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Curly Nikki

Who’s Learning Who?

By January 27th, 202165 Comments

Hola Chicas,

My darling Boogie is an unbelievable 14 months today. I don’t mean to brag *brushes shoulder off*, but now this is happening. She’s amazing y’all! She can identify her nose, her ears, her ‘stinky feet’, and her ‘big belly’. She points (and grunts) at what she wants and entertains herself by either quietly flipping and ‘reading’ through the pages of her favorite book or boogying of course, sometimes, sans music. Every time a phone rings, she answers her imaginary one with a super cute ‘allo’, and she initiates the best neck hugs and wet kisses… she even grabs my cheeks with both her hands to make sure she gets it real good. Although she doesn’t call me anything yet, she knows ‘dada’ and calls to him ALL. DAY. Here’s the thing, except for ‘paw-paw’ (my dad melts every single time) and ‘allo’, everything else comes out as a derivative of ‘dada’. Bye-bye comes out dye-dye (as she grabs her rattle and heads to the front door) and she refers to our dog Lady as ‘daydy’.

During the past month, we’ve allowed the two to interact a bit more as I’ve grown a little less anxious, and Gia, less scared. Being the doting mother I am, I’m never far and always facilitate their ridiculously adorable play sessions. I’ve shared this before, but Boog is most certainly a Sour Patch Kid… first she’s sour then she’s sweet… she’ll pinch you with her nails to elicit an ‘ouch’, then giggle and lean in for a hug. She can be just as rough with the poor dog. Here’s how it usually plays out–

-Lady is laying next to my feet minding her business.

-Gia, done dancing or running in circles directs her attention to Lady.

-Fred Sanford style, she walks over to Lady, belly leading the way. She usually has some object in her hand… a remote, a CD, rattle, book or one of her shoes.

-Boog commences yelling. Standing over the lazing Lady, she yells ‘daydy, DAYDY, DAYDY, dye-dye, dye-dye’.

-Lady doesn’t flinch, doesn’t even look up.

-Not eliciting the response she hopes for, Boog throws whatever is in her hand at Lady.

-Lady cares not.

We’re trying to stop this abusive behavior before PETA swarms in. Last night, this exact situation played out. Gia hit lady in the head with her rattle in the presence of me and her ‘dada’. We both immediately and simultaneously let out a stern ‘no-no Gia’. And you know me, I think I may have followed up with an oh so appropriate, ‘let’s be more respectful’ or something of that nature. We had our game faces on, no smiles… she could tell we weren’t pleased. Boog begins rubbing her eyes with her little balled up fists. She peaked out at us over one hand and when she saw that no one was smiling, she continued rubbing, as if to say, ‘I’m so sleepy I’m delirious… it wasn’t my fault’. She then proceeded to tug her ear… the way she does when we ask, ‘where’s Boogie’s ear?’, followed by lots of praise. She tugged on it and smiled like, ‘huh? You like that?!’ When that didn’t work, she gave us some of this action-

By this time, I’m hiding my face behind my hands… holding back the laughter, my eyes welling up with tears. Hubby, bless his heart, held his position. Then I broke…laughed so hard a little pee came out. I mean, damn! What’s a momma to do? We’re really trying to go hard with this discipline thing but she’s just too darn cute and she knows exactly what to do to make us smile and forget her indiscretions.


*can we take a moment to discuss this dance routine? It’s very fluid and as the months have gone by she’s been putting steps together– sashay, spin annnd hands! We haven’t taught her a single move… except for the tap dancing. HILARIOUS. Hubby will stomp his feet and then a la Bill Cosby, yell, ‘Challenge!’ and Boog goes hard. Everything else, including that ‘drop it low’ move… that’s all her.*

Later Gators,


  • Sparkle Arts says:

    Recently this is my go to video when I am having a rough day. Thanks CN πŸ™‚

  • Natakue says:

    Girl, I am cracking up too hard over here! She Jedi mind tricked you into getting out of trouble with this dance routine, haha! Too smart. My best part is the bend-and-look move, haha! I would've been rolling with you too, discipline be damned.

