Motherhood

What’s Your Child Up To These Days?

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My friend (and college roommate) Allison lives in Michigan, and whenever we are catching up over the phone or email, she’ll ask the sweetest question: “So, what cute things are your kids doing these days?” It’s such a great conversation starter and always leads to fun answers.

So, I’m curious and would love to ask you, what are your children doing these days? Learning to walk? Saying funny words? Taking naps with the dog? Climbing up on everything? I’d love to hear… My answer these days? Toby is totally into dressing up for school, and Anton loves this song times a million.

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P.S. Do your eyes light up when you see your child? And why kids cover their eyes when hiding.

(Photos by the incredible Nikaela Marie Peters of Rose & Crown)

  1. Meg says...

    Just read this…so sweet.

    My four year old daughter, Avery, offered me some soup in the bathtub last night. Her favorite bath toys are pots & pans. When I accepted, she lifted the lid on a pot of water with a small baby doll floating in it and said “Baby soup!” I laughed and told her that we shouldn’t eat baby soup, even though she was being silly, and she looked at me very sincerely and said, “but there is spinach in it, too. So it’s good for you.” clever girl.

  2. Annie says...

    My son turned 17 months this week and he gave a kiss on the cheek yesterday. First kiss from my son. *melt*

  3. My four-year-old niece constantly says, “That’s RIDICULOUS!” It’s hilarious – she sounds like a teenager!

  4. Sharon says...

    My almost two-year old son will say “Goodbye sweetie, I love you”, imitating his grandmother, when he goes into his car seat. He also loves his stuffed teddy bear that he has named “boo” (how he pronounced bear at 16 months) and sleeps with him every night, and in the morning he often requests, “Have Boo”. When we give him the bear, he hugs him tenderly and says, “Cute little Boo”. <3

  5. Nuala says...

    After watching Antons adorable video with my 20 month old daughter –
    she now demands to see it (him!) on a daily basis – “boy boy mammy” – she proceeds to chuckle her heart out every time!! He is just gorgeous.

  6. Nicole says...

    My 2 year old is killing me these days! His language is so out of control that he has something awesome to say about everything. He wonders constantly about our neighbors dog , “Maybe Charlie is sleeping or is he eating dinner mama?” and other creatures around him, “What is this little ant doing mama?” He loves to read and remembers most books even if he’s only heard them one time! And the best is when he wants to “do stickers” or “do shells.” He loves sticking stickers everywhere and exploring shells since my MIL taught him all about them (he even knows the names of 10-15 shells – way more than me!) Such a sweet, sensitive boy. Melts my heart. Every single day.

  7. Madie says...

    My 22 month old son loves to “hide” his matchbox cars under a blanket, and then check the other end of the blanket, saying (in this hilarious NY accent) “Izze ovah heah?” Other end of the blanket: “Izze ovah deah?” We live in Oakland, CA and have no relatives w/ NY accents, so I have no idea where he gets this from, or why this particular game warrants a NY accent. But I love it.

  8. Eva says...

    Our 3 month old, Jack, started a new thing — when I’m nursing him, he’ll take a little break, look into my eyes and smiles like “Oh, hello!” And then he goes back to eating. Breaks my heart into a million pieces every time.

  9. Teresa says...

    My 12 year old constantly speaks with a fake but uncanny Indian accent. My 8 year old just created his own art gallery in his room. He made his own business cards and put out a tray of snacks/treats for anticipated guests.

  10. Kelly says...

    My three year old is full of some of my favorite phrases. Lately he has begun telling everyone in our home, “you’re so cute, I so love you.” I believe he has just discovered the word “so”.

    On a side note, he also has grave concern for pugs because he believes they are perpetually sad dogs.

    What a great questions–I always love the comments section of your page!

  11. Julie says...

    As of this week, our 9 month old son spontaneously started making “fish face” and sucking his lips in and out, making the most adorable little kissing noise! It warms my heart.

  12. Estela says...

    My 3 year old is obsessed with her teeth falling out. So she is constantly asking me when hers will fall out or tells me that she thinks a tooth is loose or that she is pretty sure one of her back teeth has already fallen out. I think she thinks of it as something that only happens to “big” boys and girls, hence she can´t wait for it to happen to her. Adorable.

  13. Jess. says...

    That’s it! I’m joining Instagram. You are the sweetest little mother, and I love your singing voice! Lucky Anton and Toby. My kids are older, so they’re doing amazing things like remembering everything I ever said and repeating it back to me and knowing historical dates I can never remember. :)

  14. My 4 year-old got upset last night because he didn’t have a tail, like dinosaurs, or our cat. I explained that humans don’t have tails… still upset. Finally we focused on all the cool things his tail-less, human body COULD do really well, like run, and kick, and make awesome Lego creations. :)

  15. jennifer says...

    My 4 year old son said the cutest thing…

    “I know I am only four but when am I am going to be a fan of Harry Potter” (mind you no one in our home is into harry potter)

  16. My niece, Hazel, absolutely kills me with her antics every time I come home from school for the weekend. She’s always doing something new to make people laugh – intentionally or unintentionally :) This evening my sister, Summer, left Hazel’s dinner in the car, and when Hazel got hungry she started interrogating her mom in the silliest voice: “Where’s my dinner? Tell me! Tell me!” She sounded like a cross between a private investigator and the friendliest little monster. She also pronounces “fabulous” as “fab-ah-lus!”

