In other news, it only took Charlotte fourteen minutes to put on her t-shirt yesterday.
September 19, 2011

In the sweater her aunt wore when she was little.

When Charlotte first started talking, I was over the moon.  Even if all she did was point to a dog and say WOOF!, it was astounding to me to witness in some small way what was going on in her mind.

She’s been talking all day long every day for several months now.  And goodness knows I love the kid, love seeing into her world, love hearing her narrate stories and sing songs and tell herself jokes and caution herself at play, love taking time to stop and smell the roses, but sometimes I find myself thinking HUSH.  My ears are tired.  Just hush.

Yes, I know you saw a yellow butterfly three weeks ago, now can we please just put on your t-shirt and get out the door?  In fewer than twenty minutes?  Without a toddler death star showdown over the fact that we’re sharing oxygen?

I remember thinking when she was an infant that the house was always so quiet, that I could not wait until these walls overflowed with her voice and noise.  Now I think: CRIKEYS, what does a woman have to do around here to get ten straight seconds of quiet?

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  1. By on September 19, 2011

    10 seconds of quiet would be lovely in a day.  I have an almost 5 year old (his Nanna likes to say he was immunized with a grammaphone needle) and an almost 2 year old who has had a speech explosion over the summer.

  2. By lceel on September 19, 2011

    Someday, your house will be quiet, again.  And then you’ll wish for the noise, again.  Wait.  You’ll see.

  3. By Adventures In Babywearing on September 19, 2011

    It comes back around and then you’re like, wait- it’s quiet. What is she up to??? :)


  4. By Maytal on September 19, 2011

    Wow, she is absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully you get that peace and quite you want. LOL

  5. By Sarah on September 19, 2011

    W.O.W. she is beautiful and that is a great picture! And I feel ya on the talking, I have 3 girls….

  6. By on September 19, 2011

    Oh, good.  I thought I was the only one who repeated the phrase “Yes, Colin, that’s a _______” about fifty times a day.

  7. By beyond on September 19, 2011

    ha! well, i’m at the point where when my 6-week old coos or goes AGA! i melt with love and imagine what his voice will sound like… i guess i’ll try to enjoy the silence…

  8. By Sarah S on September 19, 2011

    This post made me laugh out loud! I have a 5 year old who talks non-stop. All day long and the other day he said to me - mommy you’re not listening to me! And he was right! I’ve just started to inadvertently tune out some of the talking because wow, there are only so many awesome lego vehicles that I can hear about in detail while trying to do everything else. The nice thing though is I never have to guess how he’s feeling or what he’s thinking about - it’s all right out there for everyone to hear : )

  9. By Camille on September 19, 2011

    Hahah, I know exactly what you mean. My daughter has weaned herself of nursing during the bed time routine and instead talks to me non-stop for an hour as a way of getting to sleep.

    You know how you had the run-in with the snake a while ago? We just had one too and man, do I understand the amount of freaked out you were now.

  10. By Alicia S. on September 19, 2011

    Ha! You poor woman, it is SO only just beginning, lol.

  11. By Cynthia Krajcarski on September 19, 2011

    I can deal with it at home… It’s in the car when it drives me bonkers!

    Mom! Look at those trees! The trees are big, huh? Look at them all growing. Look at aaallllll the treeeees. Mom! Look at the corn! There’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 corns! There’s 10 corns Mom. Mom! Look at the cows! Awww, so cute baby cow. Oh man, look at all the cows. What does a cow say Mom? I cow says Moooo!

    It goes on and on like that until we’ve reached our destination. I’ve asked for a little quiet while we were in the car, it works for a few minutes and then she gets excited again.

  12. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble-Style on September 19, 2011


  13. By Cambria on September 19, 2011

    wait till she turns three.

  14. By on September 19, 2011

    you can send some of the talking my way… Jude’s a few months older than her and I have to stretch to think of 50 words he says.

  15. By Molly on September 19, 2011

    Ha! Such sweetness from our littles. I wish my Gracie and Charlotte were friends!

  16. By on September 19, 2011

    Ohmygod Hannah never shuts up.  And yes, in the car is the worst.  GWEEN LIGHT!  LOOK, GWEEN LIGHT UP DERE!  GWEEN MEANS GOOOOOOOOOO.  WED MEANS STOOOOOOOP.  LELLO MEANS… ‘LOW DOWN!!!!  WED STOP WED SIGN!  AN MAN AN A DOGGIE!  AN LADY.  AN BABY.  NO, TWO BABIES!  DON’ BONK DAT MAN, MAMA.  DON’ BONK DAT CAR, MAMA.  Thanks child, I’ve had way more practice than you driving and I promise not to bonk that man or that car, but I might drive us off a cliff if you don’t shut up already.

  17. By on September 19, 2011

    (I love it, really I do.  But seriously, all that is just to go one mile to get out of our neighborhood.)

  18. By 4little1s on September 20, 2011

    Wow ! Well done you….:-)

  19. By Kristy on September 28, 2011

    Your thoughts are probably what all men say about their wives “When can I get 5 min of silence?“. haha
    At least that is what my husband probably thinks as I always have something to say ;)





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