My baby turned 19 months old yesterday. Amelia is typically an even keeled child but today I witnessed her first three-word sentence and an episode where she showed her feisty side. The girls’ daycare had their annual fall festival this morning. I was helping out with Amelia’s class. She was playing with a small plastic kitchen toy when another little girl snatched it out of her hands.
“GIVE IT BACK!” Amelia proclaimed clear as a bell.
My baby, who rarely says anything beyond a one syllable word and whose full vocabulary sounds like either a variation of “ba” or “ma” or “da,” uttered a complete sentence AND defended herself. The other child’s mom was also present and it was all I could do to not start chanting “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry,” clear the floor and let the girls wrestle until someone cried “mama” or lost their shirt (you know, because accidental disrobing always happens on Jerry Springer).
These are the moments you can’t record in a baby book–Baby’s First Smackdown.