Upon getting her out of the car at daycare this morning:
Edgar: I don't want to grow up.
me: You don't want to grow up?
me: Why not?
Edgar: It's. NO. fun.
This was shortly after she had said she didn't want me to leave when we got to daycare and I said I had to leave because I had to go to work. I don't know if it had any connection.
This child has had another language explosion in the last two weeks. She's gone from using her name when talking about herself to using I, has started enunciating more clearly (every word in that first sentence was clearly demarcated, especially the t's in don't and want), and she's started speaking in grammatically correct sentences a lot of the time. This week we've heard a lot of "I want to go to the park" and "I don't want you to go to work" and "I want to get out of the car" type stuff.
She also knows how cute she is. She'll ask for something and I'll say later and she'll put on her cutest smile, tilt her head to the side and say "Pleeeeeeeease?"
She's also been having trouble in the sleep department, resisting going to sleep and waking frequently. Pretty standard for a developmental spurt, but not so much fun when we're trying to watch Heroes at 10:15 pm and she's still awake, asking to play with her Play Doh, asking for a cookie, chasing after the cats, just WIDE awake. I think she finally went to sleep at 10:30. Shouldn't last too much longer as it's been about two weeks that this has been going on and all of a sudden her vocabulary seems to have doubled and her sentence structure has become much more complicated. So hopefully she's done with the sleep issues now that all that is in place.
She's very much a toddler. She wants to do things herSELF. She wants to walk and wander and not be in the cart, not be in the sling unless she's cold, not hold hands, not be carried. She feeds herself with a fork or spoon or her fingers, depending on the food. She tells me my milk tastes like chocolate on one side and coconut on the other. Her favorite foods are strawberries, chocolate, chicken, broccoli, avocado and whatever her sister or her mama is eating. She'll eat most anything, though peas are not on that list.
She and her sister have a lovely relationship. They sing songs about how the other one is their best best friend. They rarely have disagreements and when they do, it's usually because Edgar took something of Bob's and when Bob asked for it back, Edgar hit her. Bob needs to learn how to MOVE AWAY so that Edgar can't keep hitting her, and to put her stuff where Edgar can't reach it. She just sits there and cries while Edgar hits her, but she never hits her back. She never has a single time. She's very gentle with her and plays with her all the time. Edgar has a particularly enthusiastic laugh that I only hear when she and Bob are playing. They are constantly hugging and kissing each other.
Edgar is jumping, running, climbing, doing everything a full-term child this age should be doing. We have a referral for a pediatric ophthalmologist to check her eyes because preemies are at greater risk for retinopathy
. The doctor doesn't suspect anything; it's just that this is a standard follow-up thing with preemies.
She's truly a delight.