Thursday, January 17, 2008


I LOVE that Eli can talk. When he was first learning words and phrases, it felt like we were handing him a "script." We still do, when it comes to asking for things politely, learning to share, expressing gratitude, etc.

But at almost 2 1/2, it is sheer delight to hear him creates his own questions, statements, requests, and observations. These are just a few spontaneous, unprompted quotes.

Yesterday, after his nap- " I need to put some pants on. My knees are FREEZIN'!"

Sunday night, in his high chair- "Daddy's a good daddy." Then he closed his eyes and said, "Thank you God for Daddy. Amen."

Today, in the car- "Holy canoli, that's a BIIIG man!"(Referring to a bronze statue in the park).

"Is Beckett cute? He's a good baby. I can pet him!"

We had a few "dum dum" lollipops in a bowl on top the fridge left from Halloween. We gave one to Eli, and he was hooked. So one morning, he asked for one, and we told him he could have one after his nap. He tried, in his own creative way, to negotiate.

Eli: "Eli can have a lollipop."
Me: "Yes, you can have a lollipop after your nap."
Eli: "Eli can look at them."
Me: "Yes, can you see the bag?"
Eli: "Mama can put the bowl miiiight (right) here." (He's pointing to a spot on the kitchen floor.)
Me: "No, we're not going to get the bowl down right now."
Eli: "I can put it might here in my hands like this" (Holding his cupped hands together, arms extended.)
Me: "We're going to leave the bowl up there."
Silent pause...
Eli: "Daddy can come in the kitchen and stand miiight here." ( Pointing to the same spot on the kitchen floor.)

I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty, but something tells me there are many more to come, so stay tuned!

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