  17. Cristina says...

    My 2 1/2 year old son is obsessed with his baby brother, who is still inside my tummy and will be born in another seven weeks or so. He always wants to hug and kiss my belly, saying “hi baby brudder! What are you doing in there?!” He will bring toys or books to share with him, too. It makes my heart melt.

  18. Gawd I hope that someone asks me such a sweet question when I have kids. Practically everyone I know acts like having children is contracting a disease and like bringing them up would just be the rudest thing ever. Maybe things will change once my crowd is past 30 lol.

  19. Nicole says...

    our 18 month old, Eva, has recently become obsessed with the song big pimpin, after hearing it on the radio once. So of course I taught her to say big pimpin and it’s the cutest thing ever.

    She also wants to “hold it” for everything, forks, spoons, our phones, toothbrush, etc.

  20. Angela Muller says...

    Well, at present, I have no small children at home….but, I have a wonderful 5 year old nephew who loves expressing himself. Usually he loves to write stories that entertain his teachers and classmates. However, yesterday, his need for self-expression took a different turn. Left in the hands of a napping grandmother for ONE hour, he grabbed a permanent black magic marker and labeled all three bathrooms with the appropriate word, followed by stick drawings of a man and a woman! I laughed when I saw his handiwork…..laughed louder when I drove away, to the sanctuary of my own home!

  21. Ivy says...

    Lovely question! My almost 2 year old (turns 2 in 13 days) has been a sponge for language lately. He’s putting together sentences and remembers little things we say around him– hopefully none bad, ha ha. He likes to “mow it,” (the lawn), “drive it,” and “dump it,” or tell you who will do those things. “Daddy mow it,” etc. He loves sports, but especially basketball, and has a pretty good dribble. He tries to “make a shot” but the ball goes just a smidge past his head. And, he’s working on his jumping. I ask him to practice his jumping for me because it is hilarious to watch him try to get both feet off the ground at one time.

  22. CeeBee says...

    My almost 3yr old boy is such a boy!, and yet he can be so nurturing and concerned about everyone’s happiness. He “reads” to himself and his sister. He’s great at connecting the proverbial dots and filling in details to stories. He gathered up all of this construction material leftovers from our fence and irrigation project and he makes legitimate things out of it. He also calls smiley faces “funnies” and exclaimed “it’s party time!” as he jumped into the tub the other night. He’s also obsessed with the idea of skydiving , climbing a mountain, and filling his pocket with rocks.

    My 20 month old girl is just knocking our socks off. She speaks 6-8 word sentences and we’re always so blown away by her verbal skills. She’s asking what things mean. She loves eating spicy food, she wants to go hanggliding, and two weekends ago she fed a giraffe at the zoo and will tell anyone who listens. She LOVES to sing, and since I’m a classically trained singer I’m totally swooning over this. Her songs are usually mash-ups of the things she knows but she’s starting to make up her own songs. Oh, and when she does something exciting like pee on the potty (a bladder meets potty coincidence), she runs in circles out of excitement.

  23. Maria fra Oslo says...

    I have a 1,5 year old son, Eivind, who mispronounces the norwegian word for “flower” (blomst) in a way that I just adore: Whenever he spots one, he points excited and exclaims “Bliss!”.

  24. Amanda says...

    Our daughter, Lucy, turns two late August. Right now, every thing has to go “night, night.” This includes dolls, our dogs, stuffed animals, her daycare teachers, us. She makes us lay down, “shhhh’s” us, covers us with a blanket and pats our backs. Only one of our dogs is a fan of the attention. She does everything with her babies. Takes them in the bath, down the slides, feeds them and burps them. She’s going to be a great big sister one day!

  25. My two year old son doesn’t like me to wear my hair up anymore. Whenever I have it in a bun or ponytail he says, “no, mommy…hair down” and doesn’t stop until I let it hang loose again.

  26. Kalli says...

    What a sweet post :) My almost two-year-old daughter has recently started to sing along with me while I tuck her into bed and I’m so impressed by how much she remembers of each song. She’s also really big into comforting her stuffed animals. Yesterday, when a plane flew by she grabbed her puppy and said, “Noise plane. Puppy ok.”

  27. That is such a sweet question and allows you to talk about the good stuff instead of diving face first into any crappy venting (no sleep, teething, yada yada).

    Right now Oskar says “Thank you, Baby” when you do something or give him something he really wants. And of course we reply “You’re welcome, Baby.”

  28. Angela says...

    My 16 month old is talking more and more these days, and my favorite thing he says is (to our dog), “Rio! ‘Top it!” He always says it when she wacks him with her tail or when she is laying down and won’t move out of the way.

    I love to just sit back and watch him explore and play. I can just see the wheels turning in his little head as he carries things around, plays with his toys, looks at our garden, etc.

  29. Shannon says...

    My son, Luca will be 23 months tomorrow. I swear the second year has gone by much faster than the first year! Luca sings the sweetest songs. He only says a handful of words but his songs are the sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard. I love turning down the radio when we are driving in my car to hear his latest song. It melts my heart and already makes me nostalgic for this time as he will soon enter another wonderful stage as he turns 2.

  30. Such a sweet and thoughtful question to ask. I have three sons and they are doing wildly different things these days. We are delighting in our 3-month-old’s ability to “talk” constantly and smile at everyone who comes near him. Our 13-year-old is getting ready to perform Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’ at a guitar recital next week (in front of more than 50 people), and our oldest son, the 15-year-old, is buried in books studying for his high school English, French (we’re Canadian!) and Science exams.

