Toddlers are fun and interesting creatures, and one of the most surprising things is how developments can occur seemingly overnight. And sometimes it can catch Mommy off guard!!
We frequent many different story times around town, and for Christmas, we filled up the girls' bookshelves with some of Anna's favorites. One of the books was Llama, Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney. Anna has "read" this book on more than one occasion and always seemed to enjoy it, so I was excited to add it to the nighttime book repertoire.
Well, imagine my surprise when we start reading it together, and Anna suddenly recognizes that the llama is upset that Mama is gone. She points at the llama crying and says, "uh oh, happened????" (toddler-speak for "uh oh, what happened?"). She gets progressively more upset, and despite my best efforts to turn the damn page to show her that Mama Llama comes back and Baby Llama is no longer upset, she just continues to get more and more alarmed the more she looks at that stupid llama crying.
After a solid 15 minutes of reassuring her that Baby Llama is okay, I finally convince Anna to keep reading the book with me so that we can see that everything is okay and that Mama Llama comes back, and all is right in the Llama world.
Needless to say, Llama Llama Red Pajama has "accidentally" gotten lost in the top of Anna's closet, and I'm not sure that it will be making a reappearance any time soon!