Eden's latest thing is to pretend she is someone from a book or movie that she likes.
Her current favorites tend to be Kipper (a dog from a tv show), Evil Dr. Pork Chop (Toy Story), Frog or Toad (from a book), and Ming Ming (the Wonder Pet). There are others that come and go on occasion....
The only downfall is that she'll make sure I'M also a character from the show. The worst one is from Kipper. His best friend is a pig...named Pig. On "Kipper days" she'll always refer to me as "Pig". "Come over here, Pig.", "Watch me do this, Pig.", "Pig, I need some breakfast."
An older gentleman got up to bear his testimony during sacrament meeting.
Eden caught a glimpse of him and got very excited.
She climbed up as fast as she could on the chair to see better.
Then yelled, "Look! Its the PROPHET!"
OK, it wasn't SUPER loud...but definitely loud enough that I know AT LEAST the row in front of us AND the row in back of us heard.
It least it wasn't as loud as the time the nursery brought her over to me in the primary for a diaper change. She saw me and from the back of the room tried to get my attention by saying, "MOMMY! I HAVE A POOPY DIAPER!" And then all the kids snickered as I quickly got up to change her.
Today Eden and I made a "Halloween lunch". We made monster apples (cut out a mouth, filled with peanut butter, added marshmallow teeth, raisin eyes, and coconut hair) and mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped in strips of croissant rolls).
When she saw the mummy dogs come out of the oven I pretend to have it "walk" to her plate. She laughed and said,
Today Leila rolled over (for ME this time) from her front to back AND her back to front! She's definitely starting to realize the possibilities that come from rolling. Cause I think she's really trying to do it more to reach anything and everything!
Eden's into "testing her limits". If I tell her not to do something or she knows she's not supposed to do something, then she'll often look straight at me AND DO IT. The punk.
A little list of examples (I'm sure there are more):
Dumping water out on the floor or other places
Leila has decided that she's had enough of her pacifier. She REFUSES to take it and will SCREAM if I try to give it to her. And she doesn't like going to bed. If she sees the signs that its bedtime then she totally go against it.
On the positive side, the past few nap/bed times I've found that if I SING to her, then she's more likely to calm down and eventually go to sleep. *Cross my fingers that it continues*
One of the nursery leaders told me on Sunday that during play time Eden came up to her and said, "I think its time to start cleaning up now." She was rather shocked cause most kids would rather play than clean up.
This morning we played with a bunch of toys and made a decent sized mess in our family room. While passing by later she said to me, "Uh oh. The family room is messy. We need to clean it up." And she and I cleaned up the room. She even found a stick that she brought in from outside and said, "This doesn't go in here. We better put it outside."
Eden was recently introduced to grilled cheese sandwiches. I've made her one the other day with a slice of turkey in it. She also tends to think its "girl cheese sandwiches" which doesn't surprise me because my dad always called them that...except for boys it was "boy cheese sandwiches".
For lunch today she was trying to tell me that she wanted a grilled cheese sandwich....but was struggling to figure out what they were called. She looked in the fridge and said, "Mom, umm....I want a....umm.....sandwich. A good girl turkey cheese sandwich".
Today Eden has been a really good girl. Even when she asks or tells me to do something she seems to think it out before hand....cause she knows that the way you say things make a difference (making it hard to say "no" at times). Things like,
Me: (Talking on the phone)
Eden: "I'm going to sing my mother a song."
(Picks up harmonica and starts playing)
Me: (Still talking on phone)
Eden: "Mom. I'm singing. Stop talking. Its not a very nice thing to do."
This is starting to perhaps cause some problems...like learning flattery.
(In the movie...for those unfamiliar....the "bad guy" uses flattery to get Jacob to work for him as artisan.)
After I made Eden lunch today, I placed in front of her. She grabbed my hand and said, "You have the gift." (I could tell by the way she had my hand and the way she said it....that she was quoting The Testaments to give me her compliment aka: flattery).
Although, this has also caused other problems...such as false doctrine.
Eden occasionally holds her hand in the air and tries to baptize her stuffed animals....
We went to a friend's house yesterday. She has a collection of beanie babies that she got out for kids to play with. Eden enjoyed them.
