Nadia, Pooh & Piglet

24 Jan 2008

This afternoon, I spent about 30 minutes playing with Nadia in her room. At one point, I had her favorite nap-time blanket laid out. She could see the “patch” in the corner of it that has a small picture of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet on it. She was fingering it, so I said, “This is Winnie the Pooh and this is Piglet,” several times while pointing to them myself. Within a few seconds she pointed at Piglet, so I said, “That’s Piglet. Can you point to Winnie the Pooh.” She immediately did so, then looked up at me with a big smile while still holding her finger on Pooh.

About ten minutes later, I was recounting this story to Charlotte, who had since entered the room. When Nadia hear me say, “Winnie the Pooh and Piglet,” she looked up, came straight over and pointed to Piglet, then when I asked her if she could point to Pooh, she did. Charlotte was quite impressed.

Nadia Drops a Hint

23 Jan 2008

Tonight, Nadia and I had “sent” Charlotte off to the Temple and the grocery store, so we were the only ones at home. We mostly played together and only watched TV for about an hour; two VeggieTales DVDs.

During the shows, I paused the DVD player and went into the kitchen. Nadia followed and poked around the kitchen for a couple of minutes before leaving for the living room. A moment later, she returned with the remote control for the DVD player, which she held up to me. After I accepted it, she lead as I went back into the living room where I un-paused the show for her. A song started about 5 seconds later and she was dancing happily as I returned to the kitchen to finish what I had been doing.

Subtle, isn’t she?

The remote control was in a place where she would of had to climb up on the couch, then back down to retrieve and deliver it. So it was no small feat for her. She had climbed up and tried to get down from the couch a few times earlier today, falling a couple of times (I caught her, she never got hurt, though she did scare herself). I had “helped” her to turn backwards and scoot her legs over the edge first to learn to safely descend from the couch, which she started doing on her own during the evening when we were alone.

When I told Charlotte this story after Nadia was in bed for the night, she couldn’t stop smiling. It’s amazing how many things she’s putting together so quickly. We have one very smart little girl, here.

Nadia’s First Pretend

20 Jan 2008

Today, Nadia went into the kitchen, opened her drawer and pulled out a plastic cup and a plastic spoon. Then, she walked back to me into the living room, holding the cup under her left arm with the spoon in her right hand. She was stirring the imaginary contents of the cup with the spoon. When she found me, she walked right over, smiled up at me and offered a taste of whatever it was she was making.

Charlotte was in the kitchen preparing a meal at the time. I suppose that Nadia decided she wanted to cook, too. This is the first time that either Charlotte or I know of Nadia pretending.

Nadia is just so much fun.