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I'm having one of those "I just have to share" kind of days. It seems kind of silly to post it here since it is not clear that the kid in question is gifted, but my guess is he is and I feel confident that you guys will understand my need to brag more than any other community I am part of.<br><br>
The triplets were born substantially prematurely and one was extremely small for gestational age. Where we live, there is great public health follow-up for preemies, who are at risk for all sorts of things - many of which have nothing to do with intelligence. The little guy was so small that they will be followed until he is 5. We had our 3-year visit from the follow-up team today.<br><br>
The case worker was so impressed with how they did with the age-appropriate challenges that she dug out the 5-year old materials and gave some of the early-academics challenges to the kid I think of as "clearly smart, but less academically inclined than the sibs" and he just flew through them.<br><br>
I was not surprised at the other two kids as they show off their cleverness daily. But, it was thrilling to see how much this one had absorbed despite displaying no particular interest.
 

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I was not surprised at the other two kids as they show off their cleverness daily. But, it was thrilling to see how much this one had absorbed despite displaying no particular interest.</div>
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How lovely he's doing so well - and the others too! We had some early medical issues. I know it can be a little nerve-wracking, even as they seem to be doing well. Once you've been blind-sided, you're never completely blithely unaware, you don't make assumptions and you don't take anything for granted.<br><br>
For DS 17 y.o., and DD 14 y.o., it's typical prepping for the end of the year here - school performances, drama group performances, community youth band performances....They are very busy getting ready for upcoming concerts and shows. DD is performing in <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> this month. One big concert is being held next weekend at a new performing arts centre, so I'm interested in checking out the venue. The newspaper reviews have been raving about the space.<br><br>
At school there's lots of what I call grade harvesting for report cards. On top of the usual projects etc., DD is participating with the rest of her gifted class in a local university math competition. DS has been busy with the culminating projects and assignments for his year in high school. I'm looking forward to watching his production for his film class. He hasn't shared it yet - protecting the artistic process <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br>
We're traveling too. DS went to Boston with his school orchestra and band about 2 weeks ago. We're planning a family trip to New York city at the end of the month and they will miss a couple of days of school then.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was not surprised at the other two kids as they show off their cleverness daily. But, it was thrilling to see how much this one had absorbed despite displaying no particular interest.</div>
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He's a sleeper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. My son was like this and I had no idea until he was 3+ and someone else pointed it out. Now, my money's on he's going to do amazing things - they likely won't happen at school, but look out world later!<br><br>
Nothing new here other than they seem to be happy and thriving. And that's all I could want.
 

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Awesome, hergrace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
As for us, it's just more of the same. She's still working hard on learning to write. She's drawing beautiful pictures (a bird with a tether pulling her through the air). She's spending a lot of time reading a book on organ transplantation DH picked out for her at the library. She's been quizzing me on math (what's zero plus zero plus zero plus zero plus zero?) and giggling like crazy when I answer. Today, she gave birth to triplets, all of whom immediately learned to talk. And right now, she's sitting in the rocking chair next to the (open) window, singing at the top of her lungs a song about how birds are dinosaurs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm sure our neighbors think we're crazy. A few days ago I caught her lecturing the neighbor's dog about how everything is made out of elements.<br><br>
Life is good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My small girl has been doing some impressive things imo! She can count objects to 9 (misses 4) and I've been trying to catch it on video and she won't let me!! The other day, my dh asked her to put a pop can in the garbage and she said "no! Cycle" as in the recycling box! It was really cute.<br><br>
My big girl's writing has really taken off. And she taught herself to write her name last month. She drew a volcano in church last weekend and at first she said it was active because she drew lava. Then she changed her mind and said it was extinct and she drew a town on top of it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She drew a volcano in church last weekend and at first she said it was active because she drew lava. Then she changed her mind and said it was extinct and she drew a town on top of it.</div>
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I love this!!
 

