An Evening with a Silly, Precocious Toddler

As promised, here are some videos. You may or may not find them interesting enough to watch all the way through – I do, but of course I’m a classic smitten mommy with no objectivity whatsoever. Feel free to stop, skip, pause, fast forward, whatever.

These clips are from yesterday evening. They demonstrate the kind of silliness that typically goes on after dinner in these parts. It’s ridiculously entertaining for us (besotted parents etc.) in person. Who needs witty dialogue or profound thoughts or intriguing plot lines when you have a toddler??

First, we have some drawing practise. It’s hard to find a good drawing method for a small person with limited fine motor skills. We’re thinking an easel would be easier (easelier).

Next, we have cookie wheedling and the Heart Game with Auntie Em.

Transcription of Heart Game:

“Heart.” (Emi makes heart with hands.)
“I got you!”
“Let go.”

Finally, we have Global Babies, one of his favourite books. This book is a series of photos of adorable multicultural babies from countries all over the world, in traditional outfits. There’s no way he understands the concepts of nationality and cultural dress (at least, I’m pretty sure), but he knows the words we say when we look at these particular babies, and he is an excellent mimic after all those repetitions. I think he thinks these are their names (kinda in the same way he has named his purple plastic bath octopus “Helen”).

There you have it. One activity morphs seamlessly into another. Is it any wonder we rarely do any thing productive?


5 thoughts on “An Evening with a Silly, Precocious Toddler

  1. emerge says:

    e.g. (sorry Di if I’m stealing a blog story!) tonight when Di went to nurse-snack him before bed, he said “other side” (“a-side”) after only a few seconds, so she said “You always say that; why do I even bother?” and E said, as she was switching him to the other side, “Why bother? Why bother? Why bother?” insistently (and with improving pronunciation!) until pacified with milk.

    Then it was time for bed and Sean said something about what they were going to do and then “Do you know why?” and E said “Why?” with exactly right intonation. You’d think he really knows what he’s saying. Maybe he does!

    I also heard him say “turn light on” tonight for the first time, instead of “turndon” as usual. He’s a WHIZ.

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