But the issue still remains. Her mind constantly amazes me. The list of things Lucy picks up and carves into stone on her brain goes on for miles. Its not just "frustrated words" she repeats now. I'm so bad about always calling her Daddy "Babe." He knows though that when I really get eager for him to respond to me I say "HONEY!" or I use the same tone and call him by his first or last name. Now periodically if Lucy feels she hasn't gotten Daddy's attention fast enough she calls out for Honey, or his actual name. Its so cute though when she does it, because it isn't terribly often. And each time its hard for us to hide our laughter. If I don't really pay attention to what I call people when she's around I'll suddenly hear Lucy call her Granny "Mom" like I call her. The exact same tone I use also comes out.
One thing that is the most noticeable is actually very subtle. She's copying my, oh well, lets call them verbal ticks. She's already saying things like yeah, yeah or I know, I know! As parents, or at least for me as a mommy, it can be a little scary at times to see our own bad habits coming out in our kids. We're working super hard on making sure Lucy says things like "yes, ma'am." And she does that more than she says yeah, yeah thank God. But its also such a good reminder for me to not sound like I'm either too lazy or too hyper. She soaks up everything so when she asks me, "How are YOU, Mommy?" I try to stay away from an indifferent "I'm okay" and go for "I'm wonderful, Lucy! Thank you!"
Overall though, she is extremely polite and entertaining to talk to. When she turns something down she'll give you an over-dramatic "No way!...Thank you berry much."
I know they say that parents can't wait for their kids to talk, then eventually they want them to shut up. But I can't imagine that right now! Hearing our 2 year old say "OH MY GRACIOUS!" or "Pray for bless this food" at meal time is just still too exciting.
Sometimes we laugh the hardest over the names Lucy gives herself:
(Lucy Michaela...and she knows her last name too!)
(No joke...that is what she named her non-sleeping alter-ego)
(that one seems to be her favorite)
Yeah, Mommy, we need to talk.
Are ya' listening?
Check out my guest post, "Tightropes and Calendars," over at Faith and Deployments! While you are there be sure and congratulate LC on having her Airman home with her again!