Baby Love regularly amazes me by suddenly making a big leap in vocabulary. Sometimes her progress is more visible as it happens, like how she is slowly able to point out more and more body parts as we play naming games with her, but sometimes it knocks me on my rear.
For example, at bedtime we always read one of five books (Goodnight Moon, The Going to Bed Book, It’s Time to Sleep My Love, Time for Bed, or I’ll See You In The Morning). Time for Bed has a different animal on each page being told gently to go to sleep. For weeks if not months when she picked that book Baby Love would look up at her dad on every page for him to sign the animal name to her as I read the text. She was interested, but aside from naming the beloved doggie she showed no real absorption of the names. Which was fine. We weren’t trying to drill her. I thought nothing of it.
Until one day as I read it she proudly looked up at her daddy on each page, not to watch him sign the animal name, but to sign them to him.
She knew every darn one.
This has happened more than once, and often with books. She has several books that are just pictures of things that she loves to have me sit with her and name as she points. On a couple of occasions I have told her I can’t read now and after being sad for a moment she has opened the book and proceeded to point to pictures and name them, reading to herself. I’ve had to scrape my jaw off the floor since I hadn’t even realized she recognized most of the words, let alone was able to say them.
Of course, at other times she picks up words all too quickly. Like on Thursday night when she was happily trying to spear dinner on her new fork. I narrated her attempts, “Stab! Stab! Stab!”. “You might want to pick another word,” said her dad. With good reason. Maybe stabbing isn’t a word I should make positive and fun. But evidently 3 “stab”s was all it took, because from the high chair we heard a careful but joyful, “Sta! Sta!” as she tried to spear a wayward noodle.
Oh well, it could have been worse. It has been worse. Luckily nothing too awful has stuck (though “stuk!” has).
I’m amazed watching my toddler master an entire language with no instruction. Her mind is incredible.
But I guess she’s far enough along in her mastery now that I’ve got to remember: whether or not it seems like she is, she’s always listening.
Time to reign my language back down from sailor to G.
“House”warming give away day 1: Baby book
To celebrate my shiny new blog I’m going to give away several books (since you might have noticed I’m a book addict). Today’s give away is for a book for babies, namely, Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat.
Sandra Boynton books are very easy to read aloud and short enough to hold even a baby’s attention. Baby Love still really enjoys them at 19 months, and this one is a current favorite, including colors, clothes, patterns, and silliness.
Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Giveaway restricted to US. I purchased the book for this giveaway, I was in no way compensated by anyone for doing it, all thoughts and opinions and gratitude are entirely my own. Entries close at midnight pacific time on January 26. Prize is a copy of Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton. The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget above. Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond, a new winner will be drawn. I have the right to publicize the winner’s name on my blog. Void where prohibited by law.