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General home humor school

don’t blink, you might miss it

Sofia has a very, oh shall we say, vibrant personality. I know this isn’t the first time we talk about this, or the last, but there are times when I stare at that kid and think where did you come from? From the moment her eyes open to the moment her eyes shut she is nonstop talking, sharing every thought in her brain with the world.

Most of the time it is inspiring, hearing a new perspective on the world, it reminds me to put away the computer for a moment, put down my phone, and just listen to the stream of consciousness coming out of this little being. I am afraid I will miss something, some phrase she has picked up or an observation she has made. I’ll catch myself asking her “what did you just say?” and she will always respond matter a fact, certain of what she is saying, almost with a tone of surprise that I hadn’t thought of it, or didn’t notice it myself.

Occasionally though it can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes we crave a bit of silence and we get louder before it gets quieter. The other night I was painting her fingernails before her princess tea party and I finally told her that we couldn’t talk during finger nail painting. We had to whisper. I wanted to paint her fingernails forever. Even when she is watching a movie or show she is singing along, narrating the story, or talking back to the characters. We’ve been trying to incorporate things she is learning at school, because I know she isn’t this chatty in class, and hand raising is one of them. When we are on the phone, or talking to each other, we try to get her raise her hand and sit quietly before interrupting. I think the key word there is “try”. Last night at dinner Ajay and I were trying to talk about vacations and she kept chiming in. So we told her she needed to sit there and wait. So she did. Then she and I were chatting and Ajay chimed in. Sofia told him that he needed to raise his hand if he had a question. So he did. I said “yes Daddy, what’s your question?” and he said “I want one too” and Sofia immediately followed up with “Sorry Daddy, that wasn’t a question, that was a comment”. We both looked at each other, then turned back to her and asked her to repeat herself. She said slowly, to make sure we understood, “that wasn’t a question… that. was. a. comment.” See? You gotta pay attention or you might miss these things.

General home terrible twos

hang on, hang on!

That is just one of the new phrases that has been coming out of Sofia’s mouth lately. Another one is “oh! guess what?!”. She also has been shouting “I’m gonna tickle you!” as she chases you down the hallway, through the kitchen, or into the closet as you are trying to do something productive like pick up toys or get dressed. She keeps me in a constant giggles, even as she is tries to top her best tantrum ever. Seriously, there have been some really good ones lately. She threw one yesterday because Ajay looked at her oatmeal. We have been practicing taking deep breaths and trying to “calm down”. She will even chant that. “Calm Down”.
Today was a beautiful day in the Rose city. It was supposed to be rainy but the sun came out and by the time we got home from Indian Brunch and Home Depot it was perfect weather for gardening, spraying for spiders, and trying to figure out why the water isn’t coming out of the gutters but down the side of the house instead. Oh the joys of home owning.Ajay is embracing the yard and got down to business weeding and cleaning things up. Sofia got dressed up to go outside and tried to help Ajay out a bit. What do you do when a weed is too close to a plant? Why take them both out of course! I am just happy he wants to do it. I would much rather listen to screaming bean inside.