  31. Valerie says...

    i showed the video of Anton to the four year old I watch (I’m an au pair in france) and he exclaims, “oh! He’s French!” I couldn’t get him to explain why though, maybe it’s the stripes ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha that is so cute!

  32. Sarah says...

    My 21 month old is reading! She’s amazing. She tells me and her Daddy that we are “cute”. We’re still nursing and the little talker has much to say about it like, “Nursies pretty” and “Mommy no touch, no finga (finger), no hand.” She wants me to put my hands behind my back when she nurses – not fun. The other day she paused while nursing to shout “TACO!!!!” This morning she told me she’s was a hot dog. She carries three large stuffed animals (fox, bunny and giraffe) and her “Little Pookie” book everyhwere, so getting places is slow going. Every day is a hilarious adventure.

    • Anne says...

      She sounds like a hoot, Sarah! How entertaining!

  33. Mallory says...

    Love hearing Toby and Anton updates! We took our 20 month old daughter to tour a goat farm the other day, which ended in a goat cheese tasting. Every time she sees cheese now she asks, “goat cheese?” Like a little baby gourmand. Cracks me up. She also woke up at 3am the other day requesting pancakes, which was slightly less amusing.

  34. Anne says...

    My 16-month old loves music and has gotten the tune to “Twinkle, Twinkle” down pat. He likes to sing his own version to himself, where all of the words are replaced by “baby.” So, “baby, baby, baby, baby…” and so on. Then, last week, he added a second verse–“daddy!” He loves to sing the whole thing to himself while he’s in the backseat of the car and it is so cute to listen to.

  35. my 3.5 year old loves swimming these days. He is also really into fruit, matchbox cars (we find them at yard sales practically for free) and being outside. He loves that he has chores, he calls them his jobs, and he puts on his construction worker clothes to complete them.

    He is NOT into bugs!! Every bug is a bee to him.

  36. Laura says...

    My 10 month old is blowing raspberries all the time and reaching out to grab things he sees and wants to hold. I can see he’s about to start crawling, so I’m trying to cherish the time when he’ll stay in one place!

  37. Isabelle says...

    The 6 year old boy loves playing soccer and finding treasures.
    Yesterday for the first time he didn’t want me kissing him goodbye at kinder drop off!!! And it starts …
    The almost 4 year old girl is just craaazy right now, running and singing, and is in her pink fairy phase.
    The other day we passed a cemetery and she said : look mama a field of trophies! Jajajaja , that’s a way to see it
    The 6 month old just loves to smile at people, and loves to chew the tags on her toys.

  38. Courtney says...

    My one-year-old (on Saturday! We made it a whole year!) just took to a lovey and it makes my heart swell every bed and nap time to see him ferociously hug that bear. He rolls over on it and sticks his little butt up in the air to sleep. Love it!

  39. Stephanie says...

    My 9 month old loves when I sing to him, especially in silly voices. I sometimes feel like I’m narrating a musical because I love to see him smile and giggle so I sing about everything! He also is so delighted by his dad swinging him in the air–he starts kicking whenever dad enters the room!

  40. Karen says...

    My hilarious daughter is 18 months. She is obsessed with her rain boots and puts them on (all by herself!) and then brings each of us our own shoes as a big hint that she wants to go outside. Also blabbing these long nonsensical awesome words at the fan. And loves standing on the coffee table (in the boots!)

  41. nikaela is from my city of winnipeg! what a great thing to see her photos up on your blog today! :)

    my nephew learned “knuckle sandwich” from his grandpa, and he’s taken to saying “knuckle cheese sandwiiiich!” to make us laugh!

  42. Cassie says...

    My four year old loves building “factories.” Right now his “factory” consists of rocks piled on the teeter totter. He lifts up the side and lets it go and the rocks all tumble back off onto the ground.

  43. Jody says...

    This question is so much better than “Is your child yet?”! My 19 month old son seems to be developing an Italian accent for some strange reason (we are more of an English, French Canadian, German mix)… he adds an “a” to most of his words. He proudly shows off his belly whenever someone asks him to and has a mild obsession with birds :)

  44. Jodie says...

    My 2 1/2 year old Alice refuses to wear trousers or leggings because she only wants to wear dresses to be like a princess! She is quite obsessed with singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ all day!

  45. Pip says...

    My two boys (2.5 & 7 months) are right in the middle of becoming brothers – the little one watches the big one aaaall day and the big boy is starting to take care of his brother – making him laugh when he’s cranky & trying his hardest not to push him over. It’s corny but so delightful! (And makes all the hard, boring & argumentative times better).

  46. kate says...

    my 2 year old has just discovered my first name. She’s been waking up, standing in her crib and yelling, ” hey kate” rather than mama. its hilarious.

    • Stephanie says...

      Haha, this made me laugh! Kids are hilarious!

  47. Bec says...

    a great question!
    my 4year old boy Q has learnt to climb trees. Specifically, our Frangipani tree (which he calls the FrammyPenny tree).
    My 6month old baby boy T continues to change the world one smile at a time. Seriously, his dimple-laden smile and happiness is infectious.

  48. What a great question to ask! I feel like all the parents in my life are just waiting for someone to ask them that so they can share all the amazing details about their children that outsiders are missing! I’m always asking my sister-in-laws about my gorgeous nieces and nephews, and this is a great place to start!

    O.

  49. My eldest {13} is rediscovering his love for magic and my youngest {7} is loving running his hands through my hair when we cuddle in bed.