  • Anonymous says:

    She is by far the cutest little girl I have ever seen! I can't wait to have a little one of my own to enjoy these kind of moments.

  • fabwtalk says:

    LMAO! I don't know how I missed this but Boogie is so darn cute. She is dancing with very fab moves by the way and looks like she is mixing on the DJ table. Definiely put a huge smile on my face. Thanks for sharing Nikki.

  • Anonymous says:

    The spins are amazing lol

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a Boogie stan! How can you not love her moves?! Too cute!

  • style pantry says:

    OMG!!!! Too cute and awesome for words. Haha

  • Anonymous says:

    I laughed so hard the first time I saw it that I had to come back and watch it again. She is too adorable!!!!

  • janaymc553 says:

    This is hilarious. She reminds me of my daughter who is 15 months right now. I call her suga because she is so sweet, most of the time. I should call her a sour patch kid, for one her haircut shaped as one lol, u know a box fade lol. And a few times she deliberately Joyce n the face and before I could tel her "no, that's no nice, be nice to your mommy" or something along those lines, then shell give me a bunch of kisses as to erase what she had done.
    PS. I love her dances. Lol the lil boogster

  • Jo Somebody says:

    Go Gia! Boogie on down girl! Lol!!! She can seriously move, eh?! How many ladies can drop it low and melt hearts like that? I'll have to incorporate the inquisitive head turn when I'm next in the club.

    Very cute!

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    Wow Get down Boog! She got some moves. She's adorable!

  • BlondeByDesire says:

    Very cute, I'm gonna have a little Boogie very soon … My grandbaby – cant wait. Gia is adorable.

  • Anonymous says:

    Go Boog! I died when she pulled her pants up and dropped it low…Thanks for sharing Nikki!

  • Honeysmoke says:

    Um, yeah. She has y'all figured out. They come pre-programmed with baby hardware to keep you off your game. πŸ™‚

  • nellboogie says:

    That is quite possibly the cutest thing I have seen in 2011, next to my 16 month old Isaiah (G's future hubby) of course… ;D

  • shak monet says:

    she is getting down

  • hairscapades says:

    I'm in Barnes and Nobles trying not to bust out laughing, so have tears rolling down my cheeks instead as the laughter had to come out some way!!! OMG, I can imagine how it must have been sooo hard not to crack up laughing!! I give you credit for holding out as long as you did and that "hubby" held firm!! These stories are the best Nik! OMG, love the Boogmeister!! LOL!!


  • Anonymous says:

    "Gia" is cute. mmm Ballet class would be nice. I agree with Anony 10:35

  • MissAngela says:

    I loved how she dropped down low and swept the floor with it at the end !!! LMAO just face it, there is no way to discipline a cutie-pahtootie!

  • Anonymous says:

    your daughter should be in dance classes as soon as she's old enough. that's how my daughter started. now she's in ballet and loves it. foxybrown

  • The Muse says:

    too cute! I call my daughter a Sour Patch Kid as well.

  • Godz Kidz: The Jackson Family Blog says:

    This is hilarious ! And her choreography is priceless. The video will be even more precious when she's older.
    She wants to please you so much. Let her see you love on the dog and she will mimic.

  • Anonymous says:

    She needs a sibling!!!

  • Scylla Charybdis says:

    Forget "drop it low." What was that pulling the pant legs up off the ankle move? She was getting serious.


  • RaeShouna says:

    before you know it she will be pop-locking!

