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conversations with toddlers

Two weeks ago last Friday, we converted Dexter’s crib into a toddler bed.  The first few nights went well, then when they both realized the freedom that this transition allowed them, all hell essentially broke loose.  By the following Saturday, the madness reached it’s peak.  They had been in their room for maybe and hour and a half, just running laps and going insane when I heard the door creak. We’ve been putting the baby gate up at their door to minimize their trips out to the living room to ask a question or pose a “guess what…” conversation.  We muted the t.v. and waited for one of them to yell out to us.

Theo: Mommy?
Me: Yes?
Theo: Can you turn on the light for me?
Me: No. It’s bedtime.
Theo: But Mommy!! We’re playing shooters and all SORTS of games in here!!
Me: Then I guess you’ll have to play in the dark.
Theo: (very excitedly) OKAY THANKS MOM! (and slams the door shut).

Ryan and I busted out laughing.  I’m assuming he was thrilled that I essentially gave him permission to continue playing. The best part of it was that Theo can reach the light, could have turned it on himself, and we would have never known…

Little tidbits:

Theo refers to tomorrow as “next day” and yesterday as “last day.”

Dexter calls tomatoes “buh-nay-toes.”

Can’t they just stay little forever?

friday night fist to the face

Picked up the boys a few minutes early today, looking forward to spending time with them over the weekend.  Like always, we strolled on the sidewalk over to the nearby pond to look for fishies.  We promised to bring bread treats for them on Monday.  I prompted the boys to climb up into their carseats and they did without incident. Rare.  As I was buckling Dexter into his seat…

I leaned in, smiling at him, as I pulled his seat belt tight and asked “so what did you have for lunch today?”

Dexter: –punches me in the mouth with a huge smile on his face–
Dexter:  Hehe.

Gasping in shock, I finished strapping him in and told him he was going to time out when we got home.

During the 5 minute car ride:

Dexter:  Can we look for skoo buses?  Can we look for skoo buses?  Mommy! MOMMY! CAN WE LOOK FOR SKOO BUSES???
Me: I’m not talking to you right now Dexter.
Theo: You’re in big, super big, trouble Mister.  How does that feel, huh?  Do my words tickle your ears? Huh?
Me: — hides face and stifles laughter.

Back at the ranch:

Heart. Broken.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me? Apparently not.
Happy weekend, y’all!

a blast from the past: things Theo said

Woweeee, I just looked at my drafts and found this list of cute things Theo was saying…in February 2012, just before his second birthday. I’d forgotten about a lot of them and it’s remarkable to realize how much his vocabulary and ability to pronounce things has grown in the last year and a half.  He talks like a 6 year old now and rarely mispronounces things.  When he does, I savor it.  The only things I can think of right now, off the top of my head, are “bane-dane” (band-aid) and “read the constructions” (instead of instructions).  I’m sure there are others, but I’ll have to think about it and make a list. Need to make a list for Dexter too!

As a refresher, here’s how Theo looked a year and a half ago…

versus today (literally today…he’s sick with a fever)

And here are a few cute things Theo was saying a year and a half ago…

“Whoozat name?” (whenever he wanted to know what something was or what someone’s name was).

“I hit mommy in the face.  Agaiiiiin.”  (NICE, son.)

“Go to Angie’s house? I so happy!”
“Go to playground? I so happy!”
“Get a new toy? I so happy!”
“Go to store? I so happy!”

Kanket. Two kankets.  Cars Blankie. Too. (I remember him adding “too” as a separate sentence to MANY things that he said).

Mommy do it.

Talkin’ bout

How bout?

E-O’s room

Be right back.

I’ll cwean it up.

daddy wook. mommy here. desser here. (Daddy at work, mommy here, and Dexter here… clearly when I worked third shift, this is kind of sad! I miss our together days).

What cute things are your toddlers saying these days?