Nineteen months
Monday November 26th 2018, 9:02 am
Filed under: Family,Life

At the kids’ house in Anchorage, if you look up at the wall near the ceiling in the living room (where it’s way out of dog or baby reach) you say “Alexa” with a command and music starts playing. The wheels on the bus go round, and round, and round, after round… I had a verse he didn’t know, though: the wipers on the bus go swish swish swish, complete with big arm motions, not little ones. This was totally Mathias’s kind of thing, and when Alexa finished he would look at me expectantly, waiting for it with a big grin.

If only he could command that thing, too. “Lessa? Lessa?” doesn’t quite pull it off.

Turns out that standing in his bedroom looking up at the light switch and commanding “OFF!” loudly does not make the light go on or off, either. Not for lack of trying on his part. Somehow that wall just wasn’t compliant.

“Off” to him meant change which way it is, so I practiced saying and demonstrating “on” and “off” with him. A new word to apply to it! He liked that, but persisted for now with his version. But hey, what baby doesn’t love playing with light switches, and here was Grammy aiding and abetting. Good times.

He’s at the two-syllable-sentence stage that I so love.

Except for in his mommy’s reading of one Sandra Boynton book. I was not expecting “armadillo” out of him. I guess it counted as two two-syllables?

We had such a good time!

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Oh, the discovery of language as a tool! It is an absolute favorite thing of ours, to watch these little people develop rules of syntax and understand pronouns and apply descriptions to things. Last time we visited, A referred to Wilson as “Nana’s friend”. He sometimes refers to his own daddy as “mommy’s friend”. It just cracked us up even as we marveled at the sophisticated understanding of language that it shows.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.26.18 @ 9:28 am

Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Comment by Anne 11.26.18 @ 11:51 am

1 baby afghan done, 3 to go.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.26.18 @ 5:00 pm

I totally love the Sandra Boynton books. They are just too funny, make you want to move, and sing and dance. I have been picking up gently used copies so that I have a wonderful story box when my great granddaughter comes to visit. I have one that contains a CD – book is titled Blue Moo, 17 jukebox hits from Way Back Never. At the back are the words, notation and guitar chords so you can play and sing even without the CD. Sweet! I so look forward to reading with little Ellie – at 16 months she luuurves books!
Chris S in Canada

Comment by Chris 11.26.18 @ 8:12 pm

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