The past 2 weeks have marked quite a change in my 21-month-old's cognitive processes, and it has been really exciting. The few weeks prior to those weeks were pretty awful- she was sleeping badly, crying allllll the time, and I really was wondering if there hadn't been some alien abduction and switching of children, or maybe Bernadette actually had a evil twin that I had birthed, not known about and was switched out for my sweet non-evil Bernadette.
As it is, neither were the case, and there was just a whole bunch going on in her little brain that she just had no idea what to do with. Here are a few of the verbal developments we've seen in a matter of about a week.
Prior to explosion After explosion
"I love you" "Ya you" "I wuv you, mommy"
"I need bottle" "bawuuul!!!!!!!!!" "I eed bawuul, mommy"
"Where's Naomi?" "Nomi??!?" "Nomi seepin, in bed?"
"Where's daddy?" "Da-eeeee" "Da-ee seepin, in bed?"
"No" "no!" "I will never!"
"Beast is bad" "bees" "da beast, is a baaaad"
"Little Einsteins?" "veee-oooo" "Veinsteins!!!"
"Bite of egg?" "egggggggg" "bite of egg, mommy?"1
I have to say I am less than excited about the development of her words of refusal, which have undoubtedly only been picked up from her older sister, who pretty much says she will "NEVER" do anything you tell her to do.
Also, I am a tad embarrassed to publicly admit my exposure of their small minds to a handful of Disney films (don't worry, nothing newer than "The Lion King"), and that Bernadette has really taken to the Beast from "Beauty and the Beast"- a little weird. She discovered the story in our book of fairy tales and will occasionally just sit on the couch, stare down the picture of the beast jumping out and scaring the crap out of Beauty, and say to the picture repeatedly "Beast is a-growlin"- also a little weird.
Bernadette: "mommy, bafuum?"(is mommy in the bathroom? the only place she goes other than right here and the kitchen?)
Naomi: "yes, Bernadette, I am a great dancer! Here I will show you!"
She also just figured out "conditionals." For example, if we're trying to get her to eat dinner, which she always refuses to do, I can say "do you want chocolate chips?" she will say "yes," and I can say "well, you have to eat your hot dog to get chocolate chips," and she will do it!!
And as you can tell, my fantastic mothering skills carry over to their diets as well- I'm really firing on all cylinders over here.
There, now you know way more than you ever knew you didn't want to know.
Have a great Sunday!