I joke that Elise has 3 modes of movement: running, galloping, and being carried. She very rarely walks and she's at the age where she has to or we can't stay together. When she wakes up in the morning she runs out of her room, closes the bedroom door, and takes off running down the hall. I just love that she wakes up running! For as much as she likes to be active and run, she also equally loves being carried. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. One day she might walk for the entire 2 mile loop on a hike. Another day she wants to be carried everywhere we go. You just never know. When she was little she always said, "Up pea," for "Up please." She said it for so long that now she says it more as "Uppy," rather than as an attempt to say "Up please."
It's so cute that when Elise talks about Carter and our pets she refers to them as My Carty, My Harper, and my kitty. It's all about the possessives. Something else she says that's cute is Chickaletta. That's the name of a pet chicken in Paw Patrol and she calls all chickens Chickaletta. I crack up every time she says it! Every once in a while she says something and I don't catch what she's trying to say right away. One day I thought she was saying sticker and she was talking about Jake, who she calls Jakers. She says Chick fil A, Chick uh lay which I think is precious.
Elise has been super sassy lately. She is more defiant and less interested in following directions. She's in that phase where she really wants to challenge authority and figure out where the boundaries really are. One day I told her, "I love you so much." She said to me, "I don't love you so much." When I told her, "Elise, that makes me sad!" Her response was, "Carter loves you so much. I don't like you." There was nothing I did to provoke her. She wasn't in trouble and I hadn't done anything that upset her. She just felt like being a stinker. She also likes to tell people, "I'll spank your bare butt." I've caught her saying it to Carter a few times and got onto her about it.
At the last minute I realized the perfect present for Elise for her birthday would be a scooter because we went to an event where there were scooters and she spent most of the time riding one around. I suggested it as a present and Thomas got one for her. She loves it and wants to go to the library just so she can ride her scooter. She also rides it all around the house. The interesting thing is that she switches up which leg she pushes with as she gets tired but is better at pushing with her left leg and tends to spend the most time pushing with her left leg. She is very obviously right handed when she goes to draw or write so it's interesting she is better with her left leg in this aspect. Her drawing has really taken off. She was mostly just drawing circles up until recently. Now she'll draw something and when she tells me what it is, it looks just like what she says it is. Yesterday she drew a really awesome spider with eyes and everything! I got so excited when I saw it.