  50. Samantha says...

    Several times a day my almost 18 month old stands in the kitchen and points to our Bluetooth speaker. He yells, “yeah, yeah” while semi twerking, which is code for “play uptown funk”. We dance in the kitchen together everyday! I just can’t imagine it getting any better and then it does.

    • Becca says...

      Mine too!! She’s 2. LOVES Uptown Funk. She sings along and basically only gets the “hot damn” and “woo” parts. So now when we ask if her food is too hot she immediately goes “hot damn.” Not entirely appropriate but so awesome.

    • Jen says...

      That is my dream! Can’t wait for my 6 month old to be able to dance! I just hope she likes to do it as much as I do!

  51. Tonight we were having a disco dance party (my 2 year old loves disco) and The Hustle came on. It was the first time he ever heard that song and I was singing it and then he started whispering along “do ussel” while dancing. The funniest part was the whispering.

  52. Luna is 2.5 she’s currently chatting away, loves to dance aka spin around like crazy, loves to sing (roar, frere Jacques, uptown funk, ice ice baby), obsessed with her stuffed doggy, animals, stickers, rocks, sticks and instruments. I secretly love that she isn’t into baby dolls or anything super girly (at least for now). She has started escaping from her crib this week so a toddler bed is in her near future!

  53. Kadija says...

    My 6 year old is totally impressing me with the little Legos right now! He opens the pack and will sit for HOURS going step by step through the book to put these intricate machines and toys together. THEN…he pulls them all apart and makes his own thing (how did he get so patient and smart?). Of course, I am required to take pics ;). As always, I love your precious littles and it’s so fun to hear what they’re up to!

  54. I love this question! My mom friends are spread out all over and we ask each other this question too. I agree, it’s a great conversation-starter and it’s sweet to hear what the little ones are up to. My daughter is 20 months and she’s starting to play tricks on us. For example, when we’re sharing a snack, she’ll take a piece and act like she’s going to feed it to me and then at the last moment, pop it into her own mouth, grinning like a maniac. She thinks it’s hilarious. So silly!

  55. Caitlin says...

    My Ben will be 2 the same week as Anton and he does so many Dan cute things I can’t even stand it. One thing that has been making me laugh lately is He sings a song from daycare to himself that ends with putting his hands on his hips and shaking his adorable bum and saying cha-cha-cha. It just kills me. His teachers agree that he is a great dancer.

  56. Suzie says...

    My 3 month old is saying “a-goo” and the other day we heard him laugh for the first time – twice! – while I was having an “a-goo”ing conversation with him!

  57. Johanna says...

    My 3 month old is talking up a storm. We love these long and intense “conversations” we have with him- he acts like he has the most exciting and dramatic stories to tell! And that gummy little mouth! Gah!!!

  58. Alice says...

    My 16 monther adores his new bike seat, and my bike at large: the wheels, helmets, the bell, he plays with a pedal alone for 30 minutes.
    Also into hats, showers, keys, climbing, chicken wings, and wraparound bear hugs. He strokes my hair when I hold him before bed. He’s a lot of fun.

    This was a beautiful, thought provoking, and warming post, Jo, thank you. Rosemary, Kim, and Brittany have my heart soaring this morning.

  59. Heather says...

    I loved reading these comments. So much love!

    At bedtime tonight my 2 year old wanted to sing a verse of “he’s got the whole world in his hands” by himself, only he sang: “he’s got daddy and the dump truck in his hands!” In his baby falsetto. My little love.

    The other day in the car the Dixie chicks’ “cowboy take me away” came on, which I hadn’t heard in forever. I cranked it up and was singing along at top volume and my girls (I’m 8 mos pregnant) started going nuts in my belly, rolling around and kicking and – dancing?? And then I got to the line about “growing something wild and unruly” and started crying bc I already love these wild little ladies I’ll meet so soon. And also pregnancy hormones.

  60. Candace says...

    My almost 3 year old daughter, Avery, loves to say “no thanks” to practically every question we ask her. Cute for sure and sometimes maddening! She is also obsessed with her 5 month old baby sister. Avery shrieks with excitement every time I carry little Amelia into the room and then asks to hug and kiss her. Watching this young sisterly love is positively heart melting. Love it.

  61. Renae says...

    My son is 3.5 and loves that the weather finally lets him be constantly outside (with a shovel of course). We have been having a rough time – started him in pre-school 2 months ago (he has a nanny and has never really been “left” anywhere – she even stays!), to guarantee a spot for next year, and he went from being put down to sleep around 8-ish in his bed where he would fall asleep on his own and stay and sleep through until morning (well – 6ish) to needing one of his parents (preferably me!) to sit in his room with him until he falls asleep (around 9:30-9:45!) and he wakes up anywhere between 12:30-3:30 and cries until he can get into the “big bed” with us. So I feel like I have very little time on my own at all, and am feeling a combination of super tired and sometimes a little down. Hoping it gets better soon!

  62. Lisa says...

    Two boys. Our 3 (nearly 4!?!) year old loves to blow raspberries on our 6 month old’s naked belly while the little guy babbles, “Ba ba ba ba ba ba baaaaaa.” He’s also said, “Ma ma” twice now – not that it can be connected to me at this age, but sweet, sweet music to my ears nonetheless!

