Saturday, August 6, 2011

Broken Record

We've been having some what I've been told is normal toddler behavior around here. Seriously, if I had a $1, scratch that, if I had 10 cents, for every time I've had to repeat myself lately, we'd have enough money for Ella and Finley to go to college and each get a PhD. I mean, I don't know if I'm not talking loud enough or if Ella is good at tuning me out, but I have to repeat myself or ask her to do the same thing over and over again. Last week Ella went to bed without supper one night, her bath the next night, and then her prized popsicle the next night all because she didn't do what we asked of her. The night she went without a bath was also the night she got a spanking, one of her first, and she quickly told me "mommy, that hurt me". I think it's beginning to click with her in that when I ask her to do something, I expect her to do the first time or she gets in trouble. I also tell her every morning that she better put on her listening ears for the day. And then it's really cute because she pretends to put on actual ears. To her credit, she's getting much better (thank the Lord) because now when I ask her to do something, she usually does it right away and then tells me "see mommy, I listen to you". Here's an example of when she did not listen so well:

Me: "Ella, it's time to pick up your toys. I want to pick up all your balls and put them in their bin".

Ella: "Ok mommy".

After I finish cleaning up after dinner, I go back into her playroom and find her sitting on the couch, trying to turn the bin over with her foot and not picking up her toys.

Me: "Ella, what are you doing"?

Ella: "Not picking up my toys".

Now, I know this is probably one of those things where you had to be there to fully appreciate the humor, but I near about died when she said this.

And then speaking of humor, a few weeks ago, David found Ella putting 2 plastic toy balls down her "pahn-ties". David asked her what she was doing and she said, "look daddy, I'm a boy". She's so smart.

1 comment:

The Bakers said...

Sounds like someone turned 3 in your house:)