I looked away and smiled. Every single blanket, stuffed animal and book thrown out and in a pile on the ground. I wondered how she managed to get her huge quilt out of crib by herself, and what must have been going through her head for the past hour when she was doing this. And then, I decided that it wasn’t worth pursuing this nap any more. It was a gorgeous day so we spent the afternoon outside instead.
Lilly continues to help with day-to-day things like doing the laundry, unpacking the dishwasher and vacuuming. When I am moving the washing over from the washing machine to the dryer, Lilly stands there taking each piece of laundry from me and putting it in the dryer. She’ll often take everything out of the dryer and then put everything back in. She does this with her closet too. She has learned how to open her closet and pull all her clothes out. She’ll put them back in, but only after shaking them to make sure they’re completely unfolded first. I can’t begin to count the number of time I have re-folded her clothes.
One of my favorite “new behaviors” is Lilly’s interest in whatever we’re eating. The second Jim or I put something in our mouths, Lilly toddles over and stands as close as she can to us, and just stares. If we don’t get the hint that she wants some, she stands there going “mmmmmmm” which is what she says when she likes something that she’s eaten (something else she learned from visiting Grandma and Grandpa in DC). It’s pretty cute, and inevitably, Jim and I give in to the “mmmmmmm”s and give Lilly a bit of what we’re eating.
Jim and I have the best time watching Lilly. We’re just waiting for the day when her constant babbling turns into a stream of words, and then we’re really in trouble!