You’re fifteen months old today. Fifteen. A teen-month-ager. And you’re not unlike a teenager in a lot of ways: you’re newly capable, excited by life, immersed in daily discoveries, and more than a little bit hard-headed at times.
You’ve become a little linguist. You enjoy knowing the names of things, whether in English or sign language. You can name things as diverse as your belly button (“bewi-buh”), oatmeal (“ohmaol”), and your pet Roomba (“Boobah”). You’ve also moved on from nouns and verbs to feelings: you can tell me you’re tired now, and your mom has taught you “I love you” in sign, and “please” and “thank you,” too.
You’re so clued in that we’re discovering that we have to be very careful what we talk about. Both of us have become adept at s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g things out. We read in our Karp that we can use this to our advantage, by “gossiping”: praising positive behaviors to another adult rather than directly to you. Apparently, you pay more attention to what I’m saying when I’m talking to Working Mom than when I’m talking directly to you. In fact, Karp suggests that I can gossip with the cat or even some handy inanimate object.
“Hey, stove, don’t you like it when Boobaby tells me what she needs so nicely?”
“Why, yes, Doodaddy, the microwave and I agree!”
At least it gives me someone else to talk to.
We saw a lot of family this month. You’re very engaged, and seem perfectly willing to play with anyone who wants to play, including your seven (count ’em) grandparents but also, amazingly, your rather physical older cousins, even the tweens and teens. Your best friend is 2Â½, so I suppose you’re used to a little rough-and-tumble. Even so, I was amazed at how you grooved with the onslaught of holding, running, picture-taking, tumbling, and dancing the older kids brought on.
We’ve gotten you out to restaurants a few times. Eating is a lustily physical experience for you now. You don’t want to be fed anymore — you want to feed yourself and you love new textures between your fingers: rice cakes, mushrooms, smoked salmon, or a nice barbecue pork sandwich.
You’ve also expanded your animal experience. We got to meet baaaas, adult baaaas, cluck-clucks, nyeeeeighs, and, as always, many new bugs this month, and you seemed to enjoy them all. It’s not so easy to get a city girl like you out to see nature, but you enjoy it with an unmatched intensity. Taking you to the zoo is an uncanny experience: you’ve got just enough language to express yourself in a really beautiful way. When your mom took you there last weekend, you were fascinated by an anteater: your joint spoken-signed word for it was “nose-cat,” which I thought was pretty apt. At the same enclosure, you impressed a peacock sufficiently with your cries of delight that he displayed his feathers for you. (I realize that it’s not entirely complimentary to say that you sound like a peacock, but there you go. Let’s just say that your enthusiasm is… magnificent. And voluminous.)
So, suffice it to say that you’re doing a lot of learning these days, Miss Boo, and we feel honored to be along for the ride!
Much love as always,
Working Mom & Doodaddy