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We are doing fantastic.<br><br>
My son's school year is coming to a close, thank goodness. He's in second this year and it is his first year after a skip and his first year in the full time gifted program (starts in second). It has been a challenging year basically due to a very poor fit with his teacher. I'm glad it's over. I'm also very proud of him and how well he has adjusted to the skip and the new school. We have been struggling with some asynchronous behavior in writing and in attention span this year and both have improved dramatically. I took a look at his handwritten spelling list last night and had to ask him if he actually wrote it himself. The handwriting was really good. As for the attention span, I finally convinced the teacher to try some things differently in how she reacts to him on this issue and it has improved greatly.<br><br>
He just received his first communion at church and is loving feeling like a grown up in church. We had his and his sisters birthday party the same weekend as his first communion and had 25 kids at the party. It was crazy but fun. And puts to rest a lot of the stereotypes about a kid who skips struggling socially. He obviously has more than enough friends.<br><br>
My daughter is not yet confirmed gifted. She is not obviously gifted. She didn't meet milestones early. She's also one of those kids who hates showing you what she knows. So it's hard for me to even have any real idea if she knows things or not. We are fairly sure she knows her colors and we don't think she can read yet. But we can't be sure of either as she hides what she knows very well. But we often get glimpses of a keen intellect and she has always made connections to a degree that has long led us to suspect that she is quite gifted.<br><br>
Well it turns out her intelligence is more obvious to those outside our family than I thought. We had a doctors appointment last week for her well child check. While there I asked about a referral to a speech therapist as she is still often hard to understand. He looked at me and said that he didn't feel she was delayed and that the problems were just that she sometimes speaks to fast. He then goes on to mention that this is a common problem with gifted kids like her. Him saying that kinda blew me away as I didn't think it was that obvious. It also reassured me a bit that what we see is likely real.<br><br>
I'm started to field the questions about pre-school with her from friends which is frustrating. But I did with her brother too. I don't send my kids to preschool and where I live it is very common for kids to have 3 years of preschool prior to kindergarten. I didn't get much pressure when I choose not to send her so far. But now that she's 4 I'm getting the horrified responses when I say she still won't be going to preschool in response to peoples question.<br><br>
I am on the steering committee for a new parents group for gifted kids in my town. I don't know if my vision of what I would like to do matches the coordinators of the group or not. But I'm looking forward to seeing if we can work together. If we can't I've met others through the group who do have a similar vision. Hopefully, I can work with them in the future to take on some issues that need tackled. I'm excited to see how it goes.
 

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DS has been out of school all week with a stomach bug. I had it too, but it just lasted a day. DH has it too now. So we have been stuck home all week.<br><br>
Other than spending way too much time on nickjr.com and watching old episodes of the Partridge Family on hulu.com (I think we rely on computers too much when we can't leave the house) we've been doing tons of math and spot the difference puzzles.<br><br>
We've been doing multiple digit addition, single digit multiplication, and DS's favorite simple division. I'm now worried he's never going to finish the first grade math workbook I got him to work on his pencil grip, b/c he's had such a math leap. I really splurged on that book. I hope he will still enjoy it.<br><br>
The thing that is driving me crazy ATM is his inabilty to look for things. He is pretty good at the spot the difference puzzles, and can remember stuff that happened years ago when he was a baby, but can not translate these skills into actually finding things like his abacus around the house. I am beginning to suspect that he just likes trying to make me do things for him, similar to his claimed inability to dress himself which magically disappears if I say "if you're not dressed by the time the clock say's 10:50 we'll be skipping kinder gym class this week."
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The thing that is driving me crazy ATM is his inabilty to look for things. He is pretty good at the spot the difference puzzles, and can remember stuff that happened years ago when he was a baby, but can not translate these skills into actually finding things like his abacus around the house. I am beginning to suspect that he just likes trying to make me do things for him, similar to his claimed inability to dress himself which magically disappears if I say "if you're not dressed by the time the clock say's 10:50 we'll be skipping kinder gym class this week."</div>
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Sounds familiar. DD can't find something sitting right next to her, unless it's something I don't want her to have, in which case, try as I might, I can't hide it from her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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This has been an insanely hard month so far. DD's (16 months) just been, well, I don't know... very strong willed, I guess. Lots of tantrums, no sleep, and what not... but despite that she's picked up some new skills:<br><br>
- She's started saying more colors. I'm still scratching my head on this one because I never bothered to tell her the names of the colors but some how she's picked them up and will ask for certain colors if we're coloring.<br><br>
- She's been getting better at a lot of her other skills. She's learned more letters, has started verbalizing more numbers too (vs. signing them). She's talking a lot more in general and is starting to finally say a lot of the words that she's been signing for months now. She's also been singing a lot, we've been hearing "e i e o" and "dddd dora!" around the house often lately. Oh, and from the little we've let her watch Dora/Kai Lan she's started saying some of the words in spanish/chinese and wants me to hold her up to the TV so that she can answer all their questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> We've decided to cut off her TV because it's just becoming too much (as in her demanding it ALL THE TIME).<br><br>
- She's really interested in babies and emotions. She keeps asking for a baby, to see babies, and baby dolls. We really need to get this kid a nice doll but don't have the $ right now. She accidentally saw a birth on LOST last night (the kid refused to go to bed, and I was too stubborn to miss it). She was beyond fascinated with it and kept signing crying and sad for the mom giving birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She's also been trying to figure out other kids' emotions at the park and if a kid has a tantrum goes over to that kid and either tries to help them stop crying or starts crying herself.<br><br>
And I'm pretty sure she wants a bike... we hear A LOT about bikes now...
 

