At a little over 3 years old now, it seems that my favorite word is "actually". I use it all the time, usually when disagreeing with someone or presenting another idea. I don't even really need to use that many words! For example:
(mom) "Hey Lauren, why don't we go upstairs and take a bath?"
(me) "Actually, how about not?"
Mommy and daddy's good friends the Smiths came in town a couple weeks ago and visited us. It was super fun having them here and I loved hanging with little Emerson. She is only a few months old but it gave me good practice at having a baby in the house...especially the part where mommy hushes me all the time when the baby takes a nap! I'm not used to having to alter my ways for another little one, but I did pretty well.
On the Smith's blog, they posted a description of me that mommy thought was pretty darned accurate. Here it is:
Lauren Kubik is a cute ball of energy, whose command of the word "Actually" is impressive and pervasive throughout her speech. Most sentences (especially after you give her a command) begin with, "Actually...[insert rationale for why she doesn't want to do whatever you just told her to]". She is also a connoisseur of shoes and the color pink. And she was kind enough to let Jeff have one of her fudge pops for breakfast after insisting for a while that "Boys aren't allowed to have popsicles". And she was kind enough to read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" to Emerson. The cuteness factor was very very high.
Why thank you, thank you very much!