Stella - month 13.

I feel like Month 13 has been the month of all-of-sudden learning. It's like everything is clicking and I feel like Stella would score really well if she took the ACTs right now. She's becoming a functioning human being who says things and responds to things. She's a yummy little sponge, mimicing everything we do.

When I use hand sanitizer or say " gotta go wash my hands", she'll wring her little hands together just like I do. And when Nora goes outside to go to the bathroom, Stella will stand at the door and wait for her, and then when she sees her, she'll pick up the towel by the door to wipe the snow off of her feet.

She's been picking up the sign language like nobody's business. A couple of weeks ago one of her teachers told me that Stella was sitting at the table and wanted more food, so she gave the sign for "more" and then immediately gave the sign for "please"! She said "more, please!" She's polite to boot! And last night we got home from work/school and she gave me the sign for "eat". Food is very important to this child, especially when it comes in the form of blueberries, raisins and meatballs.

She knows what sound cows, ducks, lions, owls, horses, and microwaves make. We feel it's important that she know animal and appliance sounds. You never know when they might come in handy. Just say the word microwave and she'll beep. She even knows what buttons to push on the microwave to make it turn on (yes, I'm quite the gourmet chef, she's learned from the master).

But she's also getting a little temper. Her favorite way to get you to pick her up is to sit down and throw herself backward so that her little noggin bounces off the floor. Which is less than delightful, especially when done on the kitchen floor. Mike and I have learned when she's about to do it, so we'll grab her shirt and pull her forward. Is there anything worse than hearing the sound of skull meeting tile? Please let this just be a phase. I also wouldn't be mad if she would stop dropping her food on the floor. Nora+broccoli = unpleasantness for all. It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't look you right in the eyes and then drop it, just to spite you. She knows she shouldn't do it because she'll drop it and then shake her head no. These little things are smart I tell ya.

Oh this is too much fun.


Written Permission said...

I think the microwave beeping might be the best thing I've ever heard, ever. Your child is a GENIUS. :)

I kind of remember my brother doing the "whack my head on the floor PAY ATTENTION TO ME MEEEEEEEEE!" thing when he was about this age. No permanent brain damage was sustained. :)

Mickey D. said...

What's even funnier is when she's crying and she hears the microwave, she'll stop mid cry to beep and then resume crying. She can't help herself! It's hilarious.

wrestling kitties said...

Oh my goodness M., I need to see the both of you again soon!

I agree with WP, the beeping is hilarious...I want to hear that! You two have got one smart kid there! :)

She sounds like such a HOOT! I will have to come over soon, now that I am starting to come out of hibernation.

MD said...

One of my favorite tantrums involved the afore-said sitting/head smacking on the tile. It was in response to Michelle walking by her without picking her up on the way to the living room to play. We let Stella lay on the floor and cry (no tears) while we loudly and conspicuously played with her toys. Eventually she stopped crying and just listened. A while later, with some coaxing, she uncomfortably turned her head to watch us play with the toys. A while later still, with more coaxing, she rolled over onto her stomach and watched us. Eventually, she crawled over and started playing with us. Note: She crawled. She did not walk. One last moment of defiance. Point Stella.

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

Omg. I love this line: "Just say the word microwave and she'll beep."

That is the cutest thing I've ever heard. I love it.

I love hearing about Stella's personality, too. LOVE IT. She sounds like she's far too much fun and FAR too smart for her own good. Lila and I wish we lived closer so that they could play.

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

Omg. Just read that she stops mid-cry to beep then resumes crying. LOVE IT!

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

MD - I love your favorite tantrum story.

AH. I love this. I'm so glad to hear that this craziness happens in OTHER people's homes, too.

Trophy Life said...

wow - this was just funny from taking the ACT's until i also read that she beeps mid-cry and crawled to you all to play with her toys.

i was watching my friend's almost 1 year old and he too was throwing broccoli on the floor (sans dog to clean it up, booooo!) and he had that LOOK in his eyes. they totally know it's against the rules. little deviants.

Sarah said...

LOve all of this. The beeping! Love that she's signing! LOVE that she's got her own personality and is challenging you guys!

I remember when Lilli go to that stage of defiantly dropping food on the floor, hilarious!

Something made me think about you two the other day, not sure what?, but I was picturing you and Stella WALKING into school, holding hands. (instead of carrying her) WOW. I can't stand how quickly this all happens.

B. said...

I am so sticking my head into the infant room and saying "microwave!"

I can't wait.

Sarah W said...

I found this hilarious! ...even though the only real line I really can relate to is this one: "Nora+broccoli = unpleasantness for all." Teehee!

Someday I'll have a yummy sponge too, but for now, I thoroughly enjoy read about other people's.