Wednesday, December 8, 2010

hard at play, hard at work

While I was putting CJV down for her afternoon nap, I encouraged Natalie to find something to play by herself until I was able to read her story and put her down for a nap.  Assuming she would entertain herself for all of about 5 minutes ... 

Boy, was I surprised {and very entertained} when my three year old spent the next 45 minutes ...
  • Loading every piece of play food into her {super cute REI} backpack.
  • Announcing she was hiking into the Highlands.
  • Emptying our "cuddling" bin to find two baby dolls.
  • Introducing me to her new babies - one is a boy and the other is a girl.
  • Telling me the baby's names: Tim & Buddah.
  • Finding another baby doll and naming her Charlotte.
  • Lining up a bunch of small pillows and blankets with great determination and focus - chatting to herself and her babies all the while :)
  • Putting each baby down for a nap - with a story and a song.
  • Finding a fourth and fifth baby doll - named Sign-eey and Part-dee.
  • Solving a pillow shortage dilemma by having the babies share.
  • Scurrying around the downstairs picking up toys (without being asked!)
  • Deciding - in her words, "Being a mommy is really hard work!"

So true, my little love.  But it is also very rewarding!


Oliver'sMom said...

Ok, that is seriously about the cutest thing I have EVER heard of!!! What a sweet pea! Isn't this age fun? I love watching Oliver have his trains talk to each other, and having his matchbox "haa-plains" rescue his stuffed animals from "bad guys". :-)

Terri said...

Love love love this! Natalie is so sweet, and so smart! :)

Raising Z said...

that is so super cute! What a sweetheart and maybe she can now appreciate all of the hard work that you do ;)

Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

Priceless realization. I hope you give her a copy of this blog the day she tells you she's pregnant for the first time!

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