Is anyone else astounded by how much toddlers pick up on without our knowledge of them doing it? Are David and I the only parents who talk at night about all the ways Annie showed us during the day that she understands far more than we give her credit for? Because those talks happen more and more often now around the Noble homestead.
|My favorites. And this is Annie's "oh" face.|
While Annie still doesn’t say very much (maybe 5 or 6 words total) – she prefers a sharp “Uh!” and pointing to communicate her wants and needs at this point in the game – she understands, well, more than I even know. Just as an example…last night, she grabbed a hairbrush from the bathroom while David was getting her ready for bed and started brushing her hair with it. Beyond that, when David instructed her to “go show Mommy your hairbrush,” she looked at him as if to say, “Hey! That’s a good idea.” And then ran into the kitchen where I was, to…you guessed it, show me her hairbrush. We never showed her a picture of a hairbrush, never explained to her how to use it, never went through the process of explaining how one goes about showing anybody anything, and David didn’t tell her where she could find me in the house. She just knew all of that on her own. From watching us. From hearing us talk to her and to each other. From being a part of our household.
|This look says, "Seriously, Mom? You think I don't notice the barrette you stuck in my hair?"|
A little croquet action with her sweet friend Stella. And yes, they do match.
I don’t say all this to say my child is a genius – although clearly she is… J - I am just realizing how much a child, any child, gathers from observation and repetition. It’s really something to see…and the tiniest bit sobering to think about.