  63. Sarah says...

    The kids (4 & 6 yrs old) are learning to swim!! And I’ve got the sunburned shoulders to prove it. :)

  64. My little one is really into climbing and trains. Love his choo choos.

  65. Jessica says...

    My 18 month old has started saying “I do” “I do” and she really is doing it!! She’s also started to have very big feelings and big fat tears. I’ll say, “Are you sad we have to leave the pool?” She’ll respond while wailing, “Yeeeeaaaahhhh, yeeeeeaaaahhhhh”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg love this!!

  66. Spitting! Lots of spitting between my 5 & 8 year old bc the rule is “keep your hands to yourself”. Also, my daughter loves to ask funny questions like…”Why can’t kitties be born out of shells?” Or “what happens if you eat earwax?”

  67. My boys are now 6 and 8, and this phase is awesome! They are playing soccer and baseball, and my 8 year old just finished his second year of piano. They both ski independently now, and that’s a huge reason we can survive New England winters. They are reading tons. The 8 year old loves Harry Potter and The Lightning Thief, and my 6 year old is learning everything there is to know about Star Wars before actually watching the movies. (We are going to watch the first one-#4 of course-on his birthday…shhhh.)

    My boys get dressed and ready for school on their own. My oldest makes a mean guacamole and wants to be a chef, baseball player, artist, and musician when he grows up. My youngest turns everything he sees into a gun, a sword, or a bat. But he also gives the best hugs ever and laughs at everything.

    I could go on all day, but let me tell you, since you’re just a few years behind me…it just gets better and better!

  68. Jen says...

    My daughter Eleanor (still such a thrill to say that!) is nearly 6 months old and loves to suck my chin… I end up covered in her saliva but she shreaks as if it’s the best thing ever! Getting that sort of reaction makes it addictive!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is the cutest thing i’ve ever heard.

      i used to babysit for a family on the upper east side, and one of the little girls would want to rub my earlobe as she fell asleep. it was so adorable/weird/hilarious to lie in her bed and let her rub my ear and wait for her to start snoring!

    • Kelly Hurtado says...

      Jen, my 5 month old sucks our noses, chins and cheeks too! It cracks me up like someone is giving me a baby hickee. He loves it and often calms him down when he’s bored. Love this phase!

      Kelly

  69. Kimkay says...

    The youngest of our three kids is graduation soon from the University in Santa Cruz, CA . But, oh, I remember so many cute things from when he was a little guy.
    Enjoy!

  70. Monika J says...

    My 10 month old will give me a smooch on my cheek when I ask for one. Love!

  71. Mari says...

    My almost three year old boy is such a delight (when he’s not throwing a tantrum)! He shows such genuine deep love, pretends to be a cat all the way down to eating and drinking from a bowl on the floor, and shows me that he’s really listening sometimes when we’re having a deep conversation (usually when I’m explaining to him a situation in which I, too, had to handle frustration) when he stops asking “why?!”and says to me, very softly, “I know.” It’s so adorable.

    And our 16 week old is all smiles and loves to play with toys (very different from our older child at this age)!

  72. taylor hepples says...

    my little creature has gotten into blowing bubble in his cup. he’s 15months old and loves to blow air into his cup. he thinks it hilarious. i think its soo cute!

  73. Brittany says...

    I am thirty and don’t have children yet… And sometimes, especially with social media, I feel like I see a lot of the perceived negatives to having children- moms who are just too tired, frustrated with the temper-tantrums the two’s bring, and the excitement of children sometimes seems to disappear when the “cute” stage is seemingly over and the teenage years begin. A quote that I just can’t seem to get out of my brain is “kids are 51% worth it,” to which I say, that simply isn’t enough. It’s a scary thought for me to think of all of the stress, tears, and hard work it takes to raise a human, and sometimes I wonder if I want to, even though it’s something I’ve always planned on doing. However, I am so touched by these wonderful women who have posted the normal, day to day things their children are saying and doing. When I read these posts, they almost seem magical. I am especially touched by Rosemary’s post about her 25 year old daughter and 17 year old son. It’s encouraging to see a mom that is equally in awe of her grown children as she was when they were squishy and small. I am very blessed by these comments and the women who wrote them.

    • Great perspective! My comment is not meant to imply/sway to either choice when it comes to choosing parenthood or not. I feel whole-heartedly that raising children is ultra challenging (and perhaps not for everyone) but SO INCREDIBLY rewarding & heartwarming & a truly powerful experience that I’m so grateful I’m having the privilege of knowing. There are tough days but the magic of it all is a pretty wild thing. Good luck on whichever path you choose. Either way, enjoying the journey is what it’s all about.

  74. my almost-2 year old boy is very into playing pretend with his stuffed animals at the moment. of course, everything he does is adorable (haha), but it was especially cute this morning when he wanted to read a book to all his bears. you can see the pic here, since it’s better to see it than just to read it: https://instagram.com/p/3Zw6v7kJBd/
    Kids are so fun!

  75. My two year old daughter just started using the potty 4 days ago! I randomly decided to try one day so she went naked all day. Her little butt was so cute! She is now telling me that she needs to go and she poops and pees in the potty! I’m so proud of my girl. She is growing up so fast!
    http://www.sweetlytattered.com

    • Laura C says...

      Oh that’s wonderful! My little one is 20 months and she asks for “peeeee” when she sees me or her 4 yo sister going to te bathroom! I’m so proud she uses the potty too, but still uses diapers. Will try this summer!
      xxx

  76. Johanna says...

    Léo is 4 and is having real conversations with hand gestures and little phrases like “let me think…” or “actually…” He’s also into saying NO to our requests and refusing to get a haircut. He has learnt by heart the beginning of a documentary about whales and starts reciting it at the most random moments.

