Jonah’s Story

March 23, 2010

We’ve been sharing stories with each other for the past few weeks. Usually, Matt and I tell the stories. But lately I’ve been asking J to trade me. Meaning I will tell him a story if he tells me one. He just turned two and a half, so it’s wonderful to hear his ideas.

This morning, he shared a fantastic story with me. I decided to write it down, pretty much word for word. A few times I asked, “and then what happened?” Other than that, this is all Jonah. My personal favorite part is, “We ate while we worried.”

Jonah’s Story

Once upon a time there was a big, big strawberry. Dada and Baby Em were inside. They were eaten by a mean monster. We were home. (Mama and Jonah) The monster spit they out in that plant right there. Then they got in Daisy Mae’s mouth. We worried. We ate while we worried.

They had an idea. That they could fly out if they spread they arms out and put an airplane on they arms. So they fly. Then they got in this milk.

We were very, very sad. We cry. We cry while they in there. We cry a lot.

They made a hole and climbed out. Then they got in Baby Em’s puffs. (Her container of baby “puff” cereal.)

We cry a lot.

I don’t know how they got out. When they did, we gave they hug.

That the end of my story.

And so it begins….

March 19, 2010

My two and a half year old pretty deceptive already.

Case in point….yesterday, when I was preparing food for his sister, he dropped is bowl of yogurt on the kitchen floor. I didn’t see it, so I asked him what happened. Keep in mind, I wasn’t mad – – just curious.

“It fell all by itself,” he said.

“Really?” I asked. “All by itself?”

“Yeah,” he said. “No. Wait. Orange juice knock it down.”

“Wow,” I said. “The orange juice did it? Really?”

Then he must’ve felt guilty, so he admitted the truth.

Lately, everything from his stuffed animals to his baby sister have been creating all sorts of mayhem. So far, he’s a pretty bad liar. If he’s anything like his mother, he won’t improve.

She walks!

March 19, 2010

Four steps yesterday! And the poor thing is sick too.

I think it will be awhile before she really gets moving as a biped — but she’s right there.

She loves to push around her walk-behind toy. Pretty soon she’ll be chasing after Jonah. (Goodness, he’s going to hate that!)

Jonah Roller Skating

March 13, 2010

A local roller rink has a weekly toddler skate. At first, I thought this was crazy. I mean, kids under three can barely run across a playground without tumbling — and you want us to put WHEELS on their feet?

We went last month, partially because we thought it would be entertaining at the least. Turns out it was blast. Jonah loved it. Couldn’t wait to go back. He didn’t even fall that much.

You’ll notice in the first one that Jonah calls himself Anne. She’s sort of an imaginary friend… occasionally he’ll pretend to be Anne. It allows him to be someone else for awhile. I think it’s fantastic.

J’s sweetness

March 13, 2010

We are tremendously lucky. Our two-year-old is so, so sweet. He is amazing in his ability to think about others. And his innate understanding that the best things in life are always better if shared — even if you only have one chocolate chip cookie.

Here’s a recent little story that illustrates his kindness.

His little sister was taking her morning nap when we decided to make some lunch. Matt asked him to bring a chair over so he could help make his sandwich.

“I can’t,” he replied.

“Why not?” Matt asked.

“I can’t move the chair, it’s too loud!” Jonah exclaimed. “Baby Em sleeping.”

Of course, we both told him how amazing it was that he was thinking about his little sister.

He responded with a shrug, “Well, I think with my ears.”

J, you’re wonderful. 🙂

Cute Emery

March 5, 2010

She’s getting so big. My little girl now stands up on her own for minutes at a time, takes a step here or there, says “Mama,” “Dada,” “Ball” and yesterday we finally made out that she’s been saying “Broa” (for brother). It all happens so fast! She’s nine months tomorrow!

Dr. Jonah

March 5, 2010