Another thing that I am still trying to figure out is her use of the word 'princess.' With having an older brother, most of the movies/shows/books we are exposed to are not about princesses. Some are, especially now that she is a little older, has had a few birthdays/Christmases, and is not playing exclusively with hand-me-downs from brother. But the majority of our play does not involve princesses. Sure we call her 'princess' now and then. But her use of the word 'princess' lately has been cracking us up since it is seemingly out of the blue... she just gravitates toward it naturally.
Matt suggested that I start keeping a list of the phrases she comes up with since they have brought us so much laughter and fun. In these remarks, she often shows that she is under the impression that when she grows up, she will be just like her brother... a "big boy" if you will. She definitely knows her genders in any other situation except where it refers to the person she looks up to most... her big brother. She so obviously wants to be just like him. I think you'll see what I mean. Here are a few of the favorites:
- "When I'm a big girl, I can wear my princess squeakers." (referring to her "squeaker" shoes that she laments daily that she has outgrown. Apparently, her dream is to acquire some more at some point in her life.)
- "When I be a big boy, I can bring my princess lunchbox." (... to preschool in the Fall)
- "When I be a big boy, I can use a princess razor." (Talking about getting a haircut)
- "When I'm a big girl, I'm going to play my princess Charlie Church Mouse" (talking about Charlie the Church Mouse computer game that Oliver often plays.)
And finally, the one that I think had us laughing the hardest...
- "When I be a Daddy, I can floss my princess teeth"