What I Should Have Written in My Baby Book…

What I Should Have written in my Baby Book

I have been posting the funny, crazy, heartwarming, and witty things my kids say and do on my In Lieu of Preschool Facebook page for a long time as a way for me not to forget them, since I never really got into making them baby books and I don’t scrapbook.  The problem is they get buried along the way with no good way of going back through them, so I thought I’d capture some of the best ones here to better preserve them for myself as well as hopefully share a laugh or a heartwarming moment with you.

Here is what I should have written in my baby book…

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Our 4 year old came into the room we were in to tell us he’d be changing clothes in his room and to please not come in.  The kicker?  He was already naked!  –July 11, 2012

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Luke, 4: When I grow up, I’m going to be a fireman.
Lilah, 2: When I grow up, I’m going to be a woman.  –June 30, 2012

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We ate out for dinner at an Asian restaurant, and then decided to go to Goodberry’s afterwards for some frozen custard.  We finished dinner and Luke said, “My hands are sticky.”  DH asked him if he wanted to go to the bathroom to wash them.  Luke replied, “Nah, ice cream is sticky, too.  I’ll just wait.”  –June 21, 2012

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Luke: Can “c” sometimes say /ch/?
Me: Like in what word?
Luke: Like in chick.
Me: Yes, when c is together with h, it can say /ch/.
We also had to stop for a construction crew working on the road yesterday, and when it was our turn to go and the worker turned the stop sign around, Luke shouted, “SLOW!!  That sign says slow!”  I’m not sure I’m ready for this.  He will definitely not be a baby anymore once he learns to read.  *sigh*  It all goes by so fast….  –June 15, 2012

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Luke just picked up his latest BOB book (a phonics reader) that he’s only read twice — and he never reads these voluntarily!! — and read it as well as I could have read it!  I was floored.  I IM’d his dad to tell him and he said to tell Luke he was very proud.  Luke replied to me with a big smile, “I could read it because you teached me!”

Ok, obviously I still have some work to do, but oh that melted me!!  –June 13, 2012

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Maybe Luke will be a meteorologist when he grows up.  He has taken to predicting the weather every morning.  Today it’s pretty overcast and so he said, “I think we’re going to have a big, big, bad super storm later today with lots of hail.”  Thank goodness weather men are usually wrong!!

Later that day we did have a bad storm with heavy rain.  Luke woke up from his nap, looked outside, and said, “It is raining hard.  I was right!  But there’s no thunder or lightning, so it’s not dangerous.”  –June 11, 2012

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Witnessed at the playground: Luke, who we used to have to BEG to go down slides, heard some girls giggling at the bottom of the slide.  The boy literally ran to the slide, grabbed on in stride, and slung himself down so that he crashed into the giggling girls and then proceeded to initiate a game of chasing them.
Man, they grow up fast!  –June 5, 2012
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Luke: You know why I colored the tires black?
Me: Why?
Luke: Because they’re usually black.
Well, there you have it.  –June 5, 2012

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Luke is very into monster trucks and has a bunch of them.  Tonight he asked his dad the name of one.  DH replied, “Um, that one is Big Dude.”  Luke looked at the truck for awhile, and said, “No, that can’t be it.  It has an ‘M’ at the end of it.”  DH had to tell him the *real* name of the truck — Big Dummy.  So much for getting away with censoring monster truck names from now on!  –June 3, 2012
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Just read a book to Luke and said, “God loves them all.”  Luke says, “God loves them all?”  I said yes, and repeated it again.  He said, “Oooohhhh!  I thought you said, ‘God loves the MALL!'”  –May 30, 2012

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It’s always a plus when you’re trying out a new recipe and your 4 year old yells down the stairs, “Mom, whatever you’re cooking down there smells good!  What are you making?”  –April 23, 2012

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The look on Luke’s face last night was absolutely priceless as he guzzled down his customary pre-going-to-sleep glass of water and DH said something to the effect of, “You’re going to wet your bed if you drink all that!”  Luke responded in a shocked tone and with wide-opened eyes, “Water makes you pee?!?!  Oh no!!”  He was genuinely worried and even took an extra trip to the bathroom to ensure he would not wet his bed.  DH and I nearly died laughing.
Tonight he took the smallest sip imaginable from his nightly water glass.  –April 13, 2012
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Luke (4yo) was just fussing at Lilah about her poor table manners at breakfast.  Lilah (2.5yo) responded, “I’m not your problem.  I’m not your kid!” –April 1, 2012

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Lilah is always cracking me up.  One day this week, I was telling L&L about something we were going to do later that evening.  When I finished, Lilah said, very excitedly, “I like that a lot, Mom!  That’s a REALLY good plan!”  –March 30, 2012

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“Luke, who’s your best friend?”
“Lilah.”
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Last night we dumped our huge basket of Lego Duplo blocks on the train table and proceeded to build a city.  We used every block we own to create sky scrapers and cars for our city.  The best part?  About halfway through Luke said, “Mom, I *love* building with you!”  –February 25, 2012

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Luke: “Mom, come look!  I made a good decision!”  –February 17, 2012

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DH took over reading Stuart Little so I could get supper started.  Luke asked a question and I heard DH reply, “Snowflake,” thinking he had said the name of the cat in the book.  Luke rapidly replied, “Dad, it’s SnowBELL.”  Right now this amuses me so much, but I have a feeling in a few more years I’ll be plenty tired of us parents getting one upped by the kiddos. –January 25, 2012

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Anybody need any tips for how to redirect a toddler?  Luke was playing with his cars when Lilah came over and tried to play (aka mess up what he was doing).  He immediately went into the other room, got her doll jeep, loaded it up with 3 of her favorite dolls, and said, “Hey, Lilah, don’t you want to push your jeep around?”  She said, “Thanks, Luke!” and went off to push her babies.  Now Luke is back at his table, happily playing with his cars without anyone bothering him.  –January 22, 2012

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My super sweet 2 and 3 year olds cleaned the bonus room (aka the play room) which was quite littered with toys and books, while I took a shower this morning.  (I really don’t think it was that long of a shower!! lol)  The first thing I heard when I got out was, “Hurry, Mom!  Come look!”

Somebody please tell me these habits will stick with them into the teen years!! 🙂  –January 12, 2012

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I can’t believe my baby girl turns 2 this weekend!  She is such a joy and a blessing.  Li has lots of nicknames: Pistol, Miss Independent, Crazy Girl, and Too because she repeats everything Luke says and adds, “too.”  Her favorite saying right now is, “Look at me!” and good thing, because it often draws attention to some crazy thing she’s about to do!  I love her to pieces and look forward to watching her grow and learn each day.  I love you, Lilah!  Thanks for all the excitement you add to my life!  –August 19, 2011

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We’re on a walk around the neighborhood after dinner and L&L are collecting all kinds of leaves and rocks.  Luke suddenly blurts out, “I have to potty!”  We’re about as far from home as possible.  I say, “Can you hold it until we get home?”  He looks down at the collected treasures in his hands and says, “No, I have to hold two things already!” –July 7, 2011

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Do you have a baby book?  How do you keep track of the memories you don’t want to forget?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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