I've been having a very long, bad mommy week.
I think I'll go nuts if BeanBean asks me one more question or to "ask me a question, mamma!"
Answering questions-- BeanBean will answer questions correctly under three and only three circumstances: 1) I am perfectly relaxed and ask as if I don't care about the answer, 2) he's "doing school" (which may or may not involve school books) or 3) someone (a stranger) he's initiated a conversation with is willing to keep talking to him. :LOL He's all about asking and answering, right now, though. "Mamma, is this a 't'? I think it's a 't' for Toyota. Is that a 't'? Mamma, ask me a question, talk to me!" When he says "ask me a question," he usually means that he wants me to repeat the question he asked back to him (which is, when I'm in decent mommy mode, the way I try to deal with his questions).
A few weeks ago, BeanBean went up to a woman in a shoestore who had put her car keys down beside her purse. "Hi, do you drive a Ford? Is that a Ford key?" She jumped and looked down and said, "It is, how did you know?" She was just shocked at him. Apparently, despite his recent growth spurt, he's still "small to be talking like that."
He was telling her all of the shoe brands and talking about cars with her, and she was all excited, telling the clerk that he could read.
Um, not really, just a few words and a heck of a lot of logos (though he does recognize the words when they're not in the logo, i.e. "Ford" and "Toyota"). She was very excited, though, and he was happy so I just watched them chat away.
I don't think it hurt him.
BooBahDoo has a few words which are very clear and a few phrases, and a whole bunch of cloudy, quick speech. She walks funny, and she's been doing it long enough now that I'm worried about it. I thought at first that she walked funny because she was new at it, but now that she's proficient I think it's her legs-- she's quite bowlegged. The weird part is that one of her legs seems to be more curved than the other, and she still walks on the outside of that foot occasionally. It's really weird, but she kind of walks with a limp.
I wonder if the more-bent leg isn't shorter than the other, and that's giving her the funny gait.
I don't really know. Maybe I'm paranoid. I know that if I was to call Early Intervention and tell them that I'm concerned about the way my not-quite-11-month-old walks, they would give me funny looks through the phone.
I guess I'll have to wait and see if she's still limping in a few months.
Oh! She talks and crawls in her sleep, and occasionally will stand up and walk in her sleep. Eyes totally shut, and she just jabbers and wiggles away. It's totally nuts! Sometimes she just sits up and just screams at the top of her lungs and there's absolutely nothing I can do with her because she's not awake and not really asleep. She won't even nurse then until I can get her to wake up, and sometimes I can't. I'm horrified to think that she might have night terrors. Mike's sister had horrible problems with night terrors growing up, she'd scream at her brother and shake their bunk beds in the middle of the night, or run outside just shrieking at the top of her lungs and be totally out, not remember any of it in the morning. It got so bad that they actually had her on phenobarbitol for several years.
I totally understand what might drive a parent to that point, and BooBah's not even a year old yet.
Originally Posted by loraxc
I'm curious if your kids followed the "standard" language acquisition patterns (slowly acquiring words till they hit about 50, then a huge language explosion, followed closely by word combining, followed by short sentences). DD hasn't at all. She has hundreds of words which she has acquired very steadily since about 11 months, but until recently just recently used them individually. Now she seems to have sort of skipped the "word combining" stage and gone straight to sentences, though I can't understand them all the time.
BeanBean started combining words once he had three of them. After that, new words were almost immediately incorporated into phrases that he already had; i.e. "nurszh now," "I love bananas," instead of just "now" or "bananas." I would say that he collected words slowly in the beginning, but I'm not sure if that's accurate or not. By the time he was 18 months old he talked like a preschooler, and by his second birthday he was just blabbing away. He seems to pick up new words, phrases, and concepts at a phenomenal clip these days, but maybe I've just got a skewed perspective on it all. I don't know, I'm feeling totally out of sync with him this week.
I'm not sure how many words BooBah has right now, but I don't think it's 50. Maybe I'll make a list and count them later tonight. At any rate, she seems to pick them up much more slowly, but once she has them she uses them constantly. She doesn't say anything she doesn't mean, it's like every word that comes out of her mouth has got to be important or she doesn't want to bother with it. :LOL I'm ashamed to say that she doesn't have a set of blocks, so I have no idea whether or not she can stack them.
: I do know that she's figured out how to remove individual bits of a pinecone, and that she prefers eating dandelion greens to the regular grass growing in the yard and can differentiate well enough to pick them on her own.
She's super cute and lovey, though.
I've learned something else about BooBah: if I make sure she has a *big* meal about 1/2 hour before bed, she sleeps a heck of a lot better. That, and if I don't try to keep her under a blanket. It's amazing, BeanBean and BooBah sleep in exactly the same positions or in mirror images of one another every night, but BeanBean refuses to sleep without a blanket no matter how hot he is, and BooBah refuses to sleep under a blanket unless she's *freezing* (and she rarely is-- she's daddy's girl). The one time I can remember her climbing back under the blanket, she was so cold that she shocked me awake. :LOL She still talks or sits up and screams in her sleep, but she doesn't actually wake up to nurse if she's not under something.