She would often ask "What does a _______ say?"
I wasn't sure how to answer when she asked "What does a buffalo say?" I told her to ask her dad. Her dad told her to ask Seth, a school friend who loves learning about animals. He gave a low grunting noise.
Later she asked me, "Mom, what does a platypus say?" Not quite sure, I made a noise that I thought seemed like a good platypus sound. Then she replied, "No mom. The platypus says, 'Hi! Welcome to my house!'." Ohhh....is THAT what he says...
At the end of church, I was late coming out because I was helping the primary kids pass off the 9th Article of Faith in order to win prizes in the treasure chest.
Eden saw the prizes and immediately wanted one.
Me: "Sorry Eden. Its for primary."
Eden: "Can I PLEASE have one of those?"
Me: "Those are if you know your articles of faith."
(Eden looks at me with sad and confused eyes.)
Me: "You can only have one if you can say the 9th article of faith."
Eden: (thinks for a second) "The ninth article of faith. Can I have one?"
Me and my big mouth. She said what I told her to say...
Luckily one of the primary girls who passed off her 9th article of faith came up to Eden and said, "I passed mine off but I don't want anything from there. She can have mine." Eden was extremely happy.
Within the past two days, Leila has laughed out loud at Tyson and me. But not when Tyson tries to tickle her...she gets really upset when you do that. But if you talk to her and she's happy then sometimes she does a breathy laugh that is adorable!
We went to a craft store today...just to get out of the house....
And for the first time ever, Eden BROKE something.
Luckily it was only $2.
But I had her take it to the cashier and say, "I broke it. Sorry." I offered to pay for it but they were nice enough to say, "don't worry about it". I had to her do all that even though I don't think she understood what was really going on. But she did realize when she broke it that she did something bad....I could tell by the little look on her face as she looked up at me and said, "I broke it."
Some nights are worse than others for me in terms of sleep.
This morning Eden woke up earlier than I was hoping.
She asked for some milk and I decided "why not" and gave it to her. I tried to stay awake, but I was struggling. All she wanted to do was get on my bed and play around with me.
So I said, "Eden, I'm really tired today. If I put on a movie, will you let me sleep some more?" She said, "OK mom." I put on a movie and she didn't come into my room until after it was over to say, "Mommy, the movie is all done."
I decided to install a new "activity" to our nighttime schedule. Its called "Family Pick Up Time".
If you haven't already guessed, after dinner we go around the whole house as a family and put everything away back in its place....making things much easier on me.
I was afraid that Eden wouldn't take to this idea so well...cause she doesn't like helping to clean up and pick up her toys, etc. But turns out, she really likes it! She excitedly reminded me about it the other day and today she even turned off a movie right in the middle so she could clean with everyone.
p.s. I realize that this may just be a phase...but I hope this phase lasts a long, long time.
Eden slept in Lydia's room. When they woke up, they had to sneak into our bedroom to get a new diaper. They got a diaper and Lydia said, "Eden, lets get your diaper changed." And Eden replied with "That'd be GREAT!"
Man, wish I could get that response from her during diaper changes...
Eden gets along with her cousin, Trey (with exceptions of course...I mean, they are both 2 year olds after all). During our trip to Oregon they got to spend a decent amount of time with each other.
Trey and Eden stories:
On our trip to Oregon we made a stop halfway through at a motel. The next morning while packing up we all let the kids play. Later we saw the kids...without Trey and Eden. We though, "Where's Eden?" A little bit later my brother in law shows up with Eden and Trey and said, "I saw these two walking out front of the motel together, holding hands." Then Eden said, "Trey was holding my hand to help me down the stairs. Trey is so nice."
Every morning in Oregon when Trey woke up, he came over to our apartment and knocked on the door. And every morning he would say, "Eden?" and we'd say, "She's still sleeping." Followed by a little disappointed face saying, "Oh..."
While having a family dinner outside we looked out to see Trey sitting on the grass. Eden was laying on across his lap with her feet in the air. And Trey was helping her take off her shoes for her. (She's such a princess that likes to be helped with everything).
Eden and I were at Tyson's parent's house. Their cousin, Blake, was staying over. Blake was asked to help drive some people places...and Tyson's dad started giving Blake a talk about what to do if you get in an accident (since he was borrowing their car).
