I find it amazing, enlightening and sometimes frightening just how much he absorbs from family, friends, other kids, strangers, and of course his parents.
I have to say I am proud of him learning and being able to say “umbrella” Of course, when it is open it instantly becomes a hat. Just as long as he doesn’t do that same thing at 15 we’ll be fine.
He picked up some sort of bug and is running a slight fever and has a runny nose. I knew he was able to say “nose” when he wanted his nose wiped, but he pulled a new one out of the hat today. He walked over to me and said, “Boogers.” Delightful. I did not teach him that word. I have no idea where he learned it. I’m sure this is only the first of many words he will learn that I wish he hadn’t.
On a different note, I am amazed at his acceptance of technology. He can work my IPhone. can retrieve messages from the answering machine using the phone, and knows how to mute and unmute the TV. I have no idea if these are normal behaviors in a 2 yr old, but they seem advanced to me. He also thinks all phones should be able to entertain him with a talking cat, a shapes game, or to give him Elmo videos on demand. His concept of what a phone looks like is completely and totally different from what a kid growing up in my generation would assume was a phone. He picked up Michelle’s nano ipod yesterday and “answered” it. Things like that never occurred to me prior to having a child. Although I still have some, he has probably never seen an album or a cassette tape. A wired phone, that is just silly. If he wants to see Elmo right now, he doesn’t have to wait for Sesame Street to come on tv, just fire up You Tube. When someone holds up a phone in front of their face, he says “CHEESE!” He recognizes that they are probably taking a picture even though he knows it is a phone. He knows that music can and does come from the TV. He’ll point at the TV and say “Moosik”. He will point at the screen that is the radio/climate control etc in the car and say “Elmo”. Fully expecting that since it is a thing that looks like a computer or TV that he should be able to watch Elmo on demand there.
My how times and expectations have changed.