Two year-olds say the funniest things.
A few of the latest things Ellery has said:
When Abel kept crawling toward her toys that she did not want him to play with, "Abel's a monster!"
Often if we tell Ellery, "You're a munchkin!" or "You're a monkey!" she answers with, "I not a munchkin, I'm Ellery!" But then she started saying, "I not a munchkin, I'm a panda bear!" No idea where this came from, but we're hoping it lasts.
While I was changing my clothes, she said, "Mommy, you're cute!" That did wonders for my self-esteem that day, and went a long way toward my accepting my flabby, stretch-marked, mom tummy. (Pretty sure Sam put her up to this one.)
Right before going down the slide at the park, she said, "Mommy, behave for daddy!" (Pretty sure Sam put her up to this one, too.)
When I asked her if she wanted to go to Target, she said no, which was strange, because she usually loves Target. I asked her where she wanted to go instead and, after thinking for a moment, she said, "Scotland." Hashtag futureworldtraveler.
This one is more sweet than funny. As I was tucking her in one night, she said, "Can you keep me safe? Can you protect me? Can you snuggle me to keep me safe?" Yes, my heart melted.
Abel has been practicing standing a lot, so I was explaining to Ellery that soon he'd be walking and running and playing with her. She bent down and got close to his face and said, in a very motivational tone, "Oh Abel, you can't give up!"
She's in a toddler bed now, so once when I was tucking her in, I put her comforter over her and said, "You're snug as a bug in a rug." Now she calls her comforter (and all other big blankets) a "snug-in-bug." "Where's my snug-in-bug?" "Put my snug-in-bug on."
Once when she was misbehaving, I scolded her and she started laughing. Frustrated, I told her, "Ellery, I'm serious, knock it off! I'm not playing!" She grinned mischievously and said, "I'm playing!" And she kept laughing and misbehaving. (I am totally in control as a mom. Also, that sound you hear is my own mother laughing. It seems I have a daughter who is as sassy as I was. Mom, if I haven't said it already, I'm sorry for my sassy mouth.)
Here's hoping she also gets my delightful sense of humor, that makes up for the sassiness, (Now that's Sam laughing.)