20 Apr

* The routine arrangment in our household is this: Anthony makes the bottle, or pacha, and I feed it to her. This is still an essential part of our bedtime routine. Isobel will ask for a pacha, and, for my part, I will say, “Honey, can you make a pacha?” to Anthony while I settle in with the (non)baby. Isobel has decided to cut out the middle man, and when it’s time for bed she’ll earnestly say to Anthony, “Honey? The pacha?”

* Getting her to take naps is getting to be more and more of a challenge. Anthony and I don’t have as many problems getting her to sleep as the grandparents do. I guess she realizes she won’t get away with it when Mom and Dad are around. She’ll lie down for my mom only to pop back up seconds later, shouting, “Oh no! Isobel’s AWAKE!”

* One of the apps on my phone was acting up, and it was an game that Isobel loved to play. It kept crashing and freezing. After the fifth time, Isobel handed me the phone, saying, “Uh, oh!” When I told her that the phone was broken she grabbed my hand and said, “Come on, Mama, let’s fix it!”

* Isobel tries to call our friends’ baby by his name, “Kingston,” but more often it comes out sounding like, “Chicken.”

* When Isobel wants to watch TV she looks at us and says, “Oh no! Where’s ‘mote?” It took us a few tries to figure out she was looking for the remote. When it is time for TV and we pull it out, she pets it and says, “Good boy!”

* Isobel has learned to fake cry, but most often when she’s trying to get her way she’ll bellow, “I sad! I CRYING!”

* Anthony was drinking chocolate milk the other day and Isobel asked for a sip. She had never had it, of course. She finished her first sip and shouted “MMMMM! ICE CREAM!”

* Isobel has always been very protective of our family. We have had to work on her manners because when we go to a restaurant and our waiter/waitress comes by she’d respond by shouting, “NO!” at them, because she didn’t want this intruder talking to us. We’ve explained to her, over and over again that the intruder is going to help us, that they are nice, and that they are going to be bringing us something to eat. We’ve also worked really hard on getting her to say, “No thank you,” when presented with something she does not want.

Now when the waitstaff aproach our table she’ll most likely prattle on in Martian-speak and broken English. She’ll tell them about Mama, Dada, and ask for water, “taytoes” (potatoes = fries), and chicken, even before they’ve gotten a word in edgewise. Usually when they stop by again to ask if we need anything she’ll immediately shout, “NO THANK YOU!”

* My Mom watches her about three days a week so she has considerable influence over Isobel’s development. She’s started mimicking my mother in ways that are uncanny. If she sees the cats doing something wrong, she’ll walk over, put her hands on her hips and say, “OH no. Jupey!” She sounds like a carbon copy of my mother. One time after Isobel did this Anthony turned to me and said, “Do you ever get the feeling your mom never really leaves our house?”

* Isobel’s default word for me is Mama, but lately she’s been branching out. She’ll call me Mama, Mom, Mommy and, most recently, Carrie Anne. Yes. She’s two and already calling me by my first name. What usually happens is she’ll start of like this, “MOM! MAMA! MOM! CARRIE ANNE!” when she really wants something, but the other day I was cradling her in my arms after just waking up from a nap and she patted me shoulder and said, “Mama.” More patting. “Carrie Anne.”

 * When we were trying to prepare Isobel for the concept of a birthday party we started listing all the people who would be there. People she loves, like Victoria, Jewel, Papa… “And Santa?!” she asked. “And CANDY?!”

8 Responses to “Snapshot”

  1. I can’t believe how articulate she is!

    • LittleBig at 10:51 am #


      My Mom pointed out that I was exactly the same way. Then she said something about sweet sweet revenge?

  2. Laura at 9:48 am #

    starred in my reader.

  3. Alicia at 10:05 pm #

    Oh sweet baby Jesus! I just laughed so loud I almost woke the sleeping baby in the room across the way. The best part was Anthony when he said, “Do you ever get the feeling your mom never really leaves our house?”

    I have a feeling Miss Olivia is going to be a chatterbox at an early age like Isobel.

    • LittleBig at 2:03 pm #

      It’s going to totally shock you, how they can just… keep going…

  4. Windsor Grace at 12:45 am #

    Omg this is adorable!

    • LittleBig at 12:08 pm #

      She’s a lot of work, so it’s a good thing she’s cute.

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