While Blake was getting drilled with questions and information...Eden sat and listened. Tyson's dad ended basically saying to be safe and not get in an accident
...and Eden added in...
"Or you'll get a spanking!"
(Which is funny cause we don't really use spanking as a form of punishment...)
My grandma has a large, ceramic fish in her house that Eden has grown to be afraid of. I'm not even sure how she first spotted this fish because its almost a little hidden.
But several times she has cried because the "big fish is scary". We've daily had to remind her that the big fish is nice. Other days she'll refuse to pass by the fish and we'll have to convince her that we'll just "run past it". My little scaredy cat....
One of the days she talked herself into passing the big fish by saying, "Got to be brave. Got to be brave." over and over until she passed it.
Tonight we had a BBQ. Someone brought some red velvet cake...which Eden LOVED. Aunt Kylie shared her cake with her and asked for more. When people said she shouldn't have more she took things into her own hands.
She reached up to where the cake was and was able to grab the cake spatula and started eating the cake off of it!
After that she asked for more cake and one of the neighbors gave her a piece of cake.
Later that night someone asked her if she knew how much cake she ate. She replied, "I had SO MUCH cake!" with a LARGE smile on her face. She knew she had won.
Eden has learned quickly that her new sister Leila does something very well....sleeps. When Tyson would take her home (leaving me and baby in the hospital) and he'd ask her about Leila she'd say, "Her's sleeping." She also once said, "She's a sleepy camper." (We often tell her that she needs to be a "happy camper".)
Eden also loves to get really close to Leila's face and whisper, "It's OK. It's OK." Just to comfort her.
On the way home from the hospital today I heard Eden talking but I couldn't quite hear what she was saying. So, I said, "What did you say Eden?" She said, "I'm talking to Leila mommy."
As my pregnancy progresses, Eden also finds herself more often in front of a movie. Not necessarily something I'm PROUD of....but I do try to not overdo it.
But it is interesting to see what she picks up on and finds entertaining and worth quoting.
Eden's favorite lines from movies... (I only expect people to REALLY understand this if they also have "movie watching children")
Kung Fu Panda: (whispers) "Secret Ingredient Soup" Finding Nemo: "EEOOOWWWEE" (speaking whale) Horton Hears a Who: "We're headed for DISASTER!" Monsters Inc.: "Shh...shh...the WINDS of CHANGE"
It took us a while to figure out a bunch of the things she was saying. Cause she says "Secret ingredient soup" like "secwetgweensoup". After asking her a few questions like, "Who say that?" and "Where do they say that?" and getting the answer "The duck on Kung Fu Panda says it." we were finally able to figure it out.
I try to not take Eden to my doctor's appointments. She usually gets a little upset at doctors and nurses poking at me. And even though she loves being babysat and who usually sits her, she often tries to talk me into taking her to the doctor with her instead. Sometimes she's very sneaky with her persuasion tactics...
In the car to the babysitters:
"Mommy. I go to the doctor, OK? I think I don't feel well. I'm sick and I need to go to the doctor with mommy. I need to lay down at the doctor's cause I'm sick."
(When she talks about laying down, she realizes that at some point I always have to lie down on their little chair/bed thing they have.)
Last night Eden woke up around 11:00. She was screaming.
I had my computer out at the time (was just about to close it down and go to bed). She just wanted to cuddle with mommy, listen to music (which as been something she loves to do...listen to music on my computer) and look at pictures on people's blogs (something else she loves to do).
Later we decided that she needed to go back to sleep. She said she was hungry, so we gave her some food and put her back down to sleep in her room.
You know, its time like that where I really wish she could just sleep with me all night and cuddle. But I realize that in the end it would result in a bad night's rest for all three of us in the bed. Pity.
Eden's learning different ways to try and get what she wants....
Yesterday Eden and I went to Wendy's (which isn't normal for us) and she was eating chicken nuggets and fries. Then she noticed the Frosty...but didn't know what it was. She asked to try some and when she did she got all excited saying, "It's ICE CREAM!"
I told her she needed to eat her chicken nuggets before the ice cream so she put on her best act for me....
