loraxc, that IS cute and sweet and everything bookworm mamas love
DD learned right and left pretty early, too, sometime between 1 and 2yo. I'm glad because it gives me hope she'll have better visual-spatial skills than I.
I still confuse left and right sometimes and use the L hand trick.
Today I had to turn around twice when I went the wrong way going to and back from a new place, especially as I tried to reverse the directions I had... meanwhile, DD is repeating the conversational points we had on the way over, but in reverse order. Example: we pass the big church again, and she starts talking about how I asked if she was tired, four hours previously on the way over.
Also giving me hope is how she asked a few times about this one thing, and now explains it to me over and over-- how we can't see certain parts of people or things in book illustrations, because the person is facing away, or their right foot is behind their skirt, or what have you. She's always telling me, "Shes face is toward the LAKE. Shes face is not towards US. Shes BACK is towards us." (She says "shes" for "her" right now. That and irregular verbs are the only cute typically developing toddler language quirks I'm getting to enjoy.)
She's back on a huge book binge, asking for us to read to her all day long, "reading" to herself a lot, too... and puzzles. She can do this big 36 piece one pretty much by herself, and any of our other 36 piece ones if we help her make the border. And of course we have to do puzzles whenever we aren't reading. Or dancing. Or nursing.
She has read a few words suddenly, and is pretty excited about the idea of reading still. She's sounding out a lot of words, but mostly asking us to help her all the time with that. Thank goodness for the Boggle Jr. game someone gave us, because she loves "spelling" now, and that seems to sate her.
If there's no book, she wants stories and sits and listens to me just make stories up, and then she says, "Don't forget about the fairy girl!" to remind me of some other story I told the other day, which she wants again. And then stories about all her toys.
And just crazy imaginative stuff like taking bites of her rice cracker and declaring that she made a jellyfish (picture a round top and smaller flared bottom). And then made her finger-baby bounce on it like the blue fish in the submarine ride at Disneyland. Oh yeah, and constantly pretending to be at Disneyland.
DH and I were watching her play the other day, and she was working some toys somehow, and reciting this Neil Gaiman poem from his new book, which we've read several times, all about praying that this girl have a wonderful, adventurous life. And we about died loving the whole thing!