If I have something on my face, Tatum will go get her wipes and then point exactly where my face is messy. Even if it is just a little crumb, she will make sure my face is clean!
(The photos are generally unrelated to the stories... fyi)
When Tatum sits in her chair to eat, she insists on being buckled in. If I don't do it for her then she does it herself, which is successful 90% of the time, but that other 10% she clips her finger in causing at least 20 min of screams. So now, I'm always sure to buckle her in myself!
Lately, Tatum will wave incessantly to people opposite us on the train. Once she gets a wave back... she keeps on waving. And waving. And waving. People are generally nice about it, but they don't know what else to give back!
For the first time ever, Tatum decided what she wants to wear. Her pocket dress. (Pictured above) No matter that she's worn it the last 2 weeks in a row, she wants to wear her dress with pockets! On Saturday night I prepped her that in the morning we will wake up to play, read and eat breakfast, and after nap we are going to church. "Pah-ke dre?" And then in the morning, she went to find it and set it out for later. Whatever floats the girl's boat! (I think it helps that Scott hides treats and toys in her pockets for her to "unsuspectingly" find!)
She is learning to make deals. Finally! Just this week (I feel like) we got to a place where I can tell her, If you eat the rest of your sandwich, then you can have more smoothie-- and she understands and actually does it! Another example, "I can't be with you when you treat me this way (yelling "no" and pulling my hair) so you go to your room and knock on the door when you can come out happy." Give it 2-3 minutes and she knocks repeating "happy" over and over. I'm always nervous she'll come out and be in a bad mood again, but no, she really does come out happy!
She found Scott's Swedish Fish and let's just say there were none left when he got home...
Tatum takes care of her friends. Lambie and Dolly that is. She is often eager to share her snacks with Lambie, and even brings Dolly and blanket to tuck her in. It's the sweetest.
My very favorite thing Tatum does is let us know when she tastes a good food. On the first bite she starts with the "mmmMMMMMmmm" And she does vary in emotion based on just how good it is! She especially loves chocolate, smoothies, PB sandwiches (she asks for one at least 3x each day), and there are a few other foods she will do this for. She eats a variety of things happily, so we are glad we have a system down so we know when we've found something she really LOVES!
The girl has a real personality now! Our days together are a lot of fun!