I haven't spent much time lately describing what Delaney's been up to so before she's forced to share the limelight (the bloglight?) with her soon-to-arrive baby brother, here are a few things I want to jot down to remember:
If I'm disciplining her or correcting her in any way, she'll scrunch up her face and say, "Mommy, your talk is funny!" Then she'll put her fingers in her mouth and make a funny face to try to break the tension. Um, it doesn't work. All it does is make me more frustrated with her (although I admit to laughing...on the inside) and I find myself explaining to her why that behavior is not appropriate when I'm trying to talk seriously to her. Strangely, two-year-olds haven't mastered the comic art of timing so we're not getting very far. As you can imagine, trying to explain that to her that only illicits the same response from ("Mommy your talk is funny!"). So, we're going in circles a bit right now.
She's mostly excited about her brother's birth but she's more excited about what her daddy has promised her they'll do while I'm away--eat pizza on the couch and watch movies.
She's given herself an alter ego that she calls, "Delaney Bad Monster." Her favorite saying is, "I'm Delaney Bad Monster and I'm sending all the toys away! And you too, Mommy!" It's not nearly as bratty as it might sound because she always says this in a good humor and with a smile on her face when she wants to be silly.
She saw The Wizard of Oz last night for the first time (although she calls it, The Desert of Oz). I was hesitant to let her watch it because I thought the witch or the flying monkeys might scare her. Not our little girl! Bad guys are her very favorite guys to watch (she adores the Grinch, Huxley in Elmo in Grouchland, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Sid in Toy Story and Zurg in Toy Story 2. Now her favorite nemesis is the Wicked Witch of the West. All she said about the flying monkeys was, "What are those guys with the blue faces?"
If you ask her what she wants Santa to bring her she'll tell you, "A Zoe doll! And a thing with money in it." Heck, who doesn't want that??? But what she's referring to is a play cash register. Ah, our budding little entrepreneur/capitalist!
She's very curious about the crib in her room that used to be hers and is now all set up for her brother as well as the travel bassinet we've put in our bedroom. She loves putting her doll, Veronica, or her Cookie Monster in the bassinet to nap. The crib is reserved for her Ugly Doll. She seems excited about her brother's arrival but I'm pretty sure she doesn't really know what's headed her way. How could she? All I can hope is that she adjusts well, or as well as can be expected. I'm sure we'll have some rough patches but she's always been one to roll with the punches so, overall, I think being a big sister will be fun for her. I can't wait to see her with her brother later this week!