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Monday, August 25, 2008

Miz Independent

Sophie's newest word is "mahsewf!" She says it quite often, too, because her latest hobby is to insist upon doing everything herself. And when I say everything, I really do mean everything. Every. Single. Thing.

Some of these things I can handle, even if they do take a bit longer. Things like putting on her shoes or pants, getting clothes out of the dryer, wiping her own bottom when she is changed, and getting herself a spoon to eat with. These things are not life threatening, and if I have the time, she can do it herself.

I can even handle it when she tries to forage for food herself. The other day she wanted some juice. Unfortunately, the juice she found was in the garbage can so she was unsuccesful in filling any of the cups she found in the cupboard.


She often tries to get her own milk, but in the end usually allows me to help her. This includes climbing up to the microwave, putting the cup in, and pushing all the right buttons. A few days ago I even found a lot of little bites taken out of the block of cheese in the fridge. The reason I know it was Sophia who did this was because she couldn't open the ziploc baggie, so instead she bit right through it. I'm fairly certain my other children can deal with the zipper, and wouldn't bother eating the plastic if they couldn't.

However, a few of the things Sophie demands to be able to do, I am not so comfortable with. In the last week she has been caught: 1) getting an otter pop out of the freezer (fine), and attempting to open it with a very sharp knife just like Daddy does (not fine). 2) Climbing on a barstool (mostly fine) and then climbing onto the pantry shelves to get herself a treat off the top shelf (not fine). 3) Asking Daddy to scramble an egg for her (fine), but then when he turned his back on the hot stove, climbing up and trying to crack the egg in the very hot frying pan all by herself (not fine).

All of the above potential diasters were averted by yours truly. I am usually alerted to the fact that something is up by the sound of the barstool being dragged across the kitchen floor.

Sometimes I think I should never, ever take my eyes off of this child.

18 comments :

  1. Lara, reading this post is like I am just looking in a mirror. Ainsley doesn't use the word yet, but I am sure it's going to be here soon! What do we do with they independent girls?!

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  2. sca-wy...
    Guess who worked out this AM. Would you get on meebo -- I only have 4 more minutes before I have to start my day.

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  3. I have a Sophia of my own...named Colton:) They are SO curious for way too long!

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  4. Miss Independent indeed. Emie does not do any of those things for herself. She has a mischevious older sister who does all those things for her. She reaps the benefits without getting herself in trouble. Smart Cookie. We seriously need to cage Sloane but I know she would find a way out. Her mind must be in constant motion. How exhausting...for me anyways.

    Good luck because she is only two! Luckily she is so dang cute!

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  5. I know the feeling. :) I'm impressed by her independent spirit!! What a cute post.

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  6. Jonas is becoming more and more like that. He loves to climb anything he can. Scares me to death.

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  7. Yikes! I don't think any of my girls were ever that independent. Lucky you!

    She sure is a cutie though.

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  8. I am so sorry!!!Jackson is becoming more like that every day! HE has now mastered climbing onto almost anything. Scary!!!

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  9. yeah for toddlers! What a fun age. Caleb is the same way but less of a climber so he just stands there and begs for whatever he wants.

    Marielle

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  10. My two girls are the same. Tanner always give me a heads up though. If they are in the knife drawer then Tanner tells me to run fast.

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  11. lara- got your comment - thanks- send me your email and I'll invite you to our private family blog! your girls are adorable!! fun to hear from you! sharla (palmer now) sharla.palmer@gmail.com

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  12. Your post totally makes me think of the article from this month's Ensign, "Grasshoppers, Purple Bathtubs, and Other Surprises." It's funny how our kids each grow and develop in such different ways. I actually wouldn't mind a little dose of independence for Bradley...I have to BEG him to put his underwear and pants back on by himself after he goes to the bathroom (oh, and he's 4!). He NEVER wants to do anything by himself...such a social little guy.

    I always wished they'd be more independent, but after reading your post maybe I should be thankful that my two little guys aren't quite that independent. :)

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  13. AUGH!!!!! May Sadie never ever follow in these footsteps!

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  14. Sophie is quite the precocious little one isn't she? But, with that sweet face, she could get away with murder.

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  15. Can you believethose blonde curls???

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  16. Oh my goodness ,I would have a heart attack! hahaha

    My little one is starting to be quite independent..more then the other two ever were..is this what I have to look forward to?? haha

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  17. oh i LOVE it!! Her hair is adorable!! Did you make her bows?

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  18. Not your kid, too. What is it with the stool-pushing-so-I-can-get-into-all-kids-of-stuff two year olds?? The horror!!!!

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