Nat has this crazy habit of asking me for something, then, when I've said no, turning to Cole and asking her for the same thing–even though Cole was right there when I said no. Cole keeps saying, "Mama Shannon and I are on the same team!" The other day, she added, "the parent team!" To which, Nat responded, "and Selina and me are the kid team!"
How very true that is. They are, indeed, already ganging up on us–purposefully, I mean. And it's worrying, because they are both shaping up to be scary-smart.
You know, we were aware that Nat was a super-genius. We are in enough awe of that. But now, at 2 and a half, here comes Selina. She is not reading a couple dozen sight words as Nat was doing at her age, but she is speaking in (lispy, baby-talk) grammatically, syntactically correct paragraphs using vocabulary beyond her years (months?).
Also. Selina started sleeping in a real bed a couple of months ago. By real, I mean, the trundle we took from under Nat's twin bed. (They sleep in different rooms, however.) It took her a while to realize that she was free to move about her room, now that the crib was no more. But once she did, she quickly developed this pattern:
We put her to bed a la the usual routine of books and songs and rocking and hugs and kisses etc.
She gets up, turns on her light and reads books in her bed. (She "reads" out loud, from memory, or makes up stories based on the pictures.) Then, after 30-60 minutes, she puts away the books (after a fashion), turns the light back off and goes to bed. Seriously.
Our strategy is to pretend we don't know she's doing this. But the whole time we are listening to her read to herself. It's gut-wrenchingly adorable. Now, Nat might try the same thing, but it's more of a challenge to our lights-out policy, rather than just a pleasant "I will read until I'm ready to sleep" personal routine, like with the guileless Selina.
I say Selina isn't reading like Nat, but of course, she could if she was the elder/only child getting Mama Shannon's games with learning words. On the other hand, Nat loved that game, and I don't think Selina would be as into it.
But she is into letters and words more and more these days. And I think she may end up an early reader too, if only because Nat teaches her (poor neglected second kid). Here's an example:
Selina: (reading aloud to self) "B-R-O-O-M-I"
Nat: "No, Selina, it's a V, not a B, and that's an exclamation point, not an I! See? V-R-O-O-M: 'Vroom!'"
Selina: "B-R-O-O-M: 'broom!'"
Nat: "No, Selina, V, not B!"
Poor Selina, in fact means V, but she has a bit of a speech thing going on. For example, "Mama Shannon, I want to sweep wiff you!"
"You want to sweep with me?"
"No, Mama Shannon, not sweep, sweep!"
I know, I shouldn't tease her. But it was funny.
And don't worry, my ears are open to make sure her speech clears properly as she gets older. It's much clearer now than it used to be and she's still pretty little. But if she seems to need any help, we are, of course, on it.
And that's the adorable children report for the New Year.
More of substance asap, I promise!