Berkley Says…

On my way home after picking up Berkley from daycare:
B: Milk mamma?
M: yes, we will have milk when we get home
B: Mamma’s milk, on the couch?
M: Yes, we can sit on the couch and have mamma’s milk when we get home.
B:  Milk!!  Where are you?!
Lately Berkley has been not only requesting milk, but insisting on the location.  “Milk, downstairs momma” or “milk, bed momma.”  

Every time I get into the car to put her in her car seat she says “Look at ALL those Cheerios!”  even if there are none.

She is starting to recognize cars, especially since mine was broke down. She now always says ” ride in daddy’s Jeep?  it’s bumpy.”   We were borrowing my mom’s car and she says “ride in grandma’s car.”

One day when I was running errands, she asked for water.  I said “in a little bit.”  She responded “In little bit. o-KAY!”  

She constantly holds her babies or her little teddy bear and sings “rock-a-bye baby” or “rock-a-bye bear.”  I love to see how sweet she is with her babies and hope that it is a reflection of our compassion as parents :)

If she can’t find her teddy bear:
B: Where’d teddy bear go?
M: Where DID your teddy bear go?
B: I dun-NOO..

After walking into a room and spotting her teddy bear.
B: Who’s THAT GUY?!
(everyone laughs)
B: Teddy Bear!

If daddy is in another room in the house and she needs him. Or just wants to be funny:
(I always correct her and say “no, that’s DADDY.” but my husband told me he actually thinks it’s really cute)

When she puts hats on she says “so CUTE!”  and when she puts shoes on goes “I like your shoes!”

When I pick her up from daycare lately, all of her toddler classmates swarm me.  They hug on me, sit on my lap and play with my coat.  Yesterday when this happened, Berkley said “NO! MY momma!  Berkley’s momma!”  

When we go places and she sees a stranger she’ll say “who is that momma?” Oftentimes when seeing another woman, she’ll say “nother momma”  and I say “yes, that’s a momma.”  All females are mommas I guess ;) (update: she now does this with elderly women and calls them “nother gramma”)

I’ve been trying to go to a free workout class lately, but she’s not adjusting to the child care there very well and it’s also very hard for me to pick her up, rush home, make a semi-healthy meal, then rush to work out. So last night I popped in my old Pilates video just to see how she’d handle it – and hoping she’d join me a little.  And she did!  She tried to do the poses and it was So Stinkin Cute.  But of course before I could finish, she was climbing on my back saying “Piggy toes?  Yes.”  Because she answers her own questions now. Oh, and piggy toes means piggy back ride in B land. :)

Daycare Update

Berkley started her new daycare (Pre-K center) last week and she just loves it.  I’m going to try to snap a pic of her while she’s there and get it posted sometime.  I couldn’t be happier with the place.  They are so accommodating and understanding. They have no problem giving her breast milk everyday and also use our cloth diapers. Everyday they give us a sheet to tell us what activities she did, how many diaper changes she had, what her mood was like, how long her nap was, etc.  When I would leave her at the home daycare, the lady would grab her from me and go into the kitchen without even letting me say good bye and it would always make her cry.  At her new place, they told me to always take as much time as I need to say goodbye which is so nice because I can make sure she is comfortable and occupied. She usually doesn’t even notice or seem to care when I finally do leave.  She’s currently on her 6th day, and all of the other kids are always so excited when she gets there.  Everyday she says good morning to everyone by giving her cute little trademark wave:)

Work Trip

I’m preparing to leave on a 2 night/3 day work trip.  It’s always tough being away from my hubby, but is now even tougher being away from our baby girl.  She’s going to stay with my parents while I’m gone so it will be hard on both of us to be away from her for a few days.  I’ve been doing my best to prepare for our time apart, like pumping as much as I can to leave for her while I’m gone, packing important “just in case” items for my mom to take with her (acetaminophen, thermometer, etc.), packing favorite toys, clothes, cups, snacks, etc.  I’ve been away from her for work a couple times now and although I never like it at all, it is getting easier #1) because it’s not the first time and #2) because she is a little older.  Luckily since she’ll be at mom and dad’s, I can take my laptop and Skype with them while I’m away. This will be the first time she’s stayed the night away from us.  She absolutely loves my parents house though so I am not worried and I know she will do fine. She will have tons of attention, lots of free outdoor space to explore, and an abundance of cats to squeal at. 


Toddler Vocab

Here is a list of the words and signs that make up our daughter’s ever-expanding vocabulary.





No More (as in “no more monkeys!”)

Bye Bye
















All Done



Thank You

Ow (Ouch)




All Done




Food (Eat)