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Some days, your Kid makes you proud...

So Katie and I were at ToysRus. I'm not in the habit of shopping at ToysRus, but I was looking for something specific. As we wandered down the aisles of brightly colored child bait, Katie was pretty well behaved. She would occasionally squeal and point, but but mostly she was quiet.

Untill we got to a particular section. Then the squealing and pointing became yelling and grabbing. And finally crying and bouncing.
Which only stopped when I gave in and took a couple off the shelf and handed one to her.

Was it candy? Was it Disney Princesses? Was it Dora the Explorer?

No, it was books.

When we got to the checkout she reluctantly handed over the book to be scanned. I asked her if I could carry it so it wouldn't get snowed on. She vehemently shook her head. which impressed the clerk.
When we got to the car I threw the book in the front seat with my purse and buckled Katie into her car seat. As I was about to close her door she looked at me with a face that would break your heart and whispered "Book". I gave her the book back.

I find it only a little disconcerting that she says banana and book and still doesn't say mama.
Oh, well, It will come.

Yeah, she does me proud.

GHR

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spiritdance
Feb. 12th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
So, how many times in her day are you referred to as "Mama" or Mommy" in her presence?

OTOH, I'm sure you ask her if she'd like a banana or a book pretty darn frequently :-)
daisy_knotwise
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Actually, I refer to myself as Mommy all the time.

GHR
spiritdance
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
It took David being in daycare before he started calling me Mommy :-) (and it was several months there before it stuck).

I can also recall a time when my oldest niece referred to me and her other aunt as "Uncle ____". Took a while for her to figure out the difference between Uncle and aunt :-)
sposter
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm grinning from ear to ear! Hooray for Katie!
Hugs! Sue
billroper
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Memorandum: pack books for Capricon. :)
oreouk
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah - definitely a staple of the luggage.

Yay for another proven bookworm :-)
msminlr
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
KATIE's books!
alymid
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
My dad tries to program my nephew - says to him over and over - "Papa loves you, can you say papa?" etc and stuff like that - my nephew is only 5 months old yet - so I don't know that it works. But he says it worked with the older nephew and that one of the first words he said was Papa.
catalana
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Yeah, that definitely sounds like your girl. So what books did she end up with? (More hippos?)
billroper
Feb. 13th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
It looks like these books are relatively low on hippos, as neither of them is by Boynton. :) One is a Dr. Seuss alphabet; I forget what the other is.
kestrels_nest
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
She's a proper fannish baby. Hooray for Katie!

Does she say "Daddy" or any variation thereof?

daisy_knotwise
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
She does say Daddy, but I think she uses it to mean either of us.

GHR
pheltzer
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Alex went through a phase where we were both Mommy.
robin_june
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Wow! You succeeded!


jeff_duntemann
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Of course, I sprinkled Magic Book Dust on Katie at her baptism. I got it from the fairy who was late to the Sleeping Beauty storyboarding session and thus didn't get into the final script. It should have been Flora, Fauna, Meriweather and Flyleaf, but traffic was bad that day.
johnridley
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Attention Ropers:
You're doing it right.
thatcrazycajun
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
The fannish genes breed true, even in adopted kids. Yay Katie!
billroper
Feb. 13th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Actually, not adopted, but it's a complicated story. :)
mdlbear
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Typical fanish kid.
mbcrui
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Once she gets to saying Mama, you'll begin to wish she'd stop. Then there'll be the stage when she calls all women Mama. My niece was 4 and was pretty possessive of her mother. Greg King was 2 and going thru the stage of calling all girls Mama. They were playing together and we heard "She's not *your* mother." a few minutes later we heard "I'm not your mother either. My *name* is Amanda."

As for the books-- you're obviously doing it right :) Keep up the good work...
marmot63
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
cool! Does she have any favorite books? Mere's favorite was Moon Soup. I can still recite most of the book form memory.

Unfortunately, even bookish fanish kids succumb to the princess phase. We try real hard to downplay name brands, but the pressure is intense.

Wait til she starts trouble shooting the classroom smart board. Mere had to tell the teacher how to download and install the upgrade when the little reminder window popped up.
naomilynne
Feb. 14th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I well remember being in the video-rental store with Shaina when she was around 4 or 5, and encouraging her to pick something 'good' ... Fraggle Rock, or classic Mickey Mouse shorts. But no, she WOULD have "My Little Pony" and "Rainbow Brite." I didn't censor her viewing or reading (much) (still don't) (much) ... but I went home, put the video in the machine for her, then went into my room and cried.

Great story, BTW. Fannish children. Such a joy.

marmot63
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Much to my intense dismay, we have 3 Barbie DVDs. Hey, Gretchen, do you want them? By the time Mere concedes to donate them, Katie might be ready for them. ;)

To Mere's credit, she is not really into the Barbie stuff and is really only interested when some other kid is into them and wants to play. Right now, she's really into Roald Dahl books and movies. She can recite most of Matilda along with the movie. It's one of her "comfort" movies when she's sick or feeling down/insecure. We've always encouraged her to think outside the box. We don't censor Mere much, either. I figure if she's old enough to be asking for something, she's old enough to handle it (with parental guidance).
mbumby
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Very cool.
catsittingstill
Feb. 13th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
:-) Very cool. Very fannish.

Take her to a library--the librarians will swoon.
carolf
Feb. 13th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ahem -- aren't you the one asking if your parental skills were abysmally low?

'Nuff said.

If she's already on Seuss alphabet, then she may teach herself to read early. You might want to watch out for it, so that you can help her if this happens before she gets to school. It makes sure that everything gets learned properly the first time. (Yes, I speak from experience.)

Re Mommy; *You* call yourself Mommy to her face, but does Roper? And everyone else?

And yes, I'm doing a happy dance. Very cool. Very Roper. Very Katie.
jebra
Feb. 19th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Very, very cool.
cflute
May. 3rd, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Hee! Our Little Guy went through a "must carry book *everywhere*" phase a couple of months ago, just before he turned two. Sample dialogue after his daily nap: [1] "Awake". [2] "Book." - those were the two words he said just after waking up, in that order. :)

He still loooves to be read stories (and gets to hear them several times a day). Only form of entertainment he loves more than that is 'tinging' (which is what he calls singing - he still hasn't figured out how to get his tongue around sibilants yet).
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