Sunday, November 27, 2011

What has Charlotte been doing this long weekend? Perfecting her fake burp. Pretty sure it's my fault. I showed her how to "burp" a baby last wk.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today marks the first time Charlotte said elephant correctly, on her own, on the first try (and the second and third). RIP "effelant."

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bucking the system.

I sent Charlotte to get dressed this morning, and she put a tee shirt and leggings on over her pajamas. "See, Mama?  Tonight I just take this off, and then my pajamas are on!"  She was very impressed with herself.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Charlotte, the singer/songwriter.

This past weekend, the northeast was pummeled by a weird October Nor'Easter, dumping maybe a foot of heavy wet snow on our town.  Power was out for 24 hours (and we are the lucky ones) and school has been out for three days.  Charlotte's schedule was thrown out of whack, and she was feeling a great deal of non-specific anxiety.  It was manifesting as concern for Virgil, the cat.  She was worried that he was feeling scared.  Matt joked that if Virgil was upset he would sing him "Soft Kitty."

Charlotte liked it, but instead of singing "Soft Kitty" herself, she made up her own song.  She then wrote it down on a piece of paper, so that Matt would know the words, too.  She handed it to him and said, "I can't write words so I just wrote zig-zags.  You read it!"

Matt convinced her that he could not read zig-zags, and I told her that I would write it down for her.  Now on its third incarnation, I wrote it out in magenta crayon on a piece of scrap paper, and Charlotte is so proud, you wouldn't belive it.  So, without further ado, here is Charlotte's Song For Making Cats Feel Less Nervous:

Don't worry, Kitty.
Zig-zag you.  Pum.
I'll come to help you, Kitty.
Zig-zag you.  Bim.
Don't worry, Kid.
Hmm?  I have a clue!
Plumber, searchy ray -
Zig-zag you.
All done!
Kitty, don't worry.