* I have a bruise and a bump on my nose from being hit in the face with a large, plastic barn. Don’t lay too close to your child if they are prone to barn-related freak outs.
* Isobel has decided that Pikachu is her baby. Every so often she’ll tattle on him and tell me “Pickachu’s not sharing.”
* She has been sticking her hamster (named “baby bunny”) down her shirt and telling me, “the baby’s in the belly.”
* While playing with her plastic zoo animals, she asked herself, “What noise does a hippo make?” without skipping a beat she answered, “OINK!”
* I drink a lot of EmergenC in my house to prevent dehydration. When you have a condition like Crohn’s disease, hydration becomes very important, so her whole life she’s watched me down gallons of the pink stuff. One time she asked me for a sip, and when asked if it was good she said, “…it’s PINK!” Good enough for her, I guess! She also has watched me drink cup after cup of coffee, so now when she hands me packets of EmergenC she sometimes calls them, “pink coffee.”
* I was able to convince Isobel that a whole wheat bagel spread with vegetable cream cheese was a doughnut. She loved it.
* I spend an inordinate amount of time every day wrapping Isobel up in a blanket while she pretends to be a baby. To make matters even more ridiculous, she hated being swaddled when she was an infant.
* Every day she asks me if she can wear her pink “simmin’ scoot.”
* We go outside on Mondays specifically to watch the garbage trucks do their rounds, and we’ve noticed a few other kids do so, too. Our sanitation workers are rockstars on our street, and they know it.
* Isobel tends to refer to things that are hers as “my Isobel’s.” As in, “This is my Isobel’s sock!” However, I asked her if she wanted to go play with Baby Kingston one day and she responded with a hearty “I LOVE MY BABY KINGSTON!”
* We’ve been dutifully watering our new lawn and Isobel likes to hold on to the hand sprayer. To get her enthusiastic about the chore I taught her how to find the ‘baby rainbow’ in the sprinkler mist. Now when she holds the hose she shouts, “I see the baby rainbow, Mama!”
* Once while playing at the park a scary-looking duck wandered into the toddler play area. I don’t really know how to fully describe the horror of this duck. Most ducks are beautiful creatures but this one had a face like a turkey vulture. All the other kids, and I mean even the fifteen year olds, backed away from this duck as it strutted into the play area, obviously used to the power of being feared. Isobel, however, walked right up to it and said, “HEEEEY, CHICKEN!” It backed off immediately.
* We made Sunday’s delicious Chicken Puffs the other night and they blew Isobel’s mind. Also, she calls them “Chicken Pups.”
* She is trying to dress herself more often these days, which usually results in her wearing no shirt and two pairs of shorts at the same time.
* I’ve noticed she dips her bacon into barbecue sauce if given the opportunity. She might actually be a genius.
* We were playing in her room one afternoon when she motioned to the changing table. “This is for the buns,” she said, matter-of-factly.
* At breakfast one day she requested a strawberry and a banana. She started playing with them and I heard her say, “No fighting, strawberry and banana!”
* Listening to her read “Blue Hat, Green Hat” to herself damn near killed me.