    Jude is 9 months and has started to crawl and cruise and climb. He is super attached to us -as in needs to touch us all the time (he’s in the baby velcro phase). And he’s starting to get our attention by saying “uh” very loudly.

    And Jude thinks his brother is the most interesting person on earth -and Léo keeps on saying “he loves me better than you guys.” Hopefully they’ll keep on getting along as the months and years go by!

  77. Courtney says...

    My little girl Charlotte just turned 6 months. She is babbling like crazy, rolling over, giggling, starting solids (loves them), and is *almost* sleeping through the night!

  78. Jess says...

    My 19 m/o pats his belly and chants, nom nom nom, when he’s hungry.

  79. Kathi says...

    my 3,5 month old boy made a big discover: his tongue. It is so much fun for him to speak his babylanguage while having his tongue out and so much fun for us watching him

  80. Liv says...

    My 4 year-old is really in to being a protective big brother and loves to soothe his little brother, who’s 3 and doesn’t love being soothed. Because he’s a super hero of course- all of the time- and is very busy and important.

  81. Jess says...

    How sweet! Love reading these gorgeous comments from around the world! My Poppy (4) is trying to converse just like an adult ‘Well mum, I’m not really a big fan of broccoli this evening!’ Esme (20 months) just blows our minds with her insanely good dancing. Xx

  82. Rosemary says...

    My 17-year-old son, a punk rocker, says “love you guys” to my husband and me when we go to bed at night; my 25-year-old year old daughter, who lives a couple of hours away, texts me all the time with photos of her new nai lpolish, or her new business cards, or a great curry she just learned how to make. I couldn’t love them more, and we are constantly surprised and de-lighted by them, even at these ages!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so fun to hear about! thank you so much for sharing.

  83. Melissa says...

    My babies are 12 and 14 – and the other night my 14 year old daughter asked me to wash her hair in the sink for her. My tears welled up as I did it – same sweet noggin on a much bigger and sometimes quite salty gal. And last week my son created his own game of Jepordy (spelling his! ha!) for the whole family to play – complete with categories (“words ending in ing” for 500, Alex), questions, answers (sometimes dubious), and advertisements. So the gifts of parenthood just keep on coming! Thanks for all the windows you give us into your world, Joanna.

    • Loved this comment. The perspective on older kids is nice to read about.

  84. He’s 2 and 3/4 – we thought we’d escaped the terrible twos but he’s had a couple of tantrums in the last couple of days. He’s having big feelings! So sweet . x

  85. Lauren says...

    My son has learned “ew” and “oh no” and they both just crack me up! He will seek out a speck of dust on the floor, pick it up, inspect it, and come to show me while saying “EW!” Haha! He also says “oh no” anytime something breaks or falls.

  86. Lívia Ikeda says...

    Such a sweet question that only moms have patient to listen the answer! My 2-year-old daughter loves making funny baby voices and jumping! :)

  87. Joana David says...

    my two and a half is singing all the time, some songs from school and some songs of ours.
    my five months baby just learned to roll over and he loves his new trick.
    i love my boys…

  88. Tiffany says...

    We live in Berlin with our 9 month old daughter. Crawling seems to be a bit of a perplexing idea for her. It’s crazy sweet how hard she tries, laying on her belly with arms and legs raised wriggling around like a sky-diver. The fact that they need to contact the floor will eventually sink in .

    • That sounds so cute!

  89. Emily says...

    Our 9-month-old is starting to babble constantly. His favorite word is “diggle” (tickle?)… He breathlessly says it a million times in a row as he crawls across the floor. DIGGLE-DIGGLE-DIGGLE…

  90. Rose says...

    Elliott, age 2, just discovered how wonderful and fun the Oregon coast is! He brought his toy boat along and had a blast watching it sail in the tiny current of a stream that leads to the ocean.

  91. Sadie says...

    My two-next-week-year-old loves to play with the spray bottle of water we use for ironing. He pronounces it “pray bopple” and gets so excited about it, he cries. I cannot get enough of him whining, “Find da pray bopple! Find da PRAY BOPPLE!!!”

  92. Sarah says...

    I love this! My girlfriends and I always ask each other this when we meet up for play dates. My almost five month old rolled over for the first time yesterday and is giving us some real baby giggles. So sweet.

  93. Erica G says...

    My daughter is 3 weeks old, so she’s pretty much still eating, sleeping and pooping. She’s doing really well with holding her head up, though! :)

  94. Melkorka says...

    My 7 week old daughter just started smiling socially last week – it is the loveliest thing to se her break out into a smile and to giggle at mine. Every week brings a new wonder!

  95. Our almost 17 month old meows at the cat, pats my back as I hold her before bedtime, loves to sweep the floors, gives huge, chin-up/eyes squinted smiles when we get home from work, tells us that all food is “hot”, dances sideways to any beat, waves to everyone including the cartoons at the end of the episode and naturally, loves to say no with a scrunched up nose :)

  96. Tristen says...

    When I saw your Otteroo post a few weeks ago, curiosity got the better of me… and now our 14-week-old loves it! He is also just discovering his voice, so bath time has become an adorable and NOISY time around here : )

  97. i love that first photo! just amazing! xx lovejoystyles.com

  98. Abby says...

    My almost 6-month old must be going through a growth spurt, because he is sleeeeeeeping all the time!

