Making it up

July 30, 2013

We’re in the bathroom. POD is sitting happily on her potty nest but nothing is happening. In an attempt to change the focus I suggest we sing the Alphabet Song.

“No Mummy No”. Sorry do you want to sing it?

“Mummy not sing” Alright you sing it

“A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. Old Macdonald had a farm. On that farm he had a dog, eee-iii-ooo. The End”

Lots of clapping. No wee. I launch into Wheels on the Bus.

“No Mummy I do it” There then follows an interesting variation. With actions.

“The babies on the bus go Waa Waa Waa [rubs eyes], the Mummies on the bus go Tratter, Tratter, Tratter [uses hands to show chattering], the Daddies on the bus go Stop that noise, Stop that noise” [much pointing and frowning].

Not my version but hilarious to watch. This does mean it’s not just a case of pink sheep anymore, the lyrics of nursery rhymes are evolving. No wonder POD has a blank expression on her face when I get involved. Unless she’s realised I can’t actually sing!

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  • Reply Notmyyearoff July 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Hehe they become so fiercely independent don’t they? Even with their singing. Z does the same and wants to do it by himself sometimes. Good luck with the potty training. We’ve still not started!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      They are Tas, I love that she has such a strong personality already. Nice to know Z does the same. We’re not fairing too well with the potty training either!!!

  • Reply Sara (@mumturnedmom) July 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Brilliant! I particularly like that she already knows that mummys go ‘tratter, tratter, tratter…’ and daddys go ‘stop that noise…’ 😉 Which of course we do…?!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Sara – it’s hugely entertaining. At least I know why she’s been getting cross with me – I didn’t know the words 🙂

  • Reply Cathie B July 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Could almost imagine her doing the actions – sooo cute. As long as they leave Humpty Dumpty alone, they’re OK!!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      I must get them on my phone Cathie, they’re hilarious! I feel like I need an instruction manual 🙂

  • Reply The Beesley Buzz July 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    gorgeous photo! We used to have a lot of reading books on the potty. He soon cottoned onto the fact he could get lots of special time with mummy by saying he needed the potty just to sit and read for ages! x

    • Reply Charly Dove July 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Aww thank you – she was trying a sneaky tantrum in a public place! Good warning about the potty reading, I can envisage that happening here 🙂

  • Reply Emily July 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Lol love wheels on the bus, trattering Mummy’s being told to ‘stop that noise’ by the Daddy’s probably closer to the truth too! x

    • Reply Charly Dove July 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I love the tratter, tratter, tratter and stop that noise with the finger pointing! She’s probably not far off to be fair 🙂

  • Reply Actually Mummy... July 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Do you think this all happening on the potty is a ruse to get you to hang around singing for longer? If so hats off – you’re teaching her bladder control!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      That’s a very good point – either that or she’s just taking the mickey out of me 🙂

  • Reply sarah July 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    i love the tratter, tratter, tratter….. 🙂

    we are doing potty training at the moment too!!

    • Reply Charly Dove August 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      It was hilarious Sarah – I got her to repeat it! The potty training I’m sure is not going as it should 🙂

  • Reply Coombemill August 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Oh I do miss toddler days when I read a funny post like this! #PcCoLo

    • Reply Charly Dove August 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      It’s such a great age Fiona – she’s growing up too quickly though 🙂

  • Reply rachael jess August 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hehe I’m finding that with Max – well actually I’m finding I didn’t really know the words in the first place and just making them up 🙂 #Pocolo

    • Reply Charly Dove August 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Maybe they all just make it up as they’re going along 🙂

  • Reply Mummy of Two August 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    So cute! I miss that age 🙂

    • Reply Charly Dove August 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      She’s growing up way too quickly!

  • Reply Mummy Wife Woman August 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Awwww great post, I particularly love the the tratter tratter tratter and stop that noise lol. Sounds all too familiar 😉 xx
    linking up with #PoCoLo

    • Reply Charly Dove August 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you – the tratter, tratter, tratter did make me laugh. Hilarious 🙂

  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises August 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I long for Grace to be this age again – mainly so I can share it with Ross. Tratter, tratter, tratter – I can just hear her in my head doing that! Too cute :). Thanks for linking to PoCoLo lovely xx

    • Reply Charly Dove August 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Such a lovely age – I adore her discovering things and chattering away. She’s growing up too quick though Vicky. Part of me wishes I’d started my blog before she was two 🙂

  • Reply lisa August 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Love her wheels on the bus song x

    • Reply Charly Dove August 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you Lisa – it was very funny 🙂

  • Reply Multi Layer Mummy August 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I love this, TC is the same, she came to a point (probably around the same age) when I wasn’t allowed to join in singing & if I did my mummy dancing she would put her hand on my arm and say “no, mummy!” with that stern look of hers, priceless aren’t they xx

    • Reply Charly Dove August 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      How brilliant – I get told no Mummy a lot. I’m sure she’s realised I can’t sing though 🙂

  • Reply JallieDaddy August 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Really funny!

    • Reply Charly Dove August 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you although I blame the toddler 🙂

  • Reply PODcast | Big girl pants October 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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