1 Mar

Normally when I pull my camera out and say cheese to coax a smile from Isobel she doesn’t pay attention. Usually she doesn’t even bother to look my way. So of course when she decides to say cheese and smile all prettily back is when we are loading her into the car seat. Not exactly something I want to frame and put on the wall.

It starts here, with her holding back a smile all cute-like.

Then she lets loose with the full-on cheeser grin.

Cheese! I’m going to get a hot dog!

Sometimes Isobel is such a stinker. In addition to exercising her right to refuse food, she now wants nothing to do with the bath. She used to love bath time. Adore it. Sing songs about it. Cry when we wouldn’t bathe her more than once a day. Now, however, she wants nothing to do with the tub and will tell us the water is “too hot” even as it verges on the cusp of frigid. It’s just a lovely new quirk of hers, and her Grandmas have taken to sponge-bathing her, while Anthony once gave her a bath while she screamed heartily for the duration.

Isobel spent a day last week at Grandma Juani’s, who also cares for Isobel’s older cousin Serena. It was bath time for Serena, who gladly stripped down, grabbed her toys, and hopped in the tub. Isobel sat on the bathroom floor, next to the tub, playing with Serena while Grandma soaped up her hair.

When Grandma left to throw something in the hamper just outside the bathroom she heard Serena scream GRANDMA, THE BABY’S IN THE TUB! THE BABY’S IN THE TUB! Isobel had climbed in, fully dressed, still wearing her socks and shoes, in order to more easily enjoy Serena’s company.

Last night she displayed Terrible Two behavior in perfect form while we were shopping at Target. When she wasn’t shouting obscenities or melting down, she was wandering thorugh the aisles shouting TOYS! TOYS! WHERE ARE YOU, TOYS?

It’s hard to stay mad at her when she calls me “honey,” in a direct imitation of myself. She recognizes and says “octopus.” She sings the entirety of “London Bridges Falling Down” without any prompting. She knows all the letters of the alphabet and can count to ten – in English and Spanish. The Terrible Twos are worth it.

12 Responses to “Cheeser”

  1. Jen@Dear Mommy Brain... March 1, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    She is so stinkin’ cute…

    Try throwing her in the shower. We have a sprayer shower head and Allison thinks it’s the most awesomest thing ever.

    • LittleBig March 3, 2011 at 8:16 am #

      Yeah, we started taking her in the shower before she was even a year old. At first she tolerated it. Now she just HATES it.

  2. the grumbles March 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    carseat smile is perfectly worthy of a frame.

    • J-Man March 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm #


      • LittleBig March 3, 2011 at 8:16 am #

        You guys are hilarious.

  3. Allie March 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Oooh I need to try the shower with Emerson!

    Those pictures are too cute, and to hear she calls you honey? Hysterical!

    • LittleBig March 3, 2011 at 8:20 am #

      She’ll ask for her bottle (pacha), and she’ll say, “Honey? Pacha?” It KILLS me.

  4. doreen mcgettigan March 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Oh she is just so precious. I always loved the terrible two’s..yes because I’m a bit crazy but after my first 2 kids it got much easier.
    When my daughter did not want to take a bath I let her wear her bathing suit and bought tub
    I am visiting and following via boost my blog.

    • LittleBig March 3, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      She’s having some sort of mild aversion to water at the moment, but I bet if we bathed her with her cousin it’d work every time! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Tricia March 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Love that she calls you “honey”. Too cute. And my first was always ridiculously advanced, and now at four, hubs and I can’t spell things out to one another because my four-year old can read. And spell. And now we’re screwed. Kidding, I love my quirky, smart kid.

    • LittleBig March 3, 2011 at 8:22 am #


  6. Windsor Grace March 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Sounds like someone (you) is loving her little girl. And that smile is a totally killer, she’s so adorable!

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