  • Anonymous says:

    A..Frickin..dorable :)!!!! She is too cute. Continue to enjoy these cute moments, because you will need the memories once she's a teenager:). Go G-Boogie!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I remember when my son was about 1, he found one of our cats, the mean one…Candy. I was pleased when I heard him say mommy, kitty until I turned around and was mortified with fear that darn boy had the cat by the throat and the cat looking at us as to say "hey you better get this kid off me or else"–hahahahah then there was another time, he had the same cat by the tail! After that everytime Andre was in the vicinity Candy and Judy would hide–ha

  • Kharla says:

    OMG!! so funny i'm still laughing. I have a 20mth and a 11mth old and my daughter the oldest acts the same way.. We also have a dog who gets the brunt of the action and he does nothing.Too funny.. It's so amazing that they can understand when they are doing something wrong and try to change it up on you.. It's a ball though, i get my daily dose of entertaintment with them.. Enjoy her she is a cutie.

  • Kenya says:

    OMG!!! That video is the cutest thing ever!!! It made my night!!! It tickled me. Boog is very specific with her routine!!! Get it!!!

  • Christie B. says:

    Soo cute! Those Yo Gabbas scare me though….lol. She will say Mama soon enough. Babies tend to say Da Da cause it's easier for them. Gia is smart! Stand your ground though…lol

  • Stepha says:

    Such a cute story!! Ha, boogs is such a character, and those dance moves, lol, I was cracking up! Thx for sharing πŸ™‚

  • tashacu02 says:

    My two year old daughter does the same dances and she also does this jig with her shoulders that looks like my drunk uncle at a family reunion. LOL! It is so funny, I could be ready to spit fire and the minute she does something crazy I bust out laughing. I am the worse at disciplining because I laugh too, but at least I have learned to turn away from her and snicker quietly. Haha!

  • Chai says:

    that really made my day, lol!! how cute can a little person be!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikk, I'm not mad at-cha for not being able to keep the stern face with her because she is too adorable, and the dance? "Boogie" is the perfect name to discribe her. She was "jammin" and NOT BIGGER THAN A MINUTE but burned that kitchen dance floor up. hahahahahaha
    Thanks for sharing.
    Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    So Miss Nikki are you ready for #2??? You can't leave little Miss Gia siblingless πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    I have to laugh because I have a 2 year old that did the samething. She now is a full fledge Beyonce imitator. She loves music off all kind, and now she makes special request. So get ready because there is more to come. And yes they are soo darn cute, you can't dicipline them for it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy 14 months Boogie. Nikki boogie is all that and a bag of chips, I'm sitting here wondering what are you all going to do with her little cute and smart self. Keep on lovin that baby girl for all us and sharing. Oh and she is waaaayyyyyyy ahead of you and the hubby maybe granpa and granma can keep up with her because the been around the block a couple of times.

  • Anonymous says:

    She's amazing:)

  • naturallyme09 says:

    Too cute, LOVE it! Keep the Gia posts coming!!! πŸ™‚

  • MissMesa88 says:

    Aaah Nikki I can't with her routine! I started cackling as soon as I seen her tiny feet moving crazy fast I wasn't even ready for arm movements! You better be lucky your husband is as firm as he is cuz if he wasn't, she'd run you both. I don't know how he held it in though. She's such a doll please keep sharing your Boogie!

  • keisha says:

    awww… adorable! get ready cause dance classes are in her near future! loves it when she drop it low!

  • Rece says:

    I laughed every time she dropped it low. Her moves are so deliberate. Make sure she's in dance classes soon! Lol

  • Anonymous says:

    *dies laughing*!!! Go Boogie!!! Nik, I feel your pain as a mother of 3 I understand. My youngest is 7 and I still can't discipline her properly. Her father just rolls his eyes at me and I fall over in a fit of laughter.

    By the way, Boogie… *drop it like its hot* LOL!

  • L says:

    Too freaking cute! Reminds me of the time we tried to wean my daughter off of the pacifier by gradually cutting holes in it. She would suck, pull it out of her mouth and look at it…like what is wrong with this thing…then throw it down. Somehow she'd come back with another and us wondering where she got it from. We later followed her to learn she had a stash behind the sofa in the living room. We were weak! Enjoy this time….it goes quickly!!!

