- Wed, Nov 19, 2008 /
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So Matt and I want to make sure that Lilly learns everyone in the family has to take part in caring for and running the house. We have assigned her 2 "chores" which she does very well with.
The first, is that Lilly helps us feed the cats every night. She pulls out the cat food container, opens the cover, waits for us to hand her a scoop full of food, then empties each scoop into the cats bowls. She then takes one of the bowls and walks it over to the cats dining area while Matt or I carry the other one. Its fun to watch her concentrate so hard while she walks those 7 feet with the cats herding her towards their area.
Her 2nd chore is to put her highchair back in the diningroom after we eat breakfast in the morning. Lilly and I eat in the kitchen because usually I can''t cook the food fast enough for her, so sitting her in her booster seat alone in the diningroom while I prepare breakfast is out of the question. She usually inhales some fruit or toast while her eggs are cooking, and keeps me company. After we clean up, I ask her to put her chair away and 9 times out of 10 it gets there. Sometimes she needs help if it gets stuck in the doorway. She knows right where to put it and does a bettre job at parking it than I do the car sometimes.
I don''t know why it amazes me that she can do these things so well already. I guess its because she is my first exposure to a baby growing up. I had no idea they caught on to things so fast.
Sometimes I don''t give her enough credit. The other day I watched her walk from the livingroom (where all her toys are) into the kitchen and over to the pantry door. She opened up the door and I was about to scold her for "hiding" where she didn''t belong, but then she blew my mind by lifting up the top of the garbage can and placing into it a peice of fuzz that had apparently been sticking to one of her toys. She then closed the door and went back to playing by herself in the livingroom. I just stood there with my mouth open in awe.
In other awe inspiring moments, check out her Counting video where she displays her talent of counting up to 6 already!
So if a 17 month old (as of today) is supposed to know how to do all this stuff (and more), please don''t tell me. Let me continue to believe that my pre-natal routine of ice-cream everyday and her daily dose of "Lilly Sanwhiches" is the key to raising a genius baby. Its more fun that way.
***For those of you who have never experienced a "Lilly Sandwhich" this is where Matt and I put her between us and smother her with kisses while she giggles away. Yup, we are dorks... but luckily she doesn''t know any different***