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We Must Be Doing Something Right…

After 22 months, I’ve already realized that a majority of my time as a parent will be spent wondering if I’m doing anything right.  Are we feeding her the right kinds of food? My co-workers think I’m ridiculous for trying to withhold processed sweets from Chloe (GASP! Chloe’s never had an Oreo!) Their theory – she’s going to get it eventually, at school or a friend’s house, and when she gets a taste of it, she’ll go crazy for it! Are we doing enough to encourage her independence?  Without trying to make her grow up too quickly of course… Should we read the 17th book in a row to her or try to steer her towards another activity for a while?  Drawing, building blocks and dancing are all important in her little world too!

This morning, I had an Aha! moment where I let out a sigh of relief and thought, We must be doing something right!  Chloe and I were loading up into the car to go to the sitters.  There are several books scattered on the floor and seats. She was telling me all about them, pointing at them, naming off all the titles – just chattering in general.  Then she asked for a book called, “Shapes” that had slid over to the other side of the car.  Chloe Mae’s speech still isn’t crystal clear though, so I double checked to make sure I understood her correctly, pointing at the book and asking if that’s the one she wanted.  Her response, “Please, mommy!”  That just about did it for me, but after I buckled her in and grabbed the book, she said, “Thank you mommy!”

We’ve been working on saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ since before Chloe started talking – encouraging her to sign or say it.  Unless prompted by us though, she wasn’t saying either. We’ve been making progress, and DaddyMort has even gotten better about responding with ‘you’re welcome.’ 🙂  Hearing both ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ from her this morning, both unprompted, sure started my Monday off right!

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Chloe’s Stories

When Chloe Mae wants to read a book (which is pretty much all the time these days) she’s pretty clear about it.  She says, “Bouk, bouk!!”  But when she says , “Stowy, stowy!!” it means she wants to read from this book:

We've read this book so much in the last few months that some of the writing on the front has rubbed off.

There are about 20 stories in this collection, each one about 15 pages long.  Every story starts out the same: “This is Apple Tree Farm.  This is Mrs. Boot, the farmer.  She has two children called Poppy and Sam and a dog called Rusty.”  Quite often, the story just doesn’t quite flow.

The top line says, “Curly is out.”  Then the following lines say, “Then with a grunt, Curly pops through the fence.  ‘He’s out, he’s out,’ shouts Sam.”  They seem to repeat themselves.  I know there are some books that have condensed or more complete versions of the text, so we’ve tried reading through the stories reading on only the top lines or only the bottom lines, but the stories don’t make sense that way either.

If Chloe Mae had it her way, we would read through this 320 page book every day – or even all in one sitting.  DaddyMort and I on the other hand have a limit of about 4 or 5 stories at once.  On the weekends, it leans more towards Chloe’s preferences though – because she has all day to ask for her stories.  And really, what kind of parents would we be if we said, “I’m sorry kiddo.  We’re not going to read any more stories today.”

Let me tell you though, about a half hour before bedtime tonight, DaddyMort and I exchanged a look when Chloe wanted another story.  Who was going to be the lucky parent who got to read with her??  What a problem we have 🙂

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