It's been a few months since I last saw my niece. I keep hearing stories though - how much she talks and most especially, how much she voices her opinion. Seeing her this weekend gave me a chance to look at the world through a two year old's eyes.
(1) My niece's (she actually still lets me call her Baby) favorite color in all the world is purple. She not only feels the need to tell you this multiple times a day and insist on wearing, watching and using purple things but she likes to just say Purple! at random points during any conversation. It comes out sounding like some awesome version of beat poetry.
(2) Last week, while doing some shopping, my niece fell in love with some Dora Necklace. When they got home, the Niece kept asking for it and her mother told her, "If you want it, ask for it for Christmas." Now if you ask her what she wants for Christmas she immediately responds, "Dora necklace!"
(3) My niece now carries around a rather large collection of toys with her at all times. She has always carried around Teddy, a now ragged pink bear that has been washed and dried so many times, I marvel that it still has some life. But to add to that, she also insists on Baby Teddy (a smaller version of Teddy), Purple Baby (it's given name is Purple) and Princess Tiana. It's quite a lot to keep track of.
(4) When my niece met my newest niece (four days old and quite the cutie although I still haven't settled on a good nickname for her), we all wondered how she would take it. On the way up to see the little one, we would have these kind of conversations...
Me: Where are Sarah and Marc?
Baby: At their house.
Me: Where is Baby Naomi?
Baby: In Sarah's belly.
Me: Nooo...she's not in Sarah's belly anymore.
When we got to the house and my niece got to meet Baby Naomi, we all watched her cautiously. She didn't say anything for the first several minutes and then very wide eyed announced, "I have a baby too!"
I looked around for her toys, thinking she was referring to Purple Baby or Baby Teddy. Instead, she lifted up her shirt, "In my belly!"
We all laughed so hard, some of us (i.e. me) cried. I think she was so excited and shocked that babies simply come out of someone's belly that she wanted one too. Once she realized the baby took a lot of attention away from her and was a lot of work overall, I think she quickly dropped the opinion that she had/wanted a baby of her own.
(5) From then on, my niece started calling Baby Naomi, "Pink Baby" because she was in pink. "Mommy is holding Pink Baby and I am holding Purple Baby."
(6) To give the niece some attention, I took her downstairs to watch a movie. She found a tube of lip balm and came over.
Baby: What is this?
Me: It's lip gloss. [I didn't think she knew what lip balm would mean but I know she knew what lip gloss was]
Baby: Oh, good!
She takes off the lid and starts applying the balm to her lips as we watch the movie. I watch her and silently chuckle to myself. She applied that lip balm for a full ten minutes, running it back and forth from one check to the other, mostly missing her lips. Baby looked over and saw me watching her.
Baby: How does it look?
Baby: Want some?
Me: <laughing> Nope. Thank you.
Baby: <self-satisfied smile> You're welcome.
I cracked up and she found the lid and put it away. Then three minutes later she pulled it out again. "I think I need some more."
(7) She loves making phone calls. She found a remote controller for some baby monitor and carried it around as her cell phone. She kept calling, "MY Papa" where she would have short conversations that were short, included a lot of uh huhs and ended in "Okay, I love you, Bye bye."
(8) She is snarky but I can't figure out if it's on purpose or not.
Marc: Is your mommy holding you?
Marc: Did you have pancakes for breakfast?
Marc: Did you have fun?
Marc: Can you say un-uh?
Baby: <shakes her head>
Me: What color is that?
Sister: How do you say 'blue' in Spanish?
Sister: You know this, it's 'azul'
Me: Can you say 'white' in Spanish?
Baby: White in Spanish.