  • Rhonda C says:

    Go Boogie – it's your birth-day! She is so stinkin' cute! She's steppin' on all the way to make room for a sibling, Nik. Hmm…

  • TheRYL1 says:

    LOVE IT!

    She got y'all wrapped around her pinky (as my granny used to say). πŸ˜‰

  • dvaaunaturel says:

    This is took cute! I don't have kids yet but my friends always fuss at me when I laugh at theirs when they have done something inappropriate and I laugh. Sometimes I can't help it because they are so darn cute and do the darndest things. Get it Boogie!!!

  • GGmadeit says:

    You know we live for the Boogie updates. I absolutely love this!!

  • Anonymous says:

    hahahahahhahahahahaha, THAT IS THE MOST ADORABLE THING SINCE MY 2 KIDS DOING THEIR DANCES YEARS AGO!!!!! The music was perfect! Nikki, thanks for the laugh.

  • SimplyCherille says:

    She just too cute for words REALLY! love this video

  • Unika Molden says:


    Please keep sharing…Im experiencing motherhood again vicariously through you…ROFL….I love to take a break from "hair talk" to view a "Boogie Video and Boogie Moment"….LOL….keep 'em coming. She is adorable.

    "I am Naturally Unique!"

  • Pamela says:

    Boogie is TOO cute! I love this πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous says:

    Your husband broke out the Bill Cosby "challenge"?! PERFECT!!

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

    She is way too much fun! She is so cute and clearly knows how to work her parents! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a lurker and never comment, but this is just too stinkin' CUTE!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love posts about Gia's antics. Keep them coming. She is a good little dancer:) ahh poor Lady. She'll get used to it.

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    I love this stage!!! Gia is too stinkin cute! Yeah, at least the hubby has your back. I will say, the older they get, the less cute bad behaviour is. For now, enjoy it, and just keep teaching her.

  • Amber says:

    Okay, I'll admit, when I first started reading your blog, I liked the pics of Gia, but I wasn't interested in reading. Now whenever they come up I'm all, "Yay! Gia post!" and am enthralled. Boogs is the best. And her dancing is amazing.

    Dance, dance, dance, Gia-pet! It will get you out of so much trouble.

    (now I have this weird image of teenage Gia having wild party while you're out and then saying, "But, Mom! Look at what we practiced just for you!" and then they all break into a perfectly choreographed "Smooth Criminal." My mind is a strange place…)

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing Nikki. I SO love your Boogie posts. They always brighten my day. Until the next post… Go Boogie, Go Boogie, Go Boogie…

  • CharyJay says:


    Nikki, I tell ya, you are the perfect story teller!! I know whenever I read YOUR blog posts, I'm in a few giggles! I'm not a member of motherhood yet so I have no advice for you, but It seems like if you can't get the disciplinary actions together, at least your hubby has your back!

    BTW the video sent me over the edge. Too cute! I see why you have such a hard time being stern with her! When are you signing up for some dance classes? Hell, she can probably teach the class lol!!

  • aWickedRose says:

    Boog's got yall caught up huh? She's precious!

  • Sophie says:

    LOL! I just love these Boogie features! I love hearing about a happy little family πŸ™‚

    My only experience with trying to discipline adorable children was when I was a nanny last summer. Sometimes the things they did were so hilarious, but I had to lay down some rules. A lot of times after I sat them down in "the chair" to think about what they did, I would have to walk over to the kitchen so I could laugh! They were so naughty but their faces slayed me. I can only imagine how tough it is with your own funny baby! She is ca-yoot! You should enroll her in dance or gymnastics when she's old enough, she'll be tumbling like a pro in no time.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great story and very cute video! I want to pinch Gia's cheeks!

  • Skeeta says:

    I luv these posts, way too cute. Keep sharing!

  • ljkelly says:

    SO stinkin' cute, Nikki!

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