8 Jun

Have you ever read the children’s book Olivia?  I hadn’t until today. I’m pretty convinced that Ian Falconer wrote it about my child and mis-titled the book.

“Olivia is good at lots of things.  She is very good at wearing people out.”

Adeline is good at mess-making.  Today she “circuit played,” as Matthew described it.  She set-up stations in the living room, dining room, and kitchen and circulated between them.  She also tossed all of her toys out of her ginormous  toy basket.

Adeline is good at singing.  She does it best when she’s supposed to be sleeping.  Songs like “Mama! Dada! Damaw!” and “Nooo! Noooo, ooooh!”  “Otay! Otay! Night!”  drift sweetly through the monitor and to the ears of her adoring parents.

Adeline is good at wearing Mama and Papa out.  It is a rarity for us to be with friends, family, or even strangers and not hear, “She’s a busy girl!”  or “She doesn’t stop for a moment, does she?!”  She’s not a bad girl by any means, but she certainly goes, goes, goes!

“Every day Olivia is supposed to take a nap…Of course Olivia’s not at all sleepy.”

It takes Adeline about, oh…thirty minutes to give up on playing and finally fall asleep.  She spends that thirty minutes trying to (and often succeeding in) breaking into her closets where her toys and books are stashed.  She stows books at small toys underneath her bed for those occasions when she cannot break in, and we often find her cuddling a random toy.  Other times she sneaks whatever is on top of her dresser, and it becomes her sleeping partner.

“…it’s time for bed…’Only five books tonight, Mommy,’ she says.”

Adeline’s a bargainer, especially at bedtime.

On the bedtime story: “More book, Mama? Pease, pease, Mama, pease?”

On brushing her teeth: “Mama turn? Nine’s turn? More!”

On going into her bedroom for the night: “Dowstairs?  Otay!” or “More baff?  Baff! Baff!”

“When they’ve finished reading, Olivia’s mother gives her a kiss and says, ‘You know, you really wear me out.  But I love you anyway.’ “

After prayers and while tucking Adeline in, I’m often thinking about all of the things I have left to do for the day.  I then promptly go downstairs, realize that I’m thoroughly exhausted, and plop down on the couch, where I then proceed to think about how much I adore that little girl.  My life is exhausting and absolutely joyful because of that twenty-five pound mass of perpetual energy.  I cannot imagine her being any different…but I am a little afraid to read any more of the Olivia books.


One Response to “Olivia/Adeline”

  1. Emily Lorelli June 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    I giggled and gafawed my way through this post. My youngest, Abigail 17 months, is the same way. When she is out of our sight, it’s a scary thing — what in the world could she be doing? But when we catch them at it, don’t you just want to hug them and marvel at their tenactiy. That is, right before you colapse on the couch in exhaustion. 🙂

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