Quirkiness Part I
As Abigail grows we are fairly certain she is her own human being with her own wants, needs and desires. Until this point, it has been easy to tell her when she is hungry, what she should eat, when she should bathe, play, watch TV, play outside and etc. Lately, she has been reminding us that she doesn't necessary want to do the things we think she should be doing. Part of this includes little quirky habits that we adore.
Abby uses what I call a "preemptive" thank you (pronounced "Tank Too")This is usually put in the place of "please". For example, she will hand me her sippy cup if she wants more milk and say "thank you!" Sometimes I find myself doing what she wants simply because it must already be understood that I am doing it!
Abby learned how to "jump" from Elmo (shocking I know that she would have learned something from the at least 10 hours of Elmo a week). Abby's jumping consists of her lifting one foot and stomping it down hard and repeatedly. Not only is this absolutely adorable and hysterical, but she has actually gotten me to question myself on this subject.
Adam or I will jump and say "you do it!". She will then do the "Abby jump". We show her how to really jump, and again she does the "Abby jump". She then looks at both Adam and I with such disgust like she is embarrassed by our jumping abilities. Then I start to wonder, "maybe she is right?"
Since Abby was old enough to sit up to eat, she has employed her own diet scheme to keep her trim and healthy. She does not yet have the vocabulary to tell me the name of her innovation, but I am sure it will be something like "Groovin' Eats" or "Shaky Snacking".
When Abby tastes something she likes, she begins to schimmy. She rocks side to side quickly all the while chewing her food and exclaiming "ynummy!". I think it's the reason she has such great abs!
Abby has a few Monk-like tendencies. If you have never seen the show, shame on you! You are missing classic TV. If you have, then you will appreciate the following:
1. Head Tick - First, Abby has the head-shoulder tick down pat. I can picture her in my mind walking away from me, lifting her right shoulder up, bringing her head down to the shoulder and then shaking it off.
2. Baby Wipes - She is obsessed with baby wipes. Anytime Monk shakes any one's hand or touches something dirty, he puts out his hand like it is diseased, and repeats "wipe, wipe, wipe wipe" until one is put in his hand so that he can clear himself of germs. Abby does the same thing only she says "ehhh!!!" while reaching for the baby wipes. Sometimes if she falls outside and has to get up, she will use her hands on the ground for balance and then she refuses to move until I clean them off.
3. Cleanliness - Have you seen the episodes where Monk cannot move on with a conversation because of something stupid ....ie...someone's collar is up, all the kids but one in a row have their hands raised and etc. Well, Abby does the same thing. For example, while she is eating if she drops something on the floor, it must be picked up immediately. If I ignore the fallen debris, she points at it while screaming "ehhhh!!!" and refuses to eat any further.
4. Hates Trash/Loves Trash Cans - Did you see the Monk episode where the trash men went on strike and Monk went crazy? Well, Abby constantly is picking up things off the floor that normal 2 year olds would swallow and stick up their nose. Only, instead of swallowing and choking on them, she hands them to me using the aforementioned "preemptive thank you". Also, she once walked up and down the aisles of a DSW Shoe Warehouse collecting all the trash people had left on the floor from the shoe boxes and threw it all out at the ends of the aisles in the trash cans. (at 14 months old).
And with that - we will end this post. I'll do Quirkiness Part II soon :-).