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DS (27 mo) had a playdate with a 3yo yesterday and it was the first time I've seen him actively playing and conversing with another toddler. It made me realize that he really is much more at the 3yo level in terms of language and play.<br><br>
Yesterday I took him to the grocery store and was buying hot dogs for older DD's camping trip. We are vegetarian, so he doesn't know about hot dogs. As he pondered the big display, he asked, with a twinkle in his eye, "Are we going to buy some fingers?"<br><br>
He is always asking to have things spelled, but I think that's DD's influence--it's in one ear and out the other, IMO.<br><br>
DD's writing and spelling are continuing to improve remarkably. She brought home a flyer for a school event that a 4th grader at her school had made and I thought it was something she had made. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> It took me a minute to realize that the handwriting was a little different than hers.
 

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Well, DS is 29 months today. I can't believe he's actually almost 2.5. Eek! We wound up our 8 week gymnastics session this week. I haven't decided yet, if I'm going to put him back in gymnastics this summer. The first few weeks of gymnastics he went in and did great, with no problem. Then one week he cried when he went into class and said he didn't want to go. His teacher is great and got him to participate, but I know he would have rather gone home that week. Ever since then he'll whine that he doesn't want to go to gymnastics when I first mention it, but once I remind him about all the fun things they do, he usually turns around. Without fail, 100% of the time, he comes skipping out of class, filling my ear with all the exciting things he did. I'm pretty sure the only issue is that his class is late in the afternoon - pretty much dinner time - and after a looooooong day of preschool. If I end up staying home for the summer (not sure yet) then he will be home with me, so maybe he won't be so tired and better able to enjoy gymnastics. We will see.<br><br>
And on that note, to brag on myself - I graduate from nursing school this weekend! So that will change things around the house, as I look for a job and no longer have long school days. Our schedule/his school schedule may change, depending on when/where I work.<br><br>
We had his parent/teacher conference at his Montessori school this month too. As usual, she raved about him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She always just says how he's very easy to love, he has a great sense of order, and is generally doing great in class. He has varried interests, although he really enjoys the landforms, puzzles, books, and music. She is recommending that we move him to the 3-6 class this summer (if he goes) or next fall. That does raise the question for me, of what to do with him for kindergarten. If he starts Primary (3-6) this year, and completes the usual 3 years in that class (with the 3rd year being the kindergarten year) then we have to decide to either have him repeat kindergarten in public school, do a 4th year in Primary, or keep him in private Montessori so he can start first grade early. The last choice is my preference, but M school is expensive, so we'll see. I really have a hard time seeing the first two choices as choices at all, actually. I looked online at the goals that kindergarteners are expected to meet by the end of the year, in our school district, and DS can already do most of them. I am fairly sure that he'd be bored to tears in that class 4 years from now. Like loraxc already said, he is really more on the level of children a year older than him right now. If his development continues on the curve that it is now, I expect him to be ready for kindergarten in 3 years, rather than 4.<br>
What else? He learned to ride his tricycle about 3 weeks or a month ago, so now every day after school he begs to do that. He's still obsessed with sticks, rocks, dirt, etc and would rather throw rocks into the creak than breathe. Such a boy!<br><br>
He's been talking about dinosaurs and monsters lately, so I got him some dinosaur books at the library. One of them was a cute little rhyming book about dinosaur bones. This lead to questions from him about "Where are my (such and such) bones?" I love how he automatically made the leap that he must have bones too. So, back to the library I went for books on the skeletal system. Turns out, there aren't many! We've read one of them twice and he can now identify his skull, femur, tibia, phalanges, and spine. He's known the layman's terms for all of his body parts for over a year, including trickier ones like shoulder, elbow, and ankle.<br><br>
We are also so firmly in the "why" stage, it's driving me crazy. I try to challange myself to come up with more answers than he has questions, but it's hard sometimes - especially first thing in the morning when it takes every ounce of my being just to drag myself out of bed!<br><br>
This Saturday is his little end of year concert at school, followed by his school carnival. I can't wait! Right after that is my pinning ceremony for school, and then the following day is graduation. It's going to be a crazy, emotional, exciting weekend!
 

