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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Overheard in the car today . . .

For as long as I can remember, we've taught MH that when someone is speaking, you need to say excuse me rather than barge right into the conversation. She picked up the concept pretty quickly, but also quickly assumed that as soon as she uttered those magic words, it was ok to, well, barge right into the conversation!

After more hard (and constantly continuing work), we've made some headway in helping her to understand that she needs to have something fairly important to say if she's going to interrupt someone else's conversation.

She's a smart one, that MH. Soon, our conversations began going like this:

(Mommy is trying to tell Sweetheart something in the car):
MH: Sweeeeeetheeeeart, I need to talk to Moooooommmmmmy (I wish you could hear the singsong tone in her voice, it's hilarious)
Sweetheart and Mommy (both at the same time): Yes, MH
MH: (pause) Mommy, I love you.

Well, you gotta give the girl credit. What she said is important, and what mommy doesn't love to hear those words from her child's mouth?

However, enough gets to be enough. Clearly, if we're not talking to her, we should be. Right? I mean, she's 3 - enough said.

So today, when she pulled her shpiel for the umpteenth time, I waited for the answer so I could go on with what I was trying to tell my mom. I got the usual, with a twist:

MH: Mommy, I love you.
Me: MH, thank you. I love you too.
MH: Mommy, I'm so happy you put these Backyardigan Jibbitz on my Crocs (said Jibbitz have been on said Crocs for about 3 weeks, which she has seen and already acknowledged). I weally, weally like them.
Me: Sweetie, I'm so glad they make you happy. When you're happy, that makes Mommy happy.
MH: Yeah, but I'm sad Pablo didn't get here yet.

Sweetheart and I are rolling on the floor at this point. Unfortunately, Backyardigans Jibbitz aren't so easy to find, so I was thrilled when I found an eBay auction for Uniqua, Tasha, Tyrone, and Austin. She was just really starting to like the Backyardigans, and I figured she'd be excited when I surprised her one morning with the new bling on her shoes. I never even thought about the fact that Pablo wasn't part of the auction, or that she'd even care.

Clearly, we can't put anything past the MH. She told me confidently that she's sure we'll find one soon.

5 Fabulous Replies:

Marni said...

hehe - they don't miss a THING do they? :)

debbie said...

What could possibly be next?....

McMommy said...

I can so relate to the "excuse me" and then they just barge right ahead with whatever they want to tell you! It's been such a hard concept for Matty to understand...the "excuse me" and then PAUSE and wait for someone to acknowledge you!

But the Mommy, I love you part? Awwww!!!!!!!

Rachael said...

McMommy - she caught on really fast with using the whole I love you thing - she does it EVERY time. And I awwww every time. She just doesn't like anyone to be talking without her having her say in the convo (already a smart, smart girl, right?).

Mom - after 3 years and 4 months you'd think we might have an answer to your question, but I'm pretty happy we don't. I'm sure you agree that it's what makes life with the MH so fantastic!

Carol said...

Poor Pablo!!! She is so funny, too clever and cute for her own good!