Thursday, November 4, 2010

All Talk

I have been loving age 2. It's so much fun to see Trenton's language progress. He talks just enough for it to be cute and useful but not enough for it to be incessant or annoying. (They tell me it might get that way eventually. :)

I love it when he shares a memory out of the blue, like when he was talking in his crib the other day before falling asleep, and I heard, "Gemma's house. Cake!" It had been a couple of weeks since we'd had cake at his friend Gemma's house, but obviously he was still thinking about it!

One of his current favorite conversations is about Christmas. At least once every day he says, "Christmas. Grandpa! Drive. Long time." Translation: "Christmas is coming. We're going to see Grandpa! We're going to drive to Utah, but we have to wait a long time." He occasionally throws a "Candy!" in there too.

Today as we were eating lunch, he rested his little head on the table, looked right at me, and very deliberately said something he has never said to me before: "Big brother. (Pause) Chase's big brother." I gave him lots of praise for this because we don't talk a ton about how he's a big brother, mostly because he's just not terribly interested in Chase yet. :)

After the praise, he looked at me again and tried another new word, "Su-eet." He was trying to say "sweet"! I could tell because he cocked his head to the side and made the sweetest little expression you've ever seen! And it gets even better. After I praised him some more and agreed that he is a very sweet boy, he said, "Hug" and held out his arms. He wrapped them around me and gave me little pats. (Ultimately, the pats distracted him because then he started trying to "burp" me, but that's not the point of this story.)

His bedtime prayer tonight cracked me up; it's pretty representative of how his prayers usually go. "Heaven Fader. Thank you - Daddy. Texas. (Daddy's in Texas right now.) Tuca. (We have no idea what this word is, but he says it nearly every night with a big smile on his face!) Bless us safe. Christ. AMEN!"

Praying with a toddler is so much fun! I was amazed at how quickly he started inserting his own words, not just repeating ours. For a while there, he thanked Heavenly Father for "broccoli" in every prayer. (We had no idea he liked broccoli that much!) Chase, Mommy, the park, and his friends Colton and Sophee (Foo-fee) also make regular appearances. Uncle Kyle made it in the other night, and it's been months since Kyle was here.

For a while Trenton was really into prepositions. I think we owe his Dr. Suess books for that. Now he's really into pronouns. He correctly uses "my" regularly. But he also likes to say "her." My favorite is when he refers to himself as a "her." ("Her turn!" he says, referring to himself. So funny.) He's also getting the hang of "I." We hear a lot of "I do it!" around here. Maybe it's my nerdy editing/Engligh background, but I think it's fascinating to see his language skills develop.

If you read all of this, you deserve a big fat gold star! The point is, we love our Mr. T!

Oh how I love those legs.


  1. I love "her" and her legs so. much.!

  2. Ahhh, I love this post! And I laughed right out loud about the burping you thing.
    I have been formulating an Olivia's-development-lately post and I have been marveling as I think about the things that have changed over the last few months. Nothing is more fascinating than watching a human being cognitively develop. (I might just use that exact sentence in my post.) :)
    And ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell me you're coming up here for Christmas right in time for us to leave for California! It's like a mean joke!!!

  3. I'm right there with you. I love this age in Ben's language development. His prayers are so sweet as he thanks Heavenly Father for anything that pops into his head. Aren't our boys so cute!

  4. So cute! I can't wait to see Trenton at Christmas, he's grown so much the last year.

  5. So cute! Hahaha, I love "her turn!" when he's referring to himself! That made me laugh.

    He's talking so much! I can't wait for Christmas to get here. You can tell him Aunt Rachie will give him candy!

  6. Such a great post. Two is one of may favorite ages. I like them all for different reasons, but at two it is so fun to start hearing what's going on inside their heads. He is "su-eet"!

  7. SO, so cute!!! Those sweet little moments like the one at the table make everything worthwhile. Madilyn is still saying in her prayer every night "Thanks that Mom is so pretty..." I like that one. :) Start feeding him lines about Aunt Mary.

  8. It really is a fun age. I'm so amazed that these little ones learn so quickly and remember everything. Trenton sounds like such a cutie.

  9. Of course I read the whole thing! And I miss you so much and have been thinking about you guys a lot lately. Maybe it's because Thanksgiving is coming up and we spent it with you last year and had such a good time. The boys are as cute as ever. I wish I could hear Trenton talking and see Chase's smiles. You are a great and tough mommy... I probably cry on a weekly basis and usually not just a little :) It's hard being a Mom, but they make it worth it with those sweet kisses, huh? Love you! I'll have to email or call soon. It's been too long.