"Thckle thckle thckle" - Means watch out, cause you're about to get tickle-pinched.

"Ahh-ahh!" - Means duck, because you're about to get head-butted

"Yaay!" - Means take a bow, you've just delivered a musical performance worthy of praise and toddler adoration.

I hope I'll never forget the way she talks with her hands when she's in deep conversation on the "telephone." I hope I'll never forget the way she crinkles her nose when she smiles. I hope I'll never forget the way she enthusiastically kisses right on the mouth, sometimes for uncomfortably long periods of time...haha...but I hope I'll never forget the feeling of never wanting it to end.

Random Gracie facts worthy of noting: (Cause my memory stinks)

-The ABC song puts my daughter into an instant trance. She loves it. Guaranteed"Yaay!" every time.
-Grace's current favorite food: noodles
-Grace's current favorite toy: anything to ride on
-Grace thinks blowing belly raspberries is the funniest thing in the world.
-And no drawer in the house is quite as tempting as the one that holds mommy's makeup. (Grrr!)

In January 2012 I had a lot of fun being a parent, and I had two great kids to have fun with. Some days are insane, and I feel like I'm going to lose my marbles. But some days are so wonderful I wonder if I really lived it or if it was all a dream. With Gracie's burgeoning vocabulary and Evelyn's need to do more grown up things, I can't wait to see what the next month brings!


Heather said...

So dang cute. I love your girls!!

Anonymous said...

Awwww this is so cute, you have two beautiful girls

Ashley Mitchell said...

Aww this is so sweet. :)

Litney said...

LOVE evie's pigtails!!

Adrien said...

Thanks, girls!


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