Thursday, February 26, 2009
I KNOW she has the capacity to say her name, but she just won't do it. I will ask her to say Norah and she will just ignore me. If I asked her to say "inconsequential", she would give it a shot, but she WON'T say "Norah."
I have heard her playing and covering her face and saying her version of "Where's Norah?", but she never says Norah, she just babbles and uses the intonation I would use. It is really strange.
So, for now, I guess I have to live with it when she sees her photo and shouts, "YOU!" and whenever she sees Dora the Explorer, she doesn't call her Dora, she calls her YOU.
I guess pronouns are tricky little things!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Here is one example: The other day, I went into her room after her nap, and said, "Hi! Did you have a good nap?" Norah said, "Yes". I said, "Did you have pleasant dreams?" She said, "Yes!". I said, "What did you dream about?" (not expecting an answer). She said, very clearly, "Cat-ta-pa-la" (Caterpillars!!!) I laughed, and said, "Oh, that must have been a very fun dream, to dream about caterpillars!"
She also has a sense of observation that I don't always give her enough credit for. The other day, she was looking for daddy, and for some reason I didn't understand what she wanted. So, she tried another route by saying "Dad-dy [cough cough]" You see, James has had a cough for about a week, and she associates coughing with Daddy, now!
She also has a great memory. She was eating lunch the other day, and was staring pointedly at one of the chairs at the dining room table. I asked her what she was looking at and she said, "Joe chair" (Joel's chair). Our friend Joel had recently been over playing board games, and he had been sitting in that chair for the games. Then she pointed at another chair and said "Daddy chair" (where James had been sitting).
Other things she is doing:
She loves to play hide-and-seek. Her favorite thing is to hide in the closets and not come out until we find her.
She loves to watch me cook and see what I am cooking. She always says, "Hot!!!" so that I know she knows not to touch it!
She plays with her baby doll, and really gets into it by dressing her, feeding her, putting her down for naps, putting her in the bouncy seat that Cyrus uses when he is here, reading books with her, etc. It is really fun to see that.
She loves to have tea parties with James and I, and will pour the tea like a little lady.
There is so much more to say, but I am sure I have bored you enough already!
One of James' favorite games is "Indonesia", a trading game. As you can plainly see, it is quite complicated (but he INSISTS it is fun!). He and 3 other played a round lasting 5 HOURS!!!! Not my idea of a fun time. I think my limit is 2.5 hours--then I definitely need a change of scenery, theme, company, etc.
One other game-day participant likened this area of the house to an opium den, since the four players were so involved in this game for so long, barely leaving their seats!
We recently had a game day at our house. We play all sorts of board games, and the fun goes from about noon till midnight. We usually have about 20-30 people show up for at least part of the day.
Here are Joel and I playing Chopsticks Mega Challenge 3000, a really fun game of chopsticks dexterity! He just barely beat me, but it was super-fun (and a bit stressful!) anyway! I was still shaking from the nervous energy and had hand cramps for about half an hour afterwards!!!
Norah loves to sit at the piano. Here she is practicing a particularly challenging piece by Beethoven. Practice makes progress, Norah!
By the way, I saw that saying (practice makes progress) somewhere lately, and I guess it has replaced the old: Practice Makes Perfect.
I guess it is too much pressure (and a bit unrealistic) for kids to think that with a little practice they will be absolutely PERFECT at this or that....we wouldn't want to disillusion anyone...