While most days with Lauren are pretty comical, these past few days she has really outdone herself. I’m sure that to most, her silly little tactics might not seem too entertaining, but I have laughed out loud at her several times lately…sometimes out of amazement, sometimes out of pride, and sometimes because I think she’s just funny. Let me share a few incidents from the past couple of days.
Lauren has suddenly decided that she needs to pop her back on the floor like I do. I don’t think that she’s seen me do this very often (more so as of late since I’m in desperate need of a visit to the chiropractor right now), but yesterday I mentioned that I was going to pop my back as I passed her on my way to lay on the floor. By the time I turned around, she was already lying on the floor and strangely enough pretty close to being in the right position, smiling from ear to ear with pride. Of course, I had to laugh and snap a few photos. One of her more endearing acts was after she fell down outside on the sidewalk. Generally she jumps right back up after a topple and takes off, but this time was different. She hit pretty hard on the concrete, catching herself with her hands and just stayed down, crying. I whisked her up and immediately took at glimpse at her hands to survey the damage…nothing visible, perhaps a little ego bruising, so I kissed one of her hands over and over until she stopped crying. The kisses must have been exactly what she needed because she shoved the other one in my face so I could shower it with kisses as well. I laughed gleefully knowing that Lauren loved receiving my kisses as much as I loved giving them. I could go on and go about how much Lauren has picked up from just observation. She tried using my eyelash curler on Tuesday as she has seen me do many times before (I was luckily there to deter her before any damage was done) and she gets a huge kick out of turning Ryan’s computer on and off…and then on and off and on and off again (I think it has something to do with the blue light that appears and disappears each time). I mentioned to her on Monday that the sweater she had picked up off the floor while I was sorting dirty laundry was in fact dirty and needed to be washed. She then so matter-of-factly drug it down the hall and into the laundry room, returning to me with a big smile…I, of course laughed out loud with amazement. She is now very insistent that after I’m done with brushing her teeth that she needs a turn. With no couching from me, on her very first attempt she took the brush, placed in on her pointer finger as she has seen me do so many times and then stuck it in her mouth, singing. You see, Lauren hasn’t always been so excited about getting her teeth brushed so I would always sing to her as a distraction. I guess now she thinks that’s what you do and it should be quite interesting to see her sing when we start to use toothpaste.
I’m pretty sure that some of my other behavior has rubbed off on her too. For instance, we had to run into Old Navy yesterday to grab a quick gift. Lauren seems to enjoy this store very much and I know it’s only because of the dog statue. I decided since we were just running in and out, I would forgo the stroller and I would just steer her clear of the dog. In my attempt to reroute her back to the checkout without walking past the dog, we had to walk past an end cap of two jillion socks, with probably close to one jillion of them lying on the floor instead of hanging up. My daughter would not stop picking up the socks on the floor and handing them to me so that I could hang them up properly. After the sixth pair, I had to finally pick her up and dart to the cashier because we would have been there all day. Her tidiness doesn’t stop there. Hailey has been such a bad girl lately, getting into the trash everyday it seems. Lauren is now familiar enough with the drill of scolding the dog and then picking up the mess to put in the trash can, she helps me out. However, yesterday was a challenge for her. Hailey had torn up some foil. It seems that the shiny, sliver paper was just too pretty for Lauren to throw away so she carried it around the house for some time. Because I was afraid to think where it might end up if I didn’t get it away from her, I was finally able to convince her that washing her hands in the bath room would be much more fun than the foil so I pulled out the bathroom trash can from the corner so that she could happily discard of it and wash her hands. After several minutes of hand washing I put LP down and went to get the hand towel to dry her. Apparently she could not stand the trash can being out of place because as I turned around, she was in the process of pushing it back into its rightful place, the corner. Such a good little helper!
Yes, I could go on and on but I better leave with one last too cute not to share story. While getting the mail Monday afternoon, Lauren was distracted by some weeds in the neighbor’s yard and made a beeline for them. She picked one and then attempted to place it behind her ear as I had done with some of our flowers during the summer. It has been at least two months since we have had any flowers so I was pretty astonished that she remembered. And to top it off, when she couldn’t get the weed behind her ear, she just stuck it in her ear! We spent that afternoon outside with “flowers” behind our ears, enjoying the sun! Check out Lauren and Mommy being silly and loving it!