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Full of all sorts of things

All of a sudden, since last weekend, Charlotte is FULL of words.  She's talking about and labeling *everything.*  She's talking about things that I didn't know she knew what they were.  She's VERY excited about pet food commercials ("puppy!!!!"), and looked at the NASCAR race this evening and said "cars!"  Everything she sees has to be labeled.  It's terribly cute.  Seriously though, all of a sudden the words are just overflowing and pouring out - which makes it easier for her to ask for what she wants: "oops book," "Not Hipp-mus" ("But Not the Hippopotamus" - that's a lot of syllables), "rabbit book," "napkin please daddy."

Like Hugh said - the automatic downloads are spectacular.  I suspect this one has been running in the background for a while, and only just installed.

Also, since Bob went off to the office today leaving me half-recovered with a full-energy two-and-a-half-year-old, there was nothing for it but to work on potty training.  So I put her in training underwear, got out the paper towels and the Simple Green, and tried to communicate the concept.  We never caught it ahead of time, but she was *very* aware when she was wet - even more so than in the cloth diapers.  She hates being washed up afterwards, and she is VERY enamored of underwear, so I figure it's a good start.  I figure just getting her aware of those functions is probably the first step.  I've ordered more undies, and we'll just keep having at over the weekends when we're home.

Now I need to convince her father to put her in the bath.  I got tagged with being the parent all day - it's his turn.


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Mar. 7th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Is the Hippo book similar to "But No Elephants"? I had that book as a kid. :)
Mar. 7th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
I don't know that one. The hippo book is a Sandra Boynton board book. Her stuff is really cute without being smarmy, which appeals to me. This one is all the various animals doing things together, but not the hippopotamus. Then at the end they call come back and convince her to go with them, and they all go off together. But not the armadillo. All in rhyming couplets, of course. It's cute, and by now I can recite it from memory. "A hog and a frog cavort in the bog, but not the hippopotamus..."
Mar. 7th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
It actually does sound similar to But No Elephants. That story is about an old lady in a little cottage who keeps adopting homeless animals. Her house gets fuller and fuller and each time she takes on a new tenant (or tenants...zebras, ostrich, mice...whatever), she accepts it happily enough but with a firm declaration of "But no elephants!"

The seasons change and eventually the poor old elephant is left out alone in the snow, building up and building up on him...and at last the old lady relents and lets the elephant into her tiny cottage. The elephant fills it COMPLETELY and there's basically no room to move but she lets him stay...and the elephant, sensing the issue (keep in mind that I last read this twenty-five years ago) shoves his huge legs right through the bottom of the cottage, and stands up and begins to walk. He walks and walks until they end up in Florida (or similar) and it's warm all the time and it ends with the old lady and all her animals (including the elephant) having a great time together on a beach with lemonade and stuff.

It's cute, too. I may have changed a few details in the telling, but that's the gist (and I don't know which details I might have changed...it wasn't on purpose, if I did.)
Mar. 7th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh, it's still in print. Looks like it was originally out when I was only a year old. http://www.amazon.com/But-Elephants-Once-Upon-Time/dp/1563832747/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299463157&sr=8-1
Mar. 7th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Aww - that looks really cute!
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I just picked up 4 new Boynton books for Sophia yesterday - one of them was But Not the Hippopotamus. She seems to enjoy them now, and I certainly like reading them a whole lot better than the general population of baby books.
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on that one. So far we've acquired "But Not the Hippopotamus," "Green Hat, Blue Hat," and "Personal Penguin." Sadly, I am now required to *sing* the penguin book to her, which is unfortunate for all concerned - but she loves it.
Mar. 7th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ooo, singing... (wince.) Actually the Batlet would probably like singing better. Her current favorite is Pajama Time, but only when Turtle reads it. Only I, apparently, can get the appropriate silly voice down. Now she tries to read it with me, also in a Silly Voice. We've also got Hey! Wake Up!. The new additions are Personal Penguin, Snuggle Puppy, But Not The Hippopotamus and Hippos Go Berserk. We'll see how they go over. We've gotten Snuggle Puppy out of the library before and we both enjoyed it, possibly because it too lends itself well to Silly Voice.
Mar. 7th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Victoria's rather enamored of hippos too... in particular this one:

and of course Gloria from Madagascar.

During potty training, I envy those without walltowall carpeting. Good luck!
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