There is not much going on in this house of Payne. Charli is growing up very, very fast. She is doing a lot of smiling now and a little bit (from what I know) of coo-ing. It’s really cute, but really sad. She and I get to a lot of cuddling in the middle of the night. I think she may drive me out of my mind very, very soon. We have been up until 2am on many different occasions, sometimes until 3am or 4am. The whole time I’m thinking, I have to be up no later than 8am to get to work on time. But Sarah has the girls (I never thought I’d say “the girls,” both my siblings with kids can say “the boys” but I finally get to say “the girls”…very exciting). She seems to be very, very alert and observant. Sarah can make her smile about any time she wants. It’s really, really cute to watch the 2 of them together. Tori does really well usually with all the attention given to Charli, but she does get jealous. Sarah and I try our best to “divide and conquer” with the two of them, but we love having time spent together and as a family.
A few funny things Tori has done lately:
She went to nursery for the first time last Sunday. We don’t like/trust the lone guy who is the nursery leader so I went with her and Sarah took Charli to Relief Society and Sunday School. I could tell that Tori wasn’t quite sure what to think, it was a whole new environment. There were only 3 kids in nursery: Tori, Kambrie, and Joshua (who is too old for nursery). She had fun, but spent most of her time feeling things out. We all went to singing time and sang a few songs. When we sang “Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam,” they handed out little suns with the middle cut out so you can stick your face inside. I think she was a little petrified and, not knowing what to do, she held that thing up to her face and did not let it move. She did really well, but doesn’t know any of the songs so she just sat there. We have the Children’s Songbook on CD, so we’ll have to play them for her. She loved snack time (Goldfish, water and fruit snacks). She’s funny, I asked “Tori, did you like it?” and she said “I liked it!” with a big smile on her face so it’s definitely something we’ll have her do again (and I’ll still probably go with her).
A little background, after my brother Geoff played basketball at Utah he gave me one of his practice jerseys for Tori which I gave to her about a year ago. She calls that her “Uncle Geoff Jersey” and she used to sleep with it before it fell under her bed and I have been too lazy to go get it. Before Tori takes her naps, we read her a book or two of her choosing. Saturday she chose her USA lift-the-flap book. It has a picture of all 50 states and when you lift the flap you find information on that particular state (i.e. state birds, flowers, capitals). This particular time we just read through the names of the states and their respective capitals. I was going through and said “New Jersey…Trenton” and she points at the picture of New Jersey and goes “Daddy, take away my Uncle Geoff jersey, member dat? Member dat Daddy? Member dat?” It was a very good observation to correlate the two words, but I couldn’t help but laugh because it was so funny and so cute.
One of Tori’s favorite books is “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. A few weeks ago, she and I were upstairs cleaning up and I heard her start singing the song “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be” so we just talked a little about the book and quoted other lines that we both remembered until she suddenly said “This kid is driving me crazy! I called Robbie.” Stunned I asked “Who did you call?” When she answered “Robbie” I was taken aback. I played along and asked “what did you tell him?” “This kid is driving me crazy.” “Oh really? And who is Robbie?” And this shocked me, “My brother.” Obviously I was confused. I don’t think she knows anyone named Robbie nor does she have a brother and there is certainly not one on the way. When Sarah came up, we went through the same conversation with the exact same results so we called my parents…same results. It’s pretty funny. She still talks about Robbie and how she talks to him. Maybe she knows something we don’t. But just for the record, we are not pregnant again and we are not planning another child for a long time. Plus, if we do have a boy in the future, his name will not be Robbie.