I forget sometimes how much this little person takes in. The answer is EVERYTHING. It's also helped me realize a lot of things about myself, the quirks I have (because I see them coming out in her), my repeat sayings, the faces I make. She copies everything, and holy cow--if anything is an awakening it's that.
She is very compassionate and thinks of others. When my grandmother was by my pop pop's bedside a few weeks ago, crying, Emeline took notice--unprompted she walked to the other side of the room, got a tissue from the box and quietly slipped it into her hand, and then gave her a gentle little hug. Seeing her sincere compassion made me cry.
This morning, even--we were laying in bed just hanging out after she'd woke up. I muttered something like, "ohhh I'm so tired!" (which, let's be honest--at a billion weeks pregnant I kind of feel like I've been hit by a bus every morning), when she leaned over, patted my arm and said sweetly, "Go night-night, Momma."
She knows when she's hurt someone's feelings and she HATES it. I think it eats her up inside. Because if she does something she thinks is silly, but it actually hurts and I (or someone else) says something about that hurting, or making us sad, she instantly says, "I so sowwy, ______, I kiss it", or "I give huggies". Sometimes it doesn't even require you to say anything, she can just see sadness and will respond with an apology and a hug.
On this same note, if we're leaving friends or family and for some reason she's in a mood and doesn't want to give hugs or kisses to say goodbye, she ALWAYS regrets it minutes later. We'll be walking out the door and she'll start crying that she neeeeds to give kisses and hugs to ____, _____, _____ (and she'll name everyone she just denied)--ha. Often times we'll go back and get the goodbyes done properly, but sometimes if we can't, she'll just sit in the car on the drive saying over and over, "bye bye Pop Pop....bye bye aunt susie...."...etc.
She says sorry to everything and everyone and we're trying to get her to understand she does NOT have to be sorry for everything. Example: She drops her milk and she goes, "Aww, I sowwy milk!" Pretty sure the inanimate objects don't need apologies, kid. Also, say--Mac runs by her and knocks her down or something? SHE will be the one saying "Oh, I sowwy, puppy!" So, we're working on that. ;) I also know this is something most kids do.
She's become a better eater lately. And? She even compliments my cooking, which, let's be honest---is not exactly The Best Out There. Out of no where she'll go, "Mmm! It's so yummy, mommy!" which kind of makes my heart all happy.
If something irritates me, I tend to huff and puff a lot and kind of grumble an aggrevated "ughh" sound. It's worse when I'm pregnant. Well, someone has picked up on that and holy cow. It is not cool. It's made me realize how often I do it. The week she picked up on it was the week Mac was sick with chronic, err, bodily fluids (all.over.the.house), so there was a TON OF grumbling from me. And after that, she walked around the house going, "Ughhhh MAC!", or "Ughhh! Yucky!" So yea. I lose parenting points for that one.
If you ask her who her best friend is? She will always* say that it's her baby sister, ___. (*The only time she doesn't say it is when she's being prompted by her Aunt Susie to say HER name instead, ha.) This morning I asked her if I could be her best friend, and she said, "Nahh....Daddy Eme-yine's best friend". Dang. Burned.
Obviously these kinds of things could go on forEVER. Toddlers at this age are non-stop with the sillies. The silly phrases, sayings, cuteness. It's all day, every day. I have a new goal to try and make a video of all her cute stuff and montage it all together. So I don't forget it when she says everything perfectly, and stops talking in 3rd person (which is already starting to fade). So let's hope I can make that happen because it would be epic. In my world, anyway.