So…recently, Clare has been a freakin’ sponge.
She sucks up every little tid bit I tell her as if she were starving for knowledge. No seriously…if knowledge were food Clare would be a half pound weakling and not because of an inability to learn but rather because I thought I had more time. So instead working on shapes and what not we played with dolls and laughed and sang songs and imagined.
Then I realized Clare was bored. She wasn’t satisfied with what I was giving her.
I had to do more if I was going to keep her in a good mood.
I started teaching her sign language.
She knows “Thank you”, “Please”, “More”, “Food” and “All done”. I tell you I would do anything for that girl if she says “thank you” in sign language. I’m officially at the end of my sign language knowledge.
But she also knows all her body parts and most animal noises though she has gotten to the point where she is bored with certain animals and only mouths the sound.
And words my friend. This girl is a big old talker. Lots of “Badebadeebadee…” but also word association.
Her first word was “Pop”. I suppose that means we’re going to have an old man for our next child. 🙂 (That was a joke…see? I’m funny.) Now whenever she sees a man with gray hair in a picture she says “Pop pop pop pop pop”.
Her first official word was “Hat”. One day she got some pants and put them on her head and said, “Hat” as clear as day. I was so happy with her that she hasn’t done it since.
She also says “Mama” but not in reference to me. She calls her little baby doll Mama…This girl is going to be shocked when she learns the truth.
Her other words include:
Baba – Bottle
Boo – Book
Bap – Apple, also any fruit or pumpkins
Da – Daddy
Nana – Her stuffed dog from Ikea
Ba – Bruce, the ugliest stuffed dog known to man
Acha! – A chooo! … I don’t know. She does it every time I sneeze. Then she laughs at me
Nack – Snack
We are now attempting to learn shapes and colors. Reading, I feel, is not far off. I didn’t read until I was in 6th grade. Our similarities are dwindling.
If you have any bright ideas for our sponge babe smarty pants I would love to hear it.