For as dainty and girly as Gracie is, you would probably be surprised to learn that she is a screamer.
Actually, that may not surprise you at all, in fact. Screaming has come naturally to Gracie all her life. Sometimes, I think she might still have colic.
Let’s not talk about colic. I’ve done my best to drink that stage of my life away…
Lately, though, she has added a little “umph” to her screams. She now screams like she is about to murder someone.
She turns red in the face, throws her head back, and lets the rage flow.
On a positive note, she will never deal with repression issues. I should note that for her future therapist.
Now, she is smart enough to know never to scream at me or Chris. She’s always been a smart child. But she does let it loose with Bean a fair bit. And then she gets in trouble, no matter who or what is truly at fault. If she screams, she gets herself a one-way ticket to time out.
But here’s the thing that I am not supposed to admit as a good parent. The screaming is HIGHLY entertaining to me. I mean, HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. Like, if I am in another room, I burst out laughing every time. Seriously. It’s the funniest scream in the entire world. She sounds like those screaming goats from YouTube.
The best was this past weekend. Chris’s sister, Annie, had given Gracie a gift card to Toys R Us for her birthday, so I took her last week to pick out a toy. She picked out this set of five baby dolls, which was already a steal for $20.00, but it ended up being on sale for only $15.00! She’s a thrifty shopper.
Anyway, we were home later that afternoon and she was playing with her dolls in her room. She had them laying all over the floor, each with a baby blanket covering them and a bottle close by. And she was sitting with one baby in her lap, rocking her, and cooing sweet whispers in the baby’s ear.
“You’re such a pretty baby. Good baby. You’re so sweet. What a good baby,” she says in this high pitched, sweet little voice of hers. Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, she drops her voice to this deep, resounding boom, and screams at her quiet, resting baby doll, “NOW GO BRUSH YOUR TEETH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I mean, it was out of NOWHERE, people. And it was LOUD. And it made me jump. And then laugh so much I almost wet my pants.
Ahhhhh… my Gracie Girl. Such a complicated little flower.