In a lot of families little sisters seem to copy their big sisters and do everything the older one does. Not so much in our family. Avery likes to do everything Evelyn does. We went outside today and when Evelyn walked around the driveway Avery walked around the driveway. When Evelyn fell on her bottom with a plop, Avery plopped herself down on the ground too. When Evelyn walked as fast as she could toward me while giggling maniacally, Avery started cackling and ran at me too. It was an interesting position for me to be in.
This month a friend of ours introduced Avery to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and let us borrow it for a while. Avery spends a lot of time singing “I’m just a doll on a music box that’s wound by a key” and “Truly scrumptious.” One day Ivan started making up his own words to “Truly Scrumptious” and Avery stopped him quite forcefully and said “Don’t sing it. It goes…” and then sang the right words. She’s pretty hooked and asks to watch the movie at least once a day.
Her favorite phrase lately is “Of course it is!” and it seems to apply to any situation that she wants to be the case. I can’t remember what she asked today but it was something like “Can I go with you?” I said “No, you’re staying here.” “Of course I can!” she said.
Avery is also pretty well potty trained. Sort of. She was doing really well until we went to Bratislava for a day a week ago. Since then she’s had an accident every other day or so. She seems to be nervous of foreign toilets and now she doesn’t want to use ours either, so we’ve spent a couple days trying to get her to pee regularly again. The third day she had an accident I made a rule that she didn’t get to go anywhere until she had gone on the toilet (we always go on the toilet before we leave, she’s just refused to pee on the toilet the last couple days when we go) and we’ve had a couple pretty good fits when I left her home with Daddy while I went shopping, but it seems to be getting through. Hopefully it will stick. I guess I’ll add my name to the forever long list of parents who despise potty training. Nothing’s easy I guess.