Monday, August 17, 2009

Age Quandary and Cuteness

For 24 months I tracked Natalie's age in months - well, first in weeks but mostly months.
Now that she's past that all-important two year milestone, I don't think I can continue to do that ... for several reasons ...
  1. Tracking the months past 24 will require too much brain power.
  2. I am also currently tracking my weeks pregnant, and that number is in the twenties, too; confusion is sure to abound!
  3. Soon I will be tracking the weeks and then months of my second child. (Oh, that's exciting!)
  4. Those not faced with this same quandary - like strangers at the market who ask NHV's age - give me a really odd look when I say, "Oh, she's 25 months old."

Currently, I been quite happy announcing Natalie's age as, "She just turned two!" with a definite tone of excitement in my voice. But now we are a full month past her birthday, which leaves me in an age-old quandary. Do I just say, "Two?" It sounds so ordinary. So blah. So one-syllable. Saying, "she's one month past her second birthday," has a nice ring to it, but this returns me to my original quandary ... too much thought required.

Now that my brain hurts, I'll leave you with something that cannot be denied or quandered ...

This is one very cute little girl with a vocabulary and a memory that astounds ... and worries me all at the same time!

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  1. My local moms group hosted a huge carnival-themed family BBQ this weekend. Natalie loved and adored the clown wig ... until I grabbed my camera ... at which time she refused to look at me and threw the wig on the ground just after I managed to snap this one photo. But trust me, her sweet little face looking out through all those colorful curls was priceless! Perhaps this is the Halloween costume idea I've already been brainstorming?
  2. During lunch today, Natalie was looking so grown up to me - I just had to grab the camera. While I was snapping away, she leaned way back and said, "Peeky-Boo, Mommy!"
  3. This morning I told Natalie to, "smile and look pretty for the camera," and this is the pose I got in return ... not sure that's exactly pretty, but it is so very much her personality! I also love her little toes - I am told they are from my side of the family.

12 comments:

Chi-town momma said...

I think 2 is the turning point - I just say 2 now for B. And same holds true for T - I did weeks up until 2 months, now I just refer to her by the number of months old. I think throwing a half in there to clarify is totally acceptable, but otherwise, you throw way too many people off and/or sound way too "wacked out momma" (42 weeks or 29 months???) Does the stranger who is asking really care? Just my opinion, though all you "58 weeks" mommas out there!!! ;)

BJ_Mama said...

That's so funny, I was just contemplating the same thing. I am so excited that I can now say "She's 2." Because everyone without children would look at my kind of funny while they trying to figure out the months in their head.

Janelle said...

I totally understand the months vs. years thing and when you are talking to someone that doesn't have kids they just want to know the years (roughly). After age 2 I usually just say "he turned 2 in March"....or now "he is almost 2 1/2."

natalee said...

natalie is soooo..beautiful...I love the photos....

mammydiaries said...

Ooooh! She's gorgeous (like my little girl 19mos.) I remember when we stopped counting the snot queen's birthday in weeks and switched to months, it was around the 19 week point. Our small one is 10 weeks now and the weeks are flying by! Sometimes, an abacus would really come in handy... hope your day is going well:)

Jessica said...

I think there is something about the milestone of 2. After that, you stop counting in months and move to years. My DH has always wondered why we still count in months past 1, but he's what does he know? :)

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

great blog! you joined me yesterday SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB and i wanted to send you a quick thank you and return the favor! thanks again!

Jessica said...

Someone actually looked at me strangely when I said Sebastian was 13 months old the other day. Clearly this person doesn't have kids. I will continue to count in months until next summer!

Natalie is indeed very cute in those pictures.

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

My daughter turned 2 in July too. I'll check out your toddler page.

Equidae said...

:) passed from SITS....everything gets exciting doesn't it? and when you start saying the age in years feels like suddenly they are growing up sooo much...

Deb said...

I was THRILLED to be able to stop counting months when my son turned 2, but I still go back to months occasionally. At 28 months, he's sort of "a little two"--sometimes a big difference between two and a half or almost three...

I didn't realize you were expecting. Congrats on passing the half-way mark!

k a b l o o e y said...

I'm kind of bothered by imprecision in my own speech, so I had a lot of trouble rounding up or down with regard to my tot's age. I remember wondering when to stop counting in weeks (I think I stopped at 12 weeks) and then when she was a few months shy of 2 I switched to "almost 2". Since then I go with the year, "a little over", "...and a half", and then "almost" in succession. The mommy books didn't lay these things out, did they?

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