Sunday, May 18, 2008

Look At Me!

Everyone who knows Olivia has seen her flair for drama and that she loves to be the center of attention. Even her Kindermusik teacher remarked last week that she is destined for either the stage or the big screen. Olivia is very animated in class, singing as loud as she can, displaying very interesting facial expressions and somehow always finding her way into the center of the circle. Teacher Beth said, "I have never seen anything like it!"

Her new favorite thing is, "look at me..." and following it with something she thinks is really nifty. Yesterday, she put an empty cereal bowl on her head and said, "Look at me! I'm a movie star!" Today she was transferring water from one bowl to another using a medicine dropper. "Look at me, mama! I'm making medicine." Ever since she was on antibiotics for her ear infection, she thinks she needs medicine every day. I got a little inventive and colored some water red to look like her cherry medicine. She sat at the table for almost an hour transferring it from one bowl to the other, dispensing it in her mouth, and finally even using her mouth to squeeze and release the dropper. A whole houseful of toys and this is what keeps her occupied?

The other interesting way she is using the phrase, "look at me" is when she really wants to get my attention. Apparently, sometimes I don't listen to her. She'll put my face between her hands and turn my head saying, "Mom, look at me!" And then follow that with whatever she is trying to convey to me. I think this comes from when I am trying to discipline her. Often I'll say, "Look at me. I need your eyes" to make sure she is paying attention. Obviously this has made an impression on her and she figures what's good for the goose is good for the gosling.

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