Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Joys of "Why Not?"

I know I've mentioned before that Daniel's speech is just exploding. Not only is he piecing together 2-5 word sentences (yes, 5 words! as in "Look at the cranes Mama" which we see on the way to daycare in the morning), but he also asking questions. In fact I finally got to say something I heard many times as a child and always wanted to say myself. Read on...

We were in the kitchen and I was pulling plates. Daniel says to me, "Go downstairs Mama." I asked him "Why?" and he answers with "Papa's tools downstairs Mama." Troy has a stash of kid friendly tools that Daniel plays with while he works with his tools. I turn around and say "We're not going downstairs to play tools right now, but maybe later." I turn back around and I hear Daniel innocently ask "Why not?" I was so surprised that I turned back around and said ever so sweetly "Because I said so!!"

Most mornings we have the funniest rides to daycare. Daniel babbles non-stop in the backseat. Our trips are basically all about spotting "yellow school buses", "motorcylces", "big trucks", "work trucks", and "jeeps", among various other toddler talks. Well this morning in the middle of counting three "yellow school buses" at a stoplight, I hear "Jeep, jeep, where are you?" in a sing songy voice and Daniel is holding his hands out in a where jesture. It was quite amusing!

He also let on that he knew his ABCs, something I have been trying to get him to sing since forever! A week or so ago I was singing them and I stopped at "l, m, n, o" and he yelled out "p", so I had an idea that it was sticking with him, but whenever I tried to get him to sing, he just sang something else. Well, this morning, I heard almost the entire alphabet coming out of his mouth and it was so sweet!

I've also heard him sing the clean up song, the dragon tales (one of my personal favorites) song and he sings the made up "School day" song I sing on the mornings he has school.

In other news Daniel is growing way too fast for me. I am more often than not finding myself packing away clothes that don't fit him anymore. Just this morning I dressed him in 2T pants (that don't fall off his waist anymore) and a 3T shirt!! A 3T shirt - I can't believe it. We put some summer clothes on him this weekend because we had gorgeous weather and the 24 month shirt was too short for him!! Part of me is thrilled that he is growing so tall and getting so big and the other part wants him to stay little!!
This is a picture of Daniel taken just this morning wearing his 3T shirt! (Ignore my mess in the background!)
Also the daycare asked me to bring in several photos of Daniel because he is the Twos Shooting Star for a few weeks. He even has his own bulletin board, which of course I had to take a photo of!!

Lastly, it was one year ago today that we met Daniel for the first time!!! I will never forget the moment he walked around the corner into the office holding the caregiver's hand, who I have no recollection of even looking at because I was so intent on my son!!

17 comments:

Amy said...

Wow! Look at the changes over the last year! I just amaze at his gorgeous face! He's really changed and is "growing" up... even his cutey patootey face is changed - it's less round now and getting more "big boy". So handsome - he could be a child model!!

Jenny and Randy said...

Wow, a year already...time flies! And he has grown so much, but still as cute as ever!

Roger and Joanne said...

Congratulations on all those accomplishments from Daniel! And congratulations on that very special year mark when you first set your eyes on him. So sweet! He's turning out to be a terrific/handsome little boy.

Amber said...

Wow Shooting Star, that's so cool! I understand packing up the clothes. It's great and very sad at the same time.

Becky and Keith said...

I love, love your update! Kids can say the funniest things - I wish I wrote more of them down. I can't believe he is getting so big. It's so exciting to seem them grow and so sad at the same time. Congratulations to your Shooting Star! That makes a mama proud! :-) I can't believe it was a year ago that you first met Daniel!! How exciting - congrats on that milestone!

Chris said...

Your post put a smile on my face. I'm glad everyone is doing so well, and that Daniel is developing so nicely.

Carolynn and Steve said...

I love the songs that he sings in the car! What a year you all have had. I'm praying that things are still good health-wise, and that your blessings just grow and grow...

Jodi & John said...

.....and what a yesr its been! He is as cute as ever!! Cherish ever moment!

Kami said...

What a smart boy! :) I love hearing about all the cute phrases he is saying! I do have to admit that it made me laugh when he answered you with "Why not?". Too funny! J also sings all the time in the car. It just makes my day to listen to him singing along to the music! It is soooo cute! Aren't two year olds just the best??

Old DAN AND Little ANN said...

Happy meeting day! He is the same size as Dima. Dima also does 2T pants and 3T shirts. It is his little 'mama feeds me good' onch that makes the 2's a little small. What a blessing that Daniel sings songs and is good company for his mom. I totally have to rejoice with you in getting to use THE line on him! That is when you know you have what it takes to do this parenting thing! ;) Love to Daniel from us!

Jill said...

Daniel is such a sweetie. If he is there when I pick Mari up, he always comes over to me...doesn't interact directly but usually sits near me and trys to run his trucks over my legs or something like that. Too cute! I loved the bulletin board at school, so sweet. Hope to get together with you guys soon.

Kim said...

Awww a year goes by so quickly doesn't it! What a great update!

Kim

Teresa said...

It is unbelievable how fast he is growing - He is so cute- That is so great how much he is talking, too!
I love the way you described that memory of when you all met- What an amazing moment!

Kami said...

I had to post again to tell you what my little J did today!! He was saying "Why?" all night! Not really in context, but I thought of you when I heard him say it today! I think he picked up the word from a daycare buddy! LOL! :)

John and Kristine said...

His picture is adorable. He is such a beautiful boy. Made me tear up a little when you said it was a year ago that you met him...what a wonderful experience that was I am sure!

The Landers 3 said...

He is so cute - er, uhhh, handsome! Daniel is leaning very quickly it sounds - how wonderful and to be selected as the Twos Shooting Star! Wow, congratulations! He will continue to grow, surprise and amaze you a thousand times over we pray!
Steve & Cheryl

Carey and Norman said...

Love the bulletin board. How fun for Daniel to have a board done for him.

Don't you just love the why nots? Kinda cute, but eventually they can wear you down!