Meet T, young, bright, talented, and beautiful. But her secret is going to bury her alive..."
My current, irrational fear for my daughter's future - hoarding. She has been very attached to a few items recently and there are others that she rotates in and out, but wherever she goes, she is burdened with all the things she feels compelled to carry with her. The regular items include Mimi&Binky (when we let her, trying to keep these for bedtime only), drumsticks, and Teddy. Other items have included DVD cases, purses, new Mimi, Baby Doll, and a weird play mobile attachment part that resembles a question mark two feet long that T calls her "umbrella". She even insists on sleeping with these items, as uncomfortable as they may be.
I've tried to suggest that she has too many things to carry and offer to help. This is met with responses like "No, that's mines," or "I had it first". Apparently, she is already prepared to her younger sister to start stealing her clothes.
|"Where my DVD case?" says K.|
In this picture, I really wanted to get a cute shot of my coordinating girls and tried to pry away the DVD case, Teddy, and High School Musical purse (filled with an assortment of items), but she refused. At least I got the smile!
So, I don't know if this is normal 2.5 year old behavior (I'm sure it is). I'm watching closely though. I've had first hand experience with cleaning up after a hoarder and it was horrifying. Excuse me now, as I purge four trash bags full of clothes to donate...
On a side note, the other day, T said, "Look Mummy, there are three many birds!" Puzzled, I asker her to repeat what she said, and again she stated "three many birds." It took me a couple of minutes to figure out she hears me say "too many" (as in she is carrying too many things) and assumes I say "two many". Thus, the logical toddler interpretation for even more of something would be "three many". I need to figure out how to clarify that for her, right after I explain one snowman, two snowmen. :)