It’s my niece’s birthday today. Hardly feels like yesterday that I was scooping Charlotte up in my arms and watching as she opened her tiny eyes and looked at me for the first time, and yet there she was today ripping gift wrap off her hundreds of presents and chasing people around with her fairy wand. It’s hard not to burst into fits of laughter when you see her little face and huge toothy grin.
She’s such a smart little girl too. Not one of these dopey kids that lies around in front of the TV all day. Oh no, I had her counting to 5 by the time she was about 18 months old. Sure, it’s wasn’t logical and she was mimicking at the time, but here she is at two years old with the abilty to tell you what comes after number 2, or what comes before number 5. Don’t try and steal her toys — she’ll count them in front of you and know damn well you’ve taken one.
Not only is she smart, but sneaky too. I bought a piece of chocolate cake from the shop earlier, and she spotted it straight away. It’s like kids have a magnet that draws them to junk food or something. It’s her birthday, she’s allowed a bit of cake I thought, so I offer her the corner to take a nibble out of. Nibble? This girl has a big mouth! She didn’t just take a bite out of the corner but tilted the whole cake forwards (this is the sneaky bit) and eats half of the icing on the top! Damnit — that’s the best bit! Of course, Auntie Jem gave her cake, so that earns me the biggest hug you could imagine along with a nice, slobbery, chocolate flavoured kiss. Mmhhm.
Intelligence brings manners, of course. “Please” (or rather “peez” and sometimes “cleez”) was one of the first words I personally taught her after I spent several hours repeating it to her when she was about one. She also says “cheers” or “ta” for thank you, and is more than happy to share her food with you (just not her toys, hehe). She’s also picked up the word “sheet” (shit) from somewhere, but we won’t go in to that.
So yes, my little Charlie princess is two years old today. Excuse me if I indulge in a little Auntie-pride and baby talk..