(Grace: circa 18-19 months)
With all the big things that have been happening with Nathan lately, I think we should now switch the spotlight to our little Gracie…
She’s turning out to be the sweetest, smiley-est, funniest little girl with a real quirky little character of her own. Here are a few fun facts about her…
Her self-created nickname: CeCe / Xi-Xi (her version of ‘Gracie’)
Favourite accessory: Handbags
Favourite song: ‘Love is an open door’ (from ‘Frozen’)
Favourite food: Pretty much anything and everything. Except eggs--not that she’s allergic to them or anything like that. She simply doesn’t like them. (Sigh. Yes. I know).
Favourite comedian: Kor-Kor
Favourite role model: Kor-Kor
I started to compile a list of words she can say and I realised that the list is actually quite extensive. We are now at the stage of having fairly meaningful short conversations with her. So I thought I’d share some of the typical exchanges and conversations we have with her throughout the day…
If she has a little tumble…
Mummy: You alright, Grace?
Mummy: You sure?
When we’re getting ready to head out…
Mummy: Okay, time to get ready to go, kids!
Grace: Kai-kai! Kai-kai! Kai-kaaaaaaaai!!!!!
Mummy: Yes, we’re going out kai-kai.
Grace: Shoo-Shoo-Shooooooo!!! At-At-Aaaaaaat!!!
Mummy: Yes, get your shoes and hat.
Saying goodnight before bedtime…
Mummy: Okay time to say goodnight.
Grace: Nite-nite kor-kor. Jeeesh?
Nathan: Goodnight, Grace (*Muaks*)
Grace: Nite-nite daddy.
Daddy: Goodnight, Gracie. Flying kiss!
Mummy: Goodnite mummy?
Grace: Nite-nite, mummy.
Mummy: Goodnight, Gracie.
Grace: Nite-nite, CeCe.
Mummy: Alright, go get *Momo and go to sleep. (*Her little monkey lovey)
Grace: Yallow, Momo!
Sometimes after putting her down to sleep…
Grace: Maaaahmeee!!! Maaaaaaahmeeeeee!!! (*with pathetic wails*)
Mummy: What is it Grace? What happened?
Grace: (*In a teary voice*) Momoooooo…
Mummy: Oh, I see you dropped your Momo. (picking up her lovey from the floor)
Grace: Ten-too… (*sniff sniff*)
In the reading corner with her big brother…
Nathan: Gracie, do you want me to read you a book?
Grace: Yas! (*bouncing up and down on the cushion excitedly*)
Nathan: Okay, let’s read this one. One Elephant.
Grace: Feeeen, feeeen!!!
Nathan: Two pandas.
Grace: Tah-dee, ta-dee!!!
Nathan: This is not a teddy, Grace. This is a panda.
Nathan: Three pigs.
Grace: Peeeeek, peeeeek!!!
Nathan: Four giraffes.
Grace: Nay, naaaaaay!!!
Nathan: This is not a horse. This is a giraffe. Can you say giraffe?
Nathan: Five monkeys.
Meal time exchanges…
Grace: Moh! Moh! Moooooooooh!!!!!!
Daddy: What do you say?
Daddy: Here you go.
When she wants something frantically…
Grace: Ter-ter! Ter-ter! Ter-teeeeeeeeeer!!!!!!!
Nathan: Mummy, I think Grace wants some water.
Mummy: Okay, okay… just ask nicely. I’m right here.
Mummy: Here you go.
When she needs help with something…
Grace: Ap! Ap! Aaaaaaaap!!!!!!
Mummy: You need help with opening that, Grace?
Mummy: What do you say?
Mummy: Okay, here you go.
You’ll probably notice a pattern happening there. She has a bit of a flair for drama. Paired with her older brother’s super-active imagination, you can bet that a lot of weird stunts and funny business get pulled around here. But of course, plenty of incredibly sweet moments as well.
So this is our life now. Living with Grace!