She put her hands over her face and started to fake cry. Then she said, "I'm crying! I need some ice cream!" I convinced her that she could have a few bites AFTER each chicken nugget.
*As a warning...this may be a "you had to be there" moment.
While eating at a friend's house Eden started to monologue. (Tyson was studying at school like usual.)
Eden had a VERY concerned look on her face...and you could tell she was very serious about this whole thing....
"In the dark you bonk your head on the wall. And...and...bonk your head and get an owie. And then you have blood and bleeding. And need help from a doctor. Jesus won't help you. Cause you bonk your head on the wall and bleeding. There's blood in your hair....."
(Granted, it was much longer cause she repeated everything about 3 times and went back and forth in her story.)
This probably went on for about 5 minutes...and Eliza and I just laughed (tried to hide it in so not to hurt Eden's feelings because she was OBVIOUSLY very concerned and this was very serious.)
And had I not been laughing and thinking "What in the world is going on in her head?" then I would have made a point out of her "Jesus won't help you" and tell her how Jesus can always help you.
I went to Target today to get some clothes and Eden came with me in the dressing room.
She didn't mind me trying on clothes while she played on the bench or with the change in my purse or whatever she felt like doing.
But there was one dress that when I put it on she immediately came up to me and said, "No mom. Don't put on that one!" And she would try to take the dress off me. I tried on a few other things and she didn't say a word.
A while later I decided to try that dress on again (cause I didn't REALLY get a good look at it with Eden trying to take it off of me) and once again she started to say, "No mommy. Not that one!"
Apparently she really didn't like that dress...she's definitely got an opinion.
A while back I wrote about how Eden calls her feet chubby whenever she wears her flip flops. She still calls them chubby...
The other day she was wearing her flip flops and I was wearing mine. She called her feet chubby and then noticed that I was wearing my sandals too. I said, "My feet are chubby too" (cause after walking a bit my feet start to feel the size of basketballs).
Eden then said, "Mom, you're feet aren't chubby. They are just right."
Lately Eden's been making up words...and she just thinks its hilarious. She'll be talking and say something random like, "Boo ba da da doo la" and laugh. Then she'll look at me and say, "I say boo ba da da doo la."
I think this might be a part of her "growing up denial" that she's going though. She almost always chooses to be called a "baby" instead of a "big girl", pretends to cry like a baby, and if she wants something (for example, a cookie) she'll say, "baby wants a cookie."
I had an appointment to go to today, so I had to wake up Eden from her nap (which she was probably gonna get up soon anyway).
When I went into the room, she was lying on the bed, eyes opened.
Eden: (pulls blankie over her head) NO MOMMY! I'm still sleeping!" Me: We gotta go somewhere hun. Eden: I not wake up. Close the door. I'm still sleeping. Me: You can sleep in the car if you want. Eden: No sleeping in the car. I want to sleep in my bed. Me: Please come with me? I have a sandwich and grapes for you. Eden: No, I want to sleep mommy!
This protesting went on for a while. I felt so bad and wished she could just sleep. Needless to say, I ended up a little late to my appointment...but surprisingly not THAT late.
Eden has finally become daring enough to walk on the grass that slopes. She's usually really quite strict with herself and stays on the sidewalk because she says the grass is "too bumpy".
After trying to teach her that she can walk on the grass, she's finally overcome the fear of "bumpy grass" and will even go DOWN the hill in our front yard. She's slowly becoming more active and daring when it comes to the physical stuff.
Today the family went out in the front yard to let Eden run around.
She has been fascinated by the ants (for all of you who know me...I HATE ants with a passion...). But today I actually kind of felt bad for the ants for the first time ever.
Eden's conversation with the ants:
"Ants! I kill them!" "Ants are scared. Scared of my foot." "Where is the ant going? Running away." "Ant hide in the crack."
Then later she decided to be nice to the ants. She picked a dandy lion and kept trying to put the stem in front of the ant saying, "Make a couch for the ant." Of course she wasn't quite fast enough to ever get it in front of the ant and ended up more poking the ant along its way. Poor ants.
We borrowed a neighbor's small fold out chair for a day to sit outside (it looked like a frog). Eden loved the chair and continued to ask for it after it had been long gone back to the neighbors.
