Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As the lass approaches her second birthday

Frolicking at Hoyt Playground in Astoria, NY

Eleri turns two on Sunday. Two! And while I am frustrated daily by the breakdowns as she learns to navigate the tricky world of human emotions - even the most minor disappointments are met with OUTRAGE and DESPAIR - it's pretty great to watch her grow and evolve into her own person. She's strong and feisty and funny and incredibly sweet. She will dispense hugs at the slightest provocation. (Except sometimes when Soren tries to force them upon her, and then she really really objects.) If you try to take something from her, she will fight and cry, but nine times out of ten, if you just ask nicely she'll give it up with a smile.

I've written before about some of the funny sentence construction Eleri uses. ("I see it! Pony.") She's also developed some interesting words and phrases for things. "Blanket" is frequently used as a modifier - "blanket pants" are sweat pants or fleece pants, "blanket water" is water in her bedtime bottle, and the one that really mystifies me is "blanket cheese," by which she means string cheese. Sometimes when she's playing by herself, she grants time-outs to her stuffed animals for not being gentle with one another. And I have no idea where the phrase, "I see it! Zamboni house." came from, but we hear that one at least a few times a week.

She is a Signing Time fanatic and knows a ton of signs at this point. Most of the time her usage is more vocab-quiz-style than conversational ("Ellie, what's the sign for lizard?" "Hey Ellie! What's this sign?" etc.) but every once in a while she'll use the signs on her own. We're working on politeness when she asks for things, and when prompted for a "please" she almost always signs it when she says it. A couple of weeks ago she was signing (and shouting) "stop" to some birds on the balcony, though I'm not quite sure what their offense was.

(Soren's quite good with the ASL as well, but this is an Eleri post.)

Eleri is completely hooked on the song "Pass It On" by a band called Rabbit! (The exclamation point is part of the band's name. Rabbit! Not Rabbit.) You can listen to "Pass It On" here. Eleri calls the song "Bah-bah Pass-idawn" (listen to the first 15 seconds and you'll know why). Current obsession aside, she's got an interesting taste in music. Sometimes when she gets ahold of one of the iPods, she'll randomly land on something by Fugazi or Veruca Salt and start bopping her head & dancing around. Might be a mini-punk rocker in the making. ;)

Like her brother, Eleri is very social. She made friends with a couple of girls at the mall play area today (they were probably 5 and 7 years old) and hung out with them for a good half an hour. I'm pretty sure I could leave her with Soren at preschool and she wouldn't bat an eye. Very secure in herself and her surroundings, the majority of the time, which is such a great thing. She's also, I'm reluctant to admit, a bit girly with regard to her fashion choices, attracted to necklaces and skirts and such, but she plays as rough-and-tumble as Soren did at the same age. And, awesomely and somewhat hilariously, she delights in finding heavy things to pick up, so that she can then declare, "I'm so strooooooong!" So I guess I can live with the skirts and necklaces. ;) Hehe.

Anyway, that's our lass. We have got some pretty amazing kids.

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