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.
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.