Danae & Noelle are different in many ways, but they do have some similarities. For instance, when Danae was 3, she would say JOPHES instead of Joseph and HOSTIPAL instead of hospital (click here for an old blog). Noelle says the exact same thing today. Noelle says OH MY GOSH while covering her mouth just like Danae did when she was 2 (click here for another old blog).
Like what I said about Danae in the past (click here), Noelle is a 2-year old whom you can have an actual conversation with. She steers the conversation her way, of course, and sometimes it’s hard to decipher her words and her train of thought haha, but she can hold up a conversation IF she feels like it. Yup, Noelle is quite a character. Here are some of what she says lately.
When she makes a mistake or almost falls or something, she says OOTS!
She says COOL! when she sees something that’s actually cool.
She says I THINK… with matching shifting of her eyes, or I MEAN… appropriately.
She asks questions by using DID YOU instead of DO YOU. She asks DID YOU WANT SOME? DID YOU LOVE ME, MOMMY? And it’s grammatically correct, if you think about it, and incredibly sweet.
When she shows me something that she thinks I won’t approve of, but realizes that I’m okay with it, she asks me IT’S FINE, MOM?
When she notices that it’s quiet, she asks WHY WE’RE NOT TALKING?
She’s somewhat of a defender, and there was a time that her dad farted, Danae & I complained of the stink. She immediately said I LIKE YOUR UTUT DADDY. hahaha.
One time, I was talking to her in Visayan, telling her that she’s “langayan” and “sunluganun.” She responded with a WHUT? TAGALOG! and ignored me haha.
Have you heard of the nursery rhyme KWINKLE KWINKLE Little Star? Have you used arts & crafts materials GULUE and GULUGI EYES lately? Do you let your kids watch SPRONGE BOB? We don’t and Noelle knows that she’s NOT ALLOWED, ONLY MY COUSINS WATCH.
When her sister gets the rod, she always says MOMMY I’M OBEYING or MOMMY, THE ROD IS TEACHING ME. It’s another story when she’s the one getting the rod haha.
She’s a bit of a tattletale, saying things like MOMMY, SI ATE OH or even SI WOWA OH when my mom wouldn’t let her watch TV till she got dressed. hahaha. She tells us when she knows her sister is watching, saying or doing something that’s not allowed.
She’s pretty particular about bathrooms. She won’t go if she thinks it’s dirty or stinky, even comments with PEE-YOO STINKY!
She appropriately uses phrases like LET ME TRY, YOU’RE GONNA BE…., I NEED TO FIX THIS, I’M NOT FREAKING OUT, OKAY FINE, among others.
When she didn’t get her way, she used to slump her shoulders and say AW PITOLS (aw pickles). Now she sadly says FINE when she finally agrees to something. This is not to say she doesn’t have melt-downs, which she does, believe me. She can yell FINE to her sister when she’s upset too.
She has a pretty good grasp of WE, YOU, I, THEY, THESE, THOSE, without being formally taught.
She adds a syllable to certain words like PE-LAY, PE-LATE, BA-LOCKS, CA-LOCK, FA-LOOD, BA-LOOD, PI-LEASE, FA-LY.
She calls the dirt in her armpits LADYBUG hahaha.
She likes to cup her hand on the side of her mouth as if to whisper. She likes to call us and just wave hi. She runs to us to just give us a kiss and go back to whatever she’s doing. She likes to play mommy and calls me SWEETHEART. I love how she puts her face close to mine, looks into my eyes, and talks sweetly to me. I love it too when she sees something she likes and tells me I WISH I COULD DO THAT WITH YOU MOMMY.
When she’s having fun, she’s having fun. She doesn’t care about winning or losing yet. In fact, when Danae says she wins, Noelle even says YAY I LOSE! hahaha.
Noelle is Noelle! She cracks us up all the time, not just with what she says, but with how she says them. She definitely makes us laugh and warms our hearts. 🙂