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Monday, January 30, 2012


Dear Olive,
I thought I'd tell you a little bit of where you're up to. Where you're up to at two years, three months, and six days. Wild Busy is a word that springs to mind pretty quickly. Just this morning, after torturing Pepper, you wreaked havoc at the library wearing only undies and sandals, then you pushed the contents of a shelf onto the floor at the health food store, and followed it up with a bush poo on the pavement. Clothes, to you, are optional. As is every request - regardless of the tone it's delivered - Shane or I give you. Talkative is another word that comes to mind. I could listen forever to your endless commentary and make believe play. Your imagination is amazing. You now have a make believe kitten called meea. She's black. And tiny, tiny, tiny. (Apparently. She's make believe, so I haven't seen her to confirm.) To see you (pretend to) pick her up so gently is The. Sweetest. Thing. Socialising - especially with kids exactly your age - is still really challenging for you (and for me). There is lots of snatching and physical aggression, and always about sharing. Although I've been very impressed a few times lately to see you using your words, and asking for a turn. (Use your words. My mantra! It's working!) In complete juxtaposition of your high energy antics, is your adorable cuddly side. And you love books, books, books. Sometimes I'm sent hoarse from reading. You choose lots to take to bed with you, and I can hear you turning the pages and sometimes reciting passages out loud. I think that'll do for a bit of you at two years, three months, and six days. It's exhausting me just thinking about it! Exhausting, in a fun and cheeky and determined way. We love you.




24 comments:

melynda said...

this is the best post i've ever read. bush poo on the pavement?!!?! HA!! love it.

m x

Nicole said...

I couldn't help but giggle at the bush poo bit too. x

Fabulous storytelling!

Sarah Humphreys said...

Our kids are only one month apart! I laughed at the bush poo...

Am finding today challenging, my two year old darling jude has kept me on my toes. I'm emotionally drained! Usually i'm ok but we definitely have our days...

Here's to an easier day tomorrow...

?

x

Andrea said...

I hope you had some wipes for the bush poo! The sharing part rings true. Sam was sooooo bad at that it was embarrasing. Fun times eh? xx

Astred*designcherry said...

Hrm maybe poo bags should become an essential part of your nappy bag equipment for future sidewalk bush poo's? Funny little lass.

flickleflackle said...

I also had a chuckle at the sidewalk poo.
Pepper looks so betrayed by you taking a photo of her torture. What a patient kitty.
You write so beautifully Kellie.
Those photos are amazing too.

Rach said...

Hahaha, yep, been there, done that!
Love, love, love it! (and am also secretly glad it's someone else going through it now and not me!)
Fun times!
Rach x

Rach said...

btw, I have a similar photo of my poor little chihuahua covered completely in pine needles by my son - the look on her face is hysterical!

mama bear said...

Beautifully worded post, Kellie. And little Olive is just gorgeous – I can vouch for the clothes are optional bit!x

PS. Love the annoyed look on the cats face.

::The Beetle Shack:: said...

Oh yes- i have the boy version. Gotta love/ hate their spark, right?!

we must get them together one of these days!

xo em

fast times in münchen. said...

Olive is even more gorgeous in real life, if anyone can believe that.

Ah Kellie, I love how you document these stages in Olive's life. Please keep recording these special moments and funy stories as it's amazing how much you forget 6 years on. So so important. xx Olive is so olive!

JoJo said...

Reall lovely post- its a lovely sweet picture you paint and its so great to record it! So nice to have found your space, Jo x

Astred*designcherry said...

Oh,I ment to say - before I was distracted by poo - my sister-in-law and a couple of my girlfriends with 2 year olds all use a similar mantra to 'use your words' and I am always amazed at how well it defuses on coming hysterics.
You're doing an ace job. Keep it up.

alex sunday said...

I can't decide which I love more - the words or the photos. I must tell you though, having a mischievous 14 month old on my hands already, you sometimes make me frightened of what's ahead! But also excited. xo

Lizeylou said...

Ah ... you gotta love her.
Bush poo, no clothes, tormented cat and all.

amanda evans said...

ha ha
this got a read aloud to michael
and he not only paid attention he laughed!
i love how she is torturing real cat gentle with pretend!

Nell said...

The girl cracks me up, she's awesome. Lovely post xx

one claire day said...

Bianca, I can totally believe that! To meet her is to love her :)

Gorgeous post, Kel. You've painted a perfect and beautiful description of your two year, three month, and six day old. xx

Tash said...

Love it Kellie! Your Olive sounds like a spitfire :) Oh Pepper! ;)
x

Madeleine said...

I LOOOVE this post lady! Love it!
Olive will be in hysterics reading it back when she's older. Even Otto at 9 loves hearing and seeing pics of himself when he was little.

Kellie, she just looks like the most wonderfully, delightful, joyful little sprite and you should be ever so proud of yourself and the wonderful work you do as a mother.
xxx

The Franglaise said...

She's so gorgeous your little one, Kellie. Two is such a hilarious age!

geetlee said...

i enjoyed reading each word!
i love the part about the black kitty and that Olive loves books :) It's amazing when kids love to read.
have a great day!

Sarah said...

Olive, you are so entertaining for us all. Thanks for sharing such great tales Kel. love you olive xo

All things Scrumptious said...

tears. streaming. down. face.... bush poo, hilarious. have visuals of your horrified, mortified, 'please let me disappear into a void' expression when said child took a crap in the pavement....hilarious. Thank you Olive, we love you you scrumptious little person & the wonderful stories your mama shares!!!

 

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