May I be Excused?

More Hula Girl cuteness for posterity’s sake:

  • She has learned to ask permission before leaving the table. A couple weeks ago, she learned how to undo the buckle on her booster seat, leaving her free to climb down whenever she felt the urge to leave the table. However, Jonathan and I have been quite strict and have not allowed her to leave the table until a) at dinner, all parties have finished their meal, and b) she has asked permission to leave. We use the phrase, “May I be excused from the table?” So now we hear every night, “May I be dood at ba-boh? Meese?” If it is not time yet, we say, “No, you must wait until everyone is done eating.” The best is when she asks to be excused from the table, receives permission, and then says, “No, deel eating,” and takes a few more bites. What, were you just testing us!? Silly girl. But I am rather pleased that we’ve started getting her in the habit of asking permission and waiting for all to finish. It just seems nicer when families hang around and finish together rather than hogging and dispersing.
  • She understands all prepositions, but generally uses “at” in place of “to,” “from,” and “for.” She also puts everything in present tense. For example, “[Hula Girl] and Mommy diving inee car at playnound?” (“[Hula Girl] and Mommy are driving in the car to the playground?”) Another example, “[Hula Girl] give dees at Yahdee!” (“[Hula Girl] gave a kiss to Riley!”)
  • She is starting to memorize and sing/recite even more songs and poems. She is even able to correct Mommy and Daddy when we make an error. For example, there is a song which goes, “Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him at the noontime…” Jonathan made the grievous mistake of singing, “…praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the evening…” last night. This lack of understanding was greeted with nothing but pure frenetic desire to make sure Daddy knew the correct way to sing it: “No, ‘pase eem inee eveneen,’ Daddy! ‘Pase eem inee noonmime!'” (“No ‘praise Him in the evening,’ Daddy! ‘Praise Him in the noontime!'”)
  • She never stops talking when she is awake. This includes talking all the way to… oh, 8:40 last night (after we put her down at 7:30). Some of her conversations with herself are list-making: “Ama, yeah! Papa, yeah! Nay-nay, yeah!…” “Wum, two, eee, oh-ee, ix, no, wive, yes, ix, weven, eet, nine, tennnnnnnn. Yeaaaaaaaaaaah.” Other conversations review things from her day, “Ed yight, BOP! Yeh-yoh yight, yo nown! Neen yight, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” (“Red light, STOP! Yellow light, slow down! Green light, GOOOOO!”) “Where are you, [Hula Girl]? Inee ma-oom? Yes. Mum out!” (“Where are you, [Hula Girl]? In the bathroom? Yes. Come out!”)
  • She is learning to enunciate /s/ very well. She always responds very clearly, “Yes,” when asked a question whose answer is yes. Just today she was working hard on saying that we were driving by other people’s houses: “Diving by udda pee-pohsssss ousssessss.”



  1. kristypowers said,

    May 18, 2012 at 6:02 am

    AWESOME job with the dinner table permission! We don’t have that at our table and I am really ready to implement it. Our older child is the slowest eater of us all, and our younger child likes to eat for two minutes and be done.

    The chatting she does is so cute and I know that is her processing her learning. Good job, Mama!

    • May 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Haha, thanks. The dinner table permission is to keep her in her seat, as well. She’d much rather just eat a pea and then run around for fifteen minutes, and come back and eat another pea…. But I will NOT allow hummingbird feeding. So there. 🙂

  2. kristypowers said,

    May 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Yes! I will take inspiration and strength from your example. Hummingbird feeding is the worst. I know because it sometimes happens here. 😦

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