Many of Ella's cute sayings from July and August:
"Mommy, I love you so much. You always take care of me. If I get sick and throw up, I want you to come in the bathroom and watch me throw up." (This was sort of an odd foreshadowing because although she had not thrown up in about 7 months, she did a few weeks later!)
"I am growing and growing. Soon I'm going to be a big mommy!"
Said very seriously to me - "Mommy, when I turn 30, I'm going to move out to Charlotte to live with Aunt Erin."
"Mommy - I had to put Nomar in time-out because he took a cup of coffee and poured it on me. And wouldn't say he's sorry."
Ella was giving Nomar a drink out of the sink and she swatted Nomar's tail. I said "Ella, don't hit his tail." She said to me "I was just putting it down so he won't choke on it" - seriously, where does she come up with this stuff??
Many, many, many statements start with "well Mom" or "but Mom"
She has started to use a lot more of my conversational mannerisms - she'll say "nice to meet you", "how did you sleep?", "how was your day", "how is Erin doing with baby Cameron", "Mommy, what do you think about..."
In the middle of her dance class, the girls come out of the classroom and we help them get changed from ballet shoes to tap shoes. During this time I always tell Ella what a great job she's doing, how proud I am of her, etc. One week I was telling her that and she said to me, pretty exasperated, "Mommy, I already know you love it!"
We were leaving gymnastics class and one of the moms had her 9-day old baby there. Ella said "ohhh that baby is so tiny. Mommy. I want to buy a baby. I need to have one at home that is MY OWN."
We were heading upstairs and I had my hands full with several things already, so I asked Ella if she could bring up her snoopy pillow and blankie, which also needed to come upstairs with us. She said "oh, sure!" (which doesn't seem that cute when written but the way she says it is just the sweetest!) and started to head up the stairs with both of them. Then she said to me "oh wait, I forgot my purse." She goes back down the first few stairs to get her purse. Then she says "I need you to carry Snoopy", and hands him to me. We head back up the stairs: "oh wait, first I need to get my sword"...she heads back down to get her sword. Then: "My hands are full, I need you to carry blankie." Ahhh, of course!!
We were standing waiting for the elevator at our hotel at the beach, and a very tall teenage boy came and stood next to us waiting as well. Ella said (not at all quietly) "woah, he's really big and tall. He must drink a LOT of milk and water!"
Some of her most common phrases:
- I have a great idea!
- Don't worry about it
- I will do it all by mySELF
- Can you do me a favor?
She wasn't listening to what I was asking her to do and I told her she needed to listen. She said "I will listen when I'm bigger. I just need a few more inches and I'll be big enough!"
I was giving her a hug before bed and she patted my back and said "This is my favorite hug." little sweetness!!
We were eating dinner and I guess I was being too quiet for Ella. She said to me "let's have a chat. Let's talk about Halloween and Christmas. Halloween first, then Christmas. Start chattin'."
She has a way of strangely hoarding things in her bed - for example, one time a lawn mowing service left a business card in our front door and she slept with it for about a week. Well, she is currently sleeping with (among many other things), a scholastic book order flyer from her school. After she'd been in bed for about 30 mins, she called downstairs, 'Mommy, I need you, it's important.' I went to see what the issue was - she was holding a ripped piece out of the flyer and said so seriously "Mommy this is ripped. I need you to hold this piece until the morning and then tomorrow you need to fix this - you need to crazy glue it back together."
I was holding Ella on my lap in bed after we read books and she started stretching, or "stratching" as she calls it. She was really stretching a lot - her arms, legs, even her neck. I asked her what she was doing and she said "I'm stratching so I can get bigger. Now I'm big enough to go downstairs with you." (instead of having to stay in her bed!)
We were talking about birthdays and Ella was complaining that it wasn't her birthday yet. She said "well, will it be soon?" I said, not really, about 4 more months, it'll be your birthday after Christmas." she said "0K, in 1 week!!" I said, "no, not in one week." she said "don't say no! You'll go right in time-out!" hmm, she told me!
We were playing kitchen and I asked Ella what she was cooking. Her reply: "I'm making soup for all the kids in the country!"
We were talking about having a good drop-off at school in the morning and Ella loves school so much and looks forward to seeing her friends. She said "I DO love school and seeing all my friends - I just want you to stay there all day too!"
"Don't I look like a masterpiece?"
"When I grow up I'm going to be a mommy. I'm going to wear high heels and eat a LOT of food. And I'm going to chew gum at work."