Last night I picked up my little Ivy Love. And discovered that I swear entirely too much. We were driving home and as I mentioned before I live where there is constant construction so coming home the lanes are so messed up no one knows which way to go. Add to that the digging machines were kicking up so much dirt that you could barely see the car in front of you.
Suddenly a truck comes out of the dirt, in my lane, headed right for us. I managed to swerve onto the shoulder so he missed us but apparently as my heart was exploding and I was peeing my pants I must have said, "What the fuck was that?!"
When the blood stopped pounding in my ears I hear, from that little voice in the backseat, "What the fuck was that?" Now the pronunciation wasn't perfect but the inflection was exactly the same as mine.
I quickly turned around and said, " I'm sorry Ivy, that's not a nice word, we don't say that." Then I proceeded to drive home.
Getting Ivy out of the car I hit my head, as I always do, and I said "Ow, shit!" Once in the house Ivy dropped her cup, what did she say? "Oh shit" Once again I put on my best frowny face, " Ivy, that's not a nice word, we don't say that."
Later I was telling Mo about Ivy repeating me in the car and Ivy overheard, she says "Mom!" - yes she calls me Mom sometimes, the Princess is too busy to remember the names of all the peasants who serve her. I said, " Whatcha want baby?" And my little Ivy Love put on her best frowny face and said " Don't say it!" Of course I laughed my ass off.
A little while later when the dog stole Ivy's cookie she once again said " Oh shit" Again I gave her the frowny face, but before I could say anything she gave me that little dimpled smile and said " Don't say it!" So I laughed.
I think she was encouraged by my laughter because then she started doing this cute little hopping, skipping kind of dance in a circle, while shaking her head and saying " Shit, shit, don't say it! Shit, don't say it! Shit, don't say it!" Until she tumbled to the floor laughing hysterically.
What could I do? I gave her another cookie.