  99. My 3 year old loves anything mechanical (cars, robots, tractors) and walking slowly, hunched over before bed “I’m out of energy!” He’s adorably ridiculous.
    My 18 month of is obsessed with anything in the natural world. She has more nature words than anything else. She is also a chicken whisperer, she runs around with them and they will let her do anything to them.

  100. deb k. says...

    My boy is six. He makes up the funniest words. Somehow, they’re better than the real words.

    Some examples:
    Bossing me around = bossing me down
    armpit = armpiss
    making it up = faking it up

    This morning he woke up, still groggy, and asked me while still in the bed: “Momma, who are those ladies who say, ‘Push it?'”

    Best part was that he whispered the “push it.”

    • this made me laugh out loud!!!

  101. Since I have no kids yet I’ll answer for my cat. He is currently obsessed with sitting next to all the wine bottles our wood trunk (we refer to him as Punky the wine bottle when he does this) and finding a piece of wrapping paper or plastic or any lingering fluff on our floor and claiming it as his own by sitting on it. He’s one odd duck, but we love him to pieces.

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    • HA YES! Another cat lady! Love it! I have a black cat and he’s my little weirdo too. He likes to follow me into the bathroom and then lay on the floor next to the toilet. Privacy with him goes out the window. His new thing when is he sees a bug he cries until we come over and kill it. hahaha

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  102. My daughter just turned three. She says lots of hilarious and sweet things, including thanking me for her story and song before bedtime, and complimenting me and others on their clothing, saying things like, “Mom, what a pretty skirt you’re wearing!” (except in French, the only language she speaks.) She is also crazy about climbing on almost anything – especially bike racks after we park the bike!

  103. Erin LaDue says...

    My 7 year old loves to put on his sports gear. Yesterday my husband snapped a picture of him reading a book outside with a batting helmet on. I also
    think he loves his lacrosse pads and mouth guard more than he does playing the game.

  104. My 6 year old daughter is obsessed with the monkey bars. Her hands are all blistered, and still she will practice swinging and hanging for an hour in the hot sun. I love how seriously she takes this activity – I consider it a small victory as a parent that she so consumed with something so innocent and simple.

  105. Jennifer says...

    My nearly 2.5 year old is all about doing it himself so today he pushed his own cart through the entire grocery store behind me and mine and he was responsible and careful for the first time ever! And my nearly one year old is good at saying, “Mom more,” as he grabs my arms to get my attention that he wants more water or food or whatever.

  106. What a sweet question! Lately my 6 year old son is really into daydreaming whenever we drive anywhere. And the best part – he loves to tell me about it. “Mom, I was just dreaming about Africa. I think the grass is really tall and yellow there.”

    My three year old son has just figured out board games and he loves playing Memory. His overwhelming excitement whenever he finds matching cards is just the cutest.

  107. She is growing in my belly…. She sits right under my breasts and likes to kick all around – but in the mornings she seems to be all bundled up really low!

  108. Lily says...

    My three-year-old is obsessed (obsessed!) with babies.

    A few months ago, we went to visit some friends and both happened to be pregnant at the same time, so that’s what probably sparked my daughter’s interest.

    Yesterday at the park, she and I were standing next to a pregnant woman and my daughter points at her and asks me, “What’s in her uterus?”

  109. my 1.5 year old little guy loves to blow kisses, spray water with the garden hose (not too much with the drought!), and go outside!!!! he will bring me my shoes, bring me his shoes, his jacket, my purse, and his hat and stand by the door making noises until we go outside. what a fun question. xo

  110. Rebekka says...

    My 13-month old girl just did her first steps a couple of days ago. so cute!

  111. Rikke says...

    My 10-year-old daughter is totally into horse riding and hanging out with her girlfriends. The other day she and her friend made us all brunch including shopping groceries. Our 8 year old son is ALL in to football and ipad playing minecraft. Our 2 year-old son loves his daddy and loves imitating us when we do certain things for example arms crossed and so on. He is SO funny and a happy little guy :-)

  112. I’m on the other end of the spectrum. My youngest just went to her senior prom and this is the last week of high school for her. She has so many things scheduled before graduation, I’m surprised she (and I) will make it through. And this is my third one!

    But the thing I think of most when asked this question is laughing. They’re laughing — with me (at me), with each other, and the laughs keep rolling on. We’re the goofy ones at Target playing with the big bouncy balls. The ones at Panera crying because we can’t contain ourselves. And the ones at the movies in the back row laughing the loudest at the jokes.

    My children’s laughter is the most musical sound in the world.

    • This was really beautiful :) It makes me think of my own mother

    • Thank you, Ashley.

  113. Linda says...

    My oldest son is in Cuba for a month, my middle girl is tired of adulting, and my youngest son is just moved back home for awhile. Not so cute as when they were little, but they still make my heart flutter when I see them.

  114. samara says...

    my 13 month old boy has an intense love affair with his ubi diaper pail. he stands next to it, hugs it and waves one hand in front of his crinkled nose, mimicking the time we told him it was stinky.

  115. Margaret says...

    My 9 month old is dancing all the time, learning new moves as she gains coordination with different body parts. It is so cute. With each new cute thing she does, I feel like I’m falling in love with her in an entirely new way.

    • You totally do keep falling in love in all different ways! It’s so awesome :)

  116. Sweetest photos!

    Kristi
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  117. Marianne says...

    Please put me in touch with your friend! :) we just moved from NY to Bloomfield hills and are looking for great friends!!