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Just a word on this--those goals are pretty low-end, IMO. I remember thinking the same thing about my DD at around 3--that she knew all her letters and sounds, could count pretty high, do simple addition, certainly knew colors and shapes, etc. I don't think those expectations present a full picture, though. While K has not been sufficiently challenging, there is plenty about it that would have been beyond her at 3. (That said, DD did not learn to read till almost 5.) I'm talking specifically about writing expectations, the science and social studies curriculum, and some (not much, but some) of the math. Also, there are many parts of K that are not academic but are still important. Now I sound like an apologist for standard K for gifted kids, which I'm not, but I wouldn't worry TOO much about the expectations and where your child is now.
 

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DD turned 7 in March and is doing great at her public charter school. This is a new school for her, and she has been able to take multi-age electives, learn chess and make some good friends. She is in a 1/2 blend class of 19 students with an awesome young teacher. We are excited that she will be skipping 2nd grade (she pretty much did it while in 1st grade) and going right into a 3/4/5 class next fall. Last year she was id'd as gifted in all 3 areas by the district, and her charter doesn't have a pullout program. The teachers there do a wonderful job differentiating for all the kids, but it will be easier for the teacher in 3-4-5 to have the materials for her. It will be exciting for all of us, I'm sure! She probably wouldn't have moved ahead a grade at her neighborhood school and I might not have even wanted her to, since she would be on the young side going into middle school and high school. Luckily, her charter is K-12 so the transitions should be much smoother. She already knows kids in all the grades from various activities.<br><br>
I love reading all the things the little ones are doing! As dd has gotten older, there aren't as many "big" advances that jump out at me as a parent. Her vocabulary is probably the biggest thing I notice, and her fluent reading aloud of pretty much any book. Her school teaches math in really neat ways (I'm not even sure what they are called, having been a student of 1970s math) and I am amazed to hear her break down a math problem and solve it.
 

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DD finally turned 4 in April, and as her school principal said, "Thank goodness she's finally 4, no one could believe she was 3" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I guess partially because she is tall and also because she has been in class with the 4s-turning-5 all year so it had been increasingly strange to say she's 3. JK year is almost over and DD has done well, except when she has a rebellious day where she just decides not to listen, which happens every now and again, to be expected. We tell her nobody's perfect on days like that.<br><br>
She's still into reading and writing, has a lot of sight words and can sound words out, but generally when she sits with a book she would rather just make up a story than really read. She's generally a joy and fun to be around and talk to, but she is not a morning person and so mornings can be rough when her sensory issues go into overdrive and every item of clothing is too tight, itchy, etc. Very trying.<br><br>
The other day we were in traffic and she said "I wish our car could fly, then we wouldn't get stuck in traffic...I wish all the cars could fly...no, not <i>all</i> the cars, because then we'd <i>still</i> be stuck in traffic! Just our car!" I thought that was cute.
 

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Luka is graduating preschool in 2 weeks. Lately he has been acting goofier at school and today told me, "I'm ready to move on." when I told him he only has 2 weeks left. His teacher has mentioned that he seems bored. I'm really glad we got him into K for this fall.<br>
He's really into the computer and has taken to emailing people, googling weird things (or, for instance, typing in "starwars.com" in the address bar), and using facebook chat. The other day he went into my google calendar and put "chukee cheeses" in and then told me, "We're going to Chuck E. Cheese's the day after tomorrow," and told me to check my calendar when I told him we were not!<br>
His spelling really impresses me, the other day he googled "heart transplant" spelled correctly. He also gets sight words like "you" and "what" right. For some reason he insists on spelling love L-U-V-E though even though we've pointed out that it's typically spelled with an O.
 

