C is also for: Catch up, Momma, you’re eating my dust.
February 10, 2012

Sometimes I am left with the general impression that my child is secretly running circles around me.  A few days ago, for example, Charlotte asked me about letters.

So I went on this long, rambling explanation of how mail works, right?  I busted out the atlas and some of our books about different peoples of the world and talked to her about addresses and postal workers and her pint-sized pen-pal and…

It turned out she meant the alphabet.

And yesterday she said she wanted to “do orange.”  It is orange season and we have seventeen trees.  That kid can pick oranges until the cows come home as far as I’m concerned.  It was naptime when she mentioned it, so while she was asleep I laid out her fancy dress from her cousins on the bedroom floor (just because she loves being all dolled up while she gets good and dirty) and prepared a basket for her to put the picked oranges in.

I thought I had every base covered.  When she woke up, I heard the telltale cry of excitement from the bedroom when she saw the fancy dress.  She got dressed up and she put on her ballet slippers and I buttoned her up and we went outside and picked oranges.

We came inside when the sun set and as we were unloading the oranges onto the kitchen counter, Charlotte said to me, “I still want to do orange, Momma.”

She wanted to take a color walk, which is when we walk through the neighborhood pointing out everything in one color and only collecting nature treasures that are that color.

Oh well.  I told her we’d take a color walk tomorrow (so long as she doesn’t pick green because HOLY CRAP you haven’t lived until your toddler has forced you to list off individual blades of grass) and in the meantime, at least I got some cute pictures in that dress.

“CUTE!” she screamed when I muttered that under my breath.  “C is for CUTE!  AND C IS FOR CHARLOTTE!  AND I AM, I AM SO CUTE!”

Sigh.  At least she has C memorized.

In other news, my grandmother is busting out her mad sewing skills to teach me the most rudimentary basics ever today, so wish me luck.  My toddler will probably watch this unfold and then whip up a masterpiece with a blindfold on while I botch a hem, but whatevs.  It’s cool.

Also, I’m kidding.  The small dictator is not allowed anywhere near the sewing machine, especially with someone like me operating it because that’s the needlepoint equivalent of a drunk-driver.  Instead I am going to give her a stick and send her outside with her great-grandfather.  That should keep her busy for at least an hour.  Sticks and great-grandfathers are the purest form of magic to a toddler, I swear.

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  1. By Alicia S. on February 10, 2012

    The needlepoint equivalent of a drunk driver, lol, THAT IS ME.

    I went through a phase with Scarlett after she started recovering from that illness that led to her failure to thrive – she’d spent three weeks in a hospital gown at AI DuPont, and when she came home on the feeding tube she literally caught up on a month’s worth of growing every couple of days. So I suddenly had a closet full of fancy, frilled-up dresses I thought she’d never grow into at my disposal. Not only that, but I only had a matter of days in which to get them ALL on her before they were outgrown completely. After being cooped up for so long, and stuck in those crummy hospital gowns, it was like Heaven to spend every sunny summer afternoon since crawling around in the mud, utterly destroying these beautiful, pristine dresses. BEST months of my life, hands down.

  2. By tara pollard pakosta on February 10, 2012

    she’s just the CUTEST! actually she’s more beautiful than CUTE! but since C is for CUTE, cute it is!
    love those photos so much!!!!!
    she’s a bright one that girl…I love how you teach her! brings me back to those days of my Savannah being that age and soaking up every single thing.

  3. By Heather on February 10, 2012

    She is the best! And so funny. I cannot wait until my monkey starts talking a lot (ha, famous last words???) so I can hear what sort of things she has to say. Which will probably be a lot of “you’re wrong, mama” and other such. I still can’t wait. We’re getting there and it rocks! Oh, and the fancy dress for orange picking is TOO cute. :)

  4. By Lindsey on February 10, 2012

    I LOVE when you write about the statements that she makes about herself. They are always so positive and affirming and she is seemingly on her way to being an adult woman with a very healthy, positive self image.

    The way that you have helped encourage and facilitate that will be one of the greatest gifts you can give her (I think) as it will affect every decision she makes for her life.

    Also, heck yeah you are SO CUTE Charlotte!

  5. By on February 10, 2012

    After reading this I saw in the “you might also like” section a post titled “Ten minutes ago” with a picture of itty bitty Charlotte. I laughed because I thought “that’s probably what if feels like to Sarah”.  :D

  6. By on February 10, 2012

    I love that you laid out her fancy dress and shoes to pick oranges in. It must be a blast to watch her!

    Also, thanks for the color walk idea (so going to use that one!)

  7. By Morgan on February 10, 2012

    I lovelovelove reading about your journey.  It’s like reading about a parallel world.  Our daughters are the same age, we’re the same age, surrounded by friends and family.  Biggest difference?  Her dad doesn’t live with us, and I can’t be growing my own garden.  C’est la vie!  Thank you for allowing one of my dreams to be vicariously through you!....the garden, that is.  :D

  8. By on February 10, 2012

    You. Are. The. Best. Mother. Ever!

  9. By Sarah Christensen on February 10, 2012

    Thanks, guys, for the kind words, but seriously, I don’t come up with this stuff on my own.  I got the color walk idea off a parenting discussion forum (it started out with color days when she was younger where we would spend all day fixated on one color in particular and then slowly evolved) and someone who, like Alicia S, had a surplus of fancy dresses for their daughter gave me the idea of turning fancy dresses into play clothing.

    Lindsey - Thank you!  What a compliment!  I tell people all the time that one of the best gifts my mother gave me was self-assurance and a healthy self-image.  I hope I’m able to pass that on to Charlotte too =)

    Morgan - LOL!  Who needs the man, right?  I have a bitch of a time finding other mothers my age with children Charlotte’s age, so I think it’s pretty neat that we’re such close parallels.  I read on your blog that you’re in school; what are you studying?

  10. By Alicia S. on February 11, 2012

    Sarah, can I just tell you… Whenever friends or family try to compliment me on the kind of stuff I do with my kids I’m always like, “Youre complimenting the wrong person… Read BecomingSarah.com or Pinkandgreenmomma, or Jenloveskev.com, etc. These people are the awesome parents.. I just copycat!“ lol. Its more than just the cool ideas though.. I feel like I’ve learned so much about how to enjoy parenthood from reading your blog. That’s what makes you awesome :)

  11. By Camille on February 12, 2012

    What a cutie! She’s so smart. Hahah, my daughter picks grass, flowers, rock, sticks, etc. when we go on walks and makes me carry them all home. They are her treasures.

  12. By kbreints on February 15, 2012

    Love the orange picking pictures. Darling.

  13. By Julie on February 15, 2012

    I just have to say these photos are to die for. I love them!!!! Charlotte just gets more and more adorable as if that’s possible.





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