It’s amazing how much I can learn when I read something better researched than a blog post. For example, Happiest Toddler on the Block is teaching me why 3B couldn’t eat corn by himself or draw circles until recently, when his wrists became able to rotate. Of course, this might also be why he can now twist some doorknobs enough to open some doors, so there’s a downside to progress.
HTOTB also explains that when he’s three, 3B might begin adding words to sentences, so instead of saying “Hi,” he will say “Good morning.” So I guess it makes sense that he told Mama that his tie-dye looking key resembled his teacher’s shirt by saying, “That key looks like Ms. A’s shirt.” Or that the other day, he asked for a Feist/Jean-Pierre Rampal mashup.
3B differentiates Feist’s two performances, and the other day, when we were in the car, he wanted “Sesame Street Feist,” which we don’t have on the iPod. We told him he could watch what he refers to as “sparkly Feist,” but his second choice was Jean-Pierre Rampal. When we explained that we don’t have the Jean-Pierre Rampal video on the iPod either, 3B asked for a “sparkly Jean-Pierre Rampal.” We told him we’d have to Google that when we got home.
In addition to negotiating, 3B has already started asking those five W questions that HTOTB talks about: who, what, where, when and why. He even remembers the answers. Last night, on the balcony, he looked up at the planes drawing silver contrails through the lavender sky and said, “Those are planes making those marks on the sky.” He added, “They are full of people.” I asked him where the planes were going. “To the airport.”
He’s going to be one of those kids who tries to game the IQ test.
Apparently, he’ll also start using “OK” to negotiate soon, as in, “Let’s stay at the playground, OK?” He’s already started using it on the other end of sentences, as in, “OK, now we are going to play tent with all of your friends.” OK, so maybe negotiating isn’t his long suit. Every family needs a leader; ours has 3B.
Several weeks ago he mastered another essential element of speech: Um. It was shortly after he converted from “Yes” to “Yeah” when he started saying things like, “Um, do you want to play your guitar on the stage? Yes, you want to play your guitar on the stage.” He’s also taken to saying, “You want to go out on the balcony, bub.”
Um. I wonder where he got that from…Mama? Whatever, dude. So long as he doesn’t become a boy who says “ummm bub.”