I had one of those - Holy Crap! - moments today. After a pretty grueling day of chasing after both of our wee ones, I was exhausted by the time I got ChickPea ready for bed. She was being good and was already reading books in her room while I put Lil Man to sleep. I got into her room and she had her Bert & Ernie's New Kitten book out. Here's our conversation:
Me - Do you want to read Bert & Ernie's Kitten tonight?
CP - Yes!
Me - OK. What does the kitten say?
CP - Meow... Baby Jaguar.
Me - Does Baby Jaguar (a character in a cartoon she likes) say meow?
CP - Yes! Baby Jaguar. Help! Stuck Tree!
Me - Baby Jaguar needs help? He's stuck in the tree?
CP - Yes! Oh no... Falling down. Tree. Ahh...... (and she crashes to the floor scrunching up her nose to her mouth and talking like Willis, saying "Oh no")
Now, this is weird for me on many levels. One, that it is becoming so clearly evident that we're having conversations like this all the time now and that they just came out of nowhere. And they happen without as much clarification and "I don't know what you're saying, sweetie" 's. The conversations come more quickly now, more like adult conversations rather than baby babble. I mean, yesterday she was saying "ba ba" for ball, right?
She also surprised me with some weird pattern-seeking talent this morning. I usually give her a piece of my toast in the morning - I just rip a piece off since she eats so little of it. Well, today she just studied it and turned it this way and that as though something was wrong with it. I asked her if her toast was ok. She said "Ephant" (which means elephant). I clarified - "An elephant?" She says "Yes, elephant". I say, "Where?" She says "In toast. See?" and holds it up to my face. I about lost it. I then asked her "Well, where is the head?" and she quickly responded "Here". It really did resemble the shape of an elephant.
And then I hold my Lil Man who just sits and smiles and watches and I can't help but wonder how he'll make me smile when he's older. For today, I tell him a bazillion times a day that "You're too freakin' cute" and I never put him down and how wonderful it is that he is so quiet and just happy. I guess I can learn a thing or two from him, too. =)