The posts have been Tackler centric this week, and I still have to finish his birthday tale, so naturally this is the perfect time to post about how my Lil Diva has changed in just the last month – her 17 month old mark getting lost in The Tackler Turning Four.
She has acquired several amusing or helpful skills – only one I’m not a huge fan of.
Top 5 Life Skills Acquired by Lil’ Diva in the Last Month
Life Skill #1 – Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes
It is truly important to understand how it feels to “walk in someone’s shoes”, whether it be a Mommy, and Daddy, or a Grandma G.
Lil Diva takes this ability quite literally.
This new favorite pastime has the side effect of adding an additional ten minutes to leaving the house – as we hunt for everybody’s shoes.
Life Skill #2 – Cleaning Up After Yourself
Nothing thrills my baby girl more than to toss something to the floor with zeal, and then follow it with an “uh-oh.”
Lately, she can be asked to please pick up the offending item and she will actually do it. If she spilled something – like her milk, because she was once again being too literal and attempted to create a milkshake – you can hand her a paper towel and she will almost get the mess wiped up. Or at least smeared to the point of not being noticeable.
Life Skill #3 – Communing With Nature
It’s no secret the Lil Diva has always craved outside time – just as her brother before her. During a recent park excursion, as we were walking along the trail, she actually stopped for about ten minutes and either observed or communicated telepathically with a squirrel.
I have no idea what they were saying, as I observed from a distance, but both participants were riveted by each other.
Life Skill #4 – The Poopy Diaper Plop
Just during the last week my favorite – and most helpful – skill has emerged: The Poopy Diaper Plop. When that oh-so-dear-god-what-is-that-smell aroma reaches my nose at home, I go to the cupboard, grab a diaper and say, “Did you poop? Go lay down so we can change the poopy diaper,” and instead of playing the Run and Hide Game of the past, she will actually run to her changing pad, flop down like a limp doll, and wait for me.
This, however, does not guarantee she will not roll away, half naked, once the stinky refuse is removed.
Life Skill #5 – Let There Be Light. Or Not.
Finally, the last skill -which has already necessitated reorganizing the furniture.
After mere minutes of observation of her brother and careful calculations, Lil Diva learned the proper Climb Onto the Toy Chest Ascent which allowed her access to the most fascinating of inventions:
The light switch.
Oh, to have a camera (other than a cell phone or iPod) that actually worked to capture the mischievous grin of delight as she discovered the joys of maniacally flipping it up and down – the power at the mercy of her tiny fingertips.
There you have it, the top five life skills my baby girl learned this last month.
Oh, and she now says the word “poop,” but only while getting her diaper changed.
What new funny/scary/helpful/frustrating skills has your child learned lately?