  118. jill c. says...

    this post is so sweet!

    my son, who is soon to be 4, is constantly making superhero noises and action moves (like all day and all evening long – i am not kidding).

    my daughter, who just turned 5 recently, learned in a yoga class that she has at school how to practice “candle breath” which is to sit crossed legged and put your hands together at your chest and breathe slowly in and out. She has been teaching everyone we know which i find amazing considering she is typically a very intense and dramatic child.

  119. Kelly Hurtado says...

    My almost six month old said mama this past weekend! I immediately melted when I saw the video. He hides on my shoulder when he’s smiling and has turned bath time in to a flex session where he flips up his butt.

  120. Jessica says...

    My twins are 6 weeks old tomorrow, and they were preemies. Needless to say, there’s a lot of sleeping and eating going on here these days!

  121. My girlie talks non-stop! It’s hilarious because she didn’t talk for the longest time and then suddenly at two and a half she just won’t quit. Best part is that her sentence structure and cadence has her sounding like an old Russian woman.

    This helps when wakes up at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday.

  122. My son, Vallen, just started walking on Sunday (he is almost 14 months). He is SO pleased with himself when he teeter totters around. Seeing the look of glee in the realization that he is indeed walking is the BEST.

  123. Oh this is so cute! My 1 year old daughter is hilarious- she will do anything to make us laugh, and if she sees us laughing, she does whatever she was doing even MORE, to keep us laughing! She hears music and starts dancing, and says, “uh-oh!” about literally everything.
    My 3 year old is turning into a shy little thing- she’s all of a sudden a mama’s girl and clings to me for dear life when she’s sad or shy. I LOVE IT. I have never gotten as many hugs from her as I have in the last few weeks and it just warms my heart.
    She’s also really into telling us what NOT to do. I was taking pictures of her little sister and she said, “Mommy stop PICTURING her!” come on!

  124. Aliya says...

    I’m a new mom to my 3-month-old baby girl Avery, and she’s giving big smiles, staring at plants and flowers, and cooing like crazy. Music to my ears :)

  125. Lane Hinson says...

    All these sweet little dumplings! I could just eat them up. I love hearing about the children of my friends and family members. It’s the biggest reason to stay on Facebook: baby pics!

  126. Gretchen says...

    My younger son is the same age as Anton (almost 2) and I think this age is just so freaking adorable. I love all the new words and phrases that come into his vocabulary. Current favorites are “not yet” whenever you ask him to stop what he’s doing to do something else, and “why, mommy, why?” spoken with incredible indignation in response to pretty much everything.

  127. My son (2.5) is wildly obsessed with shoes. He changes shoes multiple times a day, usually in response to seeing what shoes other people in the room are wearing. I have always hated shoes because my large, wide feet are difficult to fit, and my husband wears flip-flops whenever he’s not at work. I have no idea where this kid get it…

    My daughter (9 months) is starting to mimic sounds. I love having babbling conversations with her!

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  128. michelle says...

    My daughter (16 months) is making pretend soup in a pot and mastering her walking. She runs from me back to daddy giggling and screaming when she reaches us.

  129. <3 Henry is being stubborn. He should be walking and we know he can, he just will not. He is starting stand up by himself for about a minute. We may have to bribe him with something to convince him to take a step!

    He is also getting some new teeth in. Teething is literally the worst. Poor little guy so many big changes all at once.

    Thank goodness for fun parks that have slides, ladders and swings!

  130. Marianne says...

    My eldest son (soon 5) is in a philosophical phase:
    “Why doesn’t the sky fall down?”
    “Why do people die?”
    “I don’t want to become a grown-up, ever!”
    “How did humans become humans? And I don’t mean that boring stories about babymaking.” (So I tried to explain evolution, saying that some apes over a long time evolved and eventually became humans. A few days later he said: “Mom, when you were a monkey I wasn’t born yet.” Uh-huh….)

    My youngest son (soon 3) is very affectionate by nature, but these days it’s extreme:
    “I love Lamby!” (the favourite toy)
    “I love raisins!”
    “I love mama.”
    “I love grass!”
    Oh, and he loves keys and I have to put my keys somewhere he can’t reach them or he’ll hide them somewhere. Last Tuesday I had to work from home because my keys were gone. I eventually found them in the laundry basket.

  131. When someone coughs, my 10-month-old mimics the sound. He also gives open mouth kisses and is turning into a wonderful hugger.

  132. Kali says...

    My 4-year old includes the word “sure” in every sentence lately (“I sure will!” “I surely did!”). She is also 100% a girly-girl (lord help me) and a people-pleaser. She has the biggest heart and car accidents make her sad and her tummy hurt.

    My 2-year old is her father incarnate: naughty, loving and exuberant. She has THE BEST HAIR. Ever. She likes to lay her cheek on my cheek and copy every single thing her big sister does. She’s also making the best facial expressions.

    Both are currently addicted to Band-aids, playing outside and Mommy. :)

  133. kate says...

    Love this! My little one (3 months old) has just discovered his feet. Most of the time spent lying on his back involves one hand in his mouth and the other on his toes while he stares off into space. It makes him looks so dreamy and pensive.

  134. Katharine says...

    My 2.5 year old Bjorn is into imitating adults which is hilarious (and embarrassing ;) and my 6 month old just started babbling and reaching his arms out when he wants to be held. Love the fun things littles do and say!

  135. The sunlight is just perfect! Wow, those eyes….wonderful photo! I know my heart will flutter when I have my first, someday!!!

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme