Pumpkin seems to be going through some sort of developmental spurt having to do with memory. We have all the usual signs of a spurt: sleep is harder to get, incident reports from day care are up, tantrums are more frequent.... We suspect this one is about memory because she is suddenly talking about things that aren't happening right at the moment. One night this week, she sat up in bed at about 3 a.m. (she had already joined us in our bed by this time) and started talking about what she eats for breakfast ("fruit and oatmeal", with oatmeal pronounced "oatme-al"). That was definitely one of those "cute in retrospect" moments. At the time, we were just incredibly annoyed to be woken up again.
Today, in the car on the way home from day care, we talked about the following things:
1. Motorcycles make noise, but they won't hurt you unless you get in their way. Pumpkin volunteered that if you do get in the way of a motorcycle, you will get a "big owie".
2. Doggies don't come in Pumpkin's yard. They stay in the neighbors' yards.
3. She kissed a baby at day care.
4. She saw a train at Mimi and Boppa's house. It was long, and had black cars.
5. She and Daddy went swimming (also at Mimi and Boppa's house, but this knowledge was assumed). Pumpkin pushed Daddy under water, and people laughed.
6. 1,2,3 penguins at the door.
The last one should really be "1,2,3,4 penguins at the door" and is due to the fact that Hubby has finally found a children's song that he likes, and he has been singing part of it with her. It was from Feist's appearance on Sesame Street. Now Hubby, a man who insisted on rocking Pumpkin to sleep to Suzanne Vega because he didn't like lullabies, sings this song with Pumpkin all the time. Or he sort of sings it. They've made up new words: "1,2,3,4 penguins at the door, 5,6,7,8 monsters at the gate".
This has also pushed Hubby off the fence about Sesame Street. You have to admit, Elmo gets some top notch musical guests! My personal favorite of the ones on YouTube is the one where Andrea Bocelli sings Elmo to sleep.