Dulcie's language skillz continue to come on apace. One of the interesting things about her developing speech is that once she learns to say a word, she becomes much more interested in the thing the word represents. For example, when she learned to say "apple", she suddenly wanted to eat apples all the time. She's still busting out a fair few new words every day (so much fun!) but one of her more oft repeated words of late is "manky" and, since she learned to say it, all she wants to do is get, well, manky.
She's got to know all the best places with manky-making potential. When we get near a place with mud or sand or soil or small stones, she will grab your hand and drag you towards the source, shouting, "Manky! Manky! Manky!" with an excited glint in her eye. This is her in the Botanic Gardens one night last week. I made sure to keep her away from the immaculate flowers, but nonetheless this behaviour attracted a few horrified looks from passers by.
She was having so much fun though and I think it's better for her to be a hands-on explorer of her surroundings than a clean freak. There may be a more appropriate middle ground, however! She was picking up handfuls of soil and literally rubbing them all over her face and clothes. Thank goodness it was close to bath time. She left a great tide line in the bath that night!
Here she is rolling around on the ground in protest once I did finally remove her - not the most flattering of photos!
I'm so glad these cute shorts came clean in the wash.
I'm trying to get some good video footage of Dulcie saying some of her (or some of my) favourite words. I'm working on "manky monkey" as a phrase, but no joy yet. These two words are so cute when she says them, so as a combo should be mind-blowing. I'll keep at it.