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So far we've been safe in the language department. Tylee has yet to learn any inappropriate words to use at inopportune times. But I know thats coming. It's her ability to comprehend, "speak" with non-verbal communication, and has the memory to go along with all that in order to communitcate with Tj and I that has me floored. I guess I'm not referencing Tylee specifically (although I am about to) but what amazes me is that any 17 month old has the ability to comprehend, reason, repeat actions, memorize, and communicate - both verbally and non-verbally. Tylee wasn't even alive 18 months ago and now she can tell me when she is hot, hungry, tired, and thirsty. The guessing game is over.
Here are a few recent non-verbal milestones:
- Bringing you a sweatshirt when she is cold and trying to take it off when she is hot.
- Walking over to her highchair and saying "Up" when she is hungry.
- Going to her crib and wanting "Up" when she is tired.
- Ask her if she is ready to go and she will start looking for her shoes.
- Warming up her milk (yes, still) and her automatically saying, "Night, Night Dada."
- Tell her its time to change her diaper and she will walk into her room and say "Up" by the changing table.
- She knows at bathtime that we go in the bathroom, start the water, and pour the bubbles. She then takes off full-speed into her room and waits on me by the changing table. Once up on the changing table, her hands go above her head to strip her down and she unfastens her diaper with her own two little hands.
- Brings you her cup (or says Dink-Dink) when she is thirsty.
- Ask her to go get almost anything in her toy totes in her room and she will come back with the correct thing.
("Give the baby a kiss!")
She is on track verbally as well. She can say 20-30 words - some of which amaze me as well. Elephant and Flower being the two that suprise me the most. It seems we are learning about 1 new word each day and boy am I suprised when she just points at something out of the blue and tells me what it is. "Where did you learn that?!?" Oh, the things I'll never know!
Dutch had enough too. The bad news? Both my children at mad at me. The good news? These pictures were shot in 100% manual mode complete with Manual Focusing by yours truly. The only thing I wasn't able to figure out was the yellow tint. Fortunately, I have several photographer friends willing to help me out.
Still on the agenda?
- Homeade Beef and Noodles
- Homeade Rolls (to practice for Thanksgiving since I only make them twice a year)
- Monster Cookies!
- And put away the laundry. (Yuck!)
I despise this hour between arriving home and eating dinner because I feel like the only words that come out of my mouth are, "No, Tylee! No - you cannot play in the oven drawer with rat poisoning in it. No - you cannot play with the wooden spoon and salad bowl that you just found in the cabinet. No - you cannot play with the ceramic dip server sitting right next to it either. Nor the knife that comes with it. No - you cannot cover up Dutch's food bowl because his water sets right next to it and then you get water everywhere. I know you like to clean it up but the floor shouldn't be wet to begin with."
I worry a lot disciplining her and in return, her not liking me. Ridiculous, I know. It breaks my heart to tell her no and make her cry. Logically, I know that she won't hold it against me for more than 5 minutes. But deep down, it hurts.
Tj has always been the more logical one of the two of us. He is way more grounded and reasonable than I. It's a good balance. He has this discipline thing down. I still struggle. I think we are definitely going to be in the "When your Daddy gets home...!" situation when Tylee gets bigger. I am a total pushover. Tj wrestles her and when she gets tired of wrestling and cries, he'll hold her foot so she can't crawl away. She cries harder and he drags her back to tickle her some more. She finally escapes in to Mamas arms and 10 minutes later, she'll go out of her way to crawl up on the couch, leans in, and gives him a kiss.