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Well Tyr is trucking along and absorbing more and more. He loves to ask me to spell words and I remind him to try and sound them out. He generally gets the first letter of every word and together we do the rest of the word.<br><br>
For mother's Day he drew a nice picture for me <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12048537&l=15ee79c7fc&id=826530320" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...c&id=826530320</a><br><br>
He is loving K'Nex....I didn't think much of it until I mentioned to my friend. He loves to try and follow the patterns in the instruction books and can do a few basic designs. My friend's boys are 11 and 6 and she commented that her 6y/o can't do those yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
We have decided we will be homeschooling (at least for junior and senior Kindergarten and take it from there) as he has a cousin in JK and one in G1 and he is closer to end of SK level for many academics rather than JK entrance level (that and a few other reasons). I spoke with DS about this and he seemed quite happy that I would be his teacher and that we would have fun with lessons.
 

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DD (22 months) is really accelerating through toddlerhood.<br><br>
Verbally, she has blown through <i>all</i> milestones I can find up until age 3, but has also said and understood most grammatical things not typically known until age 4 or 5. Her speech has become clearer and clearer. She can tell us what she wants, what she did, how she feels, and <i>argues</i> in complete sentences, with those little words like--almost, too, maybe, all, just, next, if, then, now, and an extensive vocabulary. She used future tense for the first time the other day.<br><br>
She knows her ABCs, numbers, shapes, and colors, which is great, but all of those I chalk up to exposure and interest. But, her verbosity I can only believe is an innate gift.<br><br>
At preschool registration DD really opened up to the director. When I told her that DD was really excited for her birthday in a couple of months, the director piped up excitedly "Oh, well then she will be in the 3s next year, not the 2s." When I told her she would be turning 2, I thought I was going to have to pull out her birth certificate!<br><br>
This month---<br><br>
She brought a folded piece of cardboard and told me it was her laptop and proceeded to type on it.<br><br>
She brought me her plastic car and asked me to turn on the fake headlights.<br><br>
She played out the plot of one of her library books with a wooden fox and three wooden rabbits.<br><br>
She has begun to ask "why?"<br><br>
She is in a "I'm gonna break dis" phase, as well as a "Don't worry Mama, I fix it" phase.<br><br>
She now comes up to me with a book and says, "I want to read [title of book], it's about [short summary]."<br><br>
She saw a stroller that was similar to hers and she turned to me, "'At stroller 'ooks 'ike my stroller."<br>
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She is so funny and sweet. She is a joy. We are constantly getting compliments on her behaviour. We are still waiting for her first tantrum! But she does suffer from emotional meltdowns. She gets her feelings hurt easily, and no other mothers seem to be able to relate to this.<br><br>
ETA: that stoy about the hotdog 'fingers' is priceless! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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DS gets to watch Super Why in the mornings while I shower, clean up, and get all my morning chores done. He always talks back to the TV when they ask questions, but I don't pay much attention. The other day I was in the room and happened to watch him when they put three words on the screen and asked "Which word says __________?" He pointed to the right one. Hmm, thought I, and have made a point of watching him when they do this for the last few days. Uh, yeah. He points to the right one 90% of the time. He certainly knows all his phonics, so I guess he now knows how to ID/isolate the first letter of a word and pick the right one. He isn't reading--I've checked--and DD had tons and tons of these pre-reading skills for years before actually reading, but still, it was neat.<br><br>
DD is almost finished with the 80-some Rainbow Fairy book our library carries. I think she has about 8 left. What blows my mind is that she remembers all their names and attributes and can draw them correctly from memory.
 

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My small girl (18 months) has gone through another "word explosion". I think she is up to at least 150 words and phrases. She can also identify a lot of things verbally (food, animals, body parts, objects, people etc). She pretty much tells me when she wants something. Actually it's because of her talking, I found out she is congested - you can hear it in her little voice! (we've all been sick lately!)<br><br>
And I think she's starting to learn her colors because she can pick out green and white socks.<br><br>
My big girl figured out her daddy's age after I told her how old he was in a picture we were looking at. I didn't ask her, she did that on her own.
 
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