Eden: "Where'd my frog chair go?"
Mom: "We had to give it back to the neighbors. Its gone."
(Eden's not satisfied with that answer and keeps asking)
Mom: "Maybe we'll get you one. Maybe for your birthday."
Eden: "I get a frog chair for my birthday in a package."
Apparently, we don't give her many presents...the Easter bunny doesn't seem to give many presents, but she knows that grandparents give presents...and they appear on our doorstep magically in the form of mailed packages.
The past two days Eden has been trying to give us subliminal messages after dinner.
After eating dinner Tyson and I hear faint whispering...
Eden whispering: "need a special treat. chocolate."
Tyson and I were just talking and not paying any special attention when we heard these little whispers and then actually heard what she was whispering. Guess she really wanted chocolate...enough to send us little messages.
There is a swing set nearby and we went there a few days ago. Her favorite part was watching the cars down below drive by, saying what color they were, and singing songs with mommy while swinging.
Today seemed like a good day to go swing. I asked Eden if she wanted to go. She said, "Go swing and look at cars!?!?" She was very excited.
When we got there she watched mommy and was trying to learn how to pump herself. She would lean back really far and then forward really far. She stayed forward for a while looking at the ground. After a while she said, "Look Mama! I'm flying like a bumblebee!"
p.s. She's still pretty afraid of bugs, there are lots of ladybugs here. She's interested in them, but she keeps her distance. If they start to move towards her, she doesn't like them at all and often says, "The bug's getting me!"
We just got new curtains in our living room. We put them up when Eden was asleep last night. She woke up this morning and I read her some books in our living room. She did a double take when she noticed the curtains and said,
"Curtains! I see a Jurtain in the Curtain! He's a nice Jurtain in the Curtain."
I think half of the things Eden says you can track back to a certain book that we have. This one was brought to you by "There's a Wocket in my Pocket" by Dr. Seuss.
Eden's developed a sudden "I don't want to eat any meals EVER" type attitude recently. Partially cause she's getting over a sickness...and partially just because I think she's getting to "that age".
But for the past two mornings when I say, "Let's go eat breakfast!" or "What would you like for breakfast?" She'll respond "No thanks mommy. No breakfast, no thanks." She'll repeat this over and over until she feels that I've got the point that no matter what I offer...she's doesn't want to eat it.
Today a friend of mine told me a funny Edenism story that happened a few Sunday's ago in nursery while I wasn't around...
Apparently all the little nursery kids were sitting around the table having snacks. Chatter was going on amongst the kids (which most of the kids are either quiet or aren't forming words or sentences...more baby talk than anything).
Eden is definitely one of the more VERBAL kids. (Getting her to stay quiet is usually the problem we have.)
I guess Eden decided she wanted to join in on the conversation that all the other kids were having so turned to my friend (an adult there with her son) and said, "Goo Goo Ga Ga".
Guess she wanted to socialize any way she could....
Eden and I went to the grocery store and she wanted to get one of those carts with a car that the kids can play in. Since this was going to be a quick "in and out" trip to the grocery store to get a few needed items I said, "Sorry...not this time Eden."
Eden started whining and making a sad face. Then she said, "Mommy broke my little heart."
For some reason the word "pokey" would make Eden laugh so hard today. She would say "The catepiller is pokey" and LAUGH. "Eden poke daddy's backpack" and LAUGH. Even when dad just say "Hey Eden.....poke!" She would LAUGH and LAUGH.
While grocery shopping, Eden started to get cranky. It was totally my fault because I TOTALLY forgot to feed her lunch after she had a late nap and it was almost dinner time. She wanted to get out of the cart...I thought "why not give it a try". She was really good and didn't cause problems.
But when I looked in my cart a little later she had sneakily thrown in a little yogurt that she apparently wanted. I caught her when she tried to put the LARGE yogurt in the cart. She's obviously a fan of yogurt.
While in the car I turned on the radio. Every time I changed the station Eden said, "no....sing song." So, I turned off the radio and said, "What should we sing Eden?" She said, "Sing mommy song." I said, "The mommy song?" She then proceeded to sing "MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!" in a sing-song fashion.