Just another reminder of how much mothers are role models - our babies want to be just like us in so many ways.
The other thing that is scary is how much she understands. A Bible CD was playing the story of the Prodigal Son. As it mentioned the father running to kiss the returning son, Esmé ran up to me and gave me a big kiss! So sweet.
She understands almost everything we tell her to do. My worry is that she understands everything we say to others that is not intended for her ears!
And this self-sufficiency thing is exciting - almost painful - to watch! Esmé has been insisting on feeding herself for a while. Often I would try to feed her and assume she didn't like a particular food, only to realize later that she liked it just fine, as long as she was holding the spoon. Makes for messy mealtimes, but that's all part of mommyhood, I know.
She has occasionally fought getting dressed, making me wonder if it was the texture of the clothing, or if she was hot, etc. It's been getting worse, though. And I finally realized that she's perfectly happy as soon as I give her the clothing and let her try to put it on herself. She actually did get her pants on partway with legs in the right places, and is quite capable of pulling shirts over her head. Though I crack up when she runs around the house with her onesie pulled on upside down and wrapped around her head like a helmet!
Just yesterday I was helping Esmé down the stairs as I usually do, supporting most of her weight while letting her step down. She can handle small steps fine, but has always needed help on the regular-sized steps. This time, she stopped after a few steps, and just smiled at me. I tried to prod her to keep going (got a schedule to keep, after all). Finally, I just let go of her, and she quickly went the next step all by herself, no sitting down or anything. She went the rest of the 18 steps by herself, though I did rescue her on a couple of stumbles.
And she's finally big enough to sit down in her own chair all by herself! She has a camp chair Ouma gave her last Christmas, and it's so cute watching her flop back into it when she wants a sitting break - just kicking back!
We are currently on an airplane (or "uhpane") kick. Just mention the word, and Esmé immediately points up, running for the door to see if there is one outside.
Can't end this without listing a few new words in her vocabulary:
- Sit (accompanied by a pat on the spot next to her)
- Eat (as in "I don't want this food - YOU eat it!")
- Off (as in "Get me OFF this bed now!")
- Nan (for banana)
- Apple (can do this in sign language, too)
It's not just your imagination - along with "open," "close," "up," and "out," she's mastered a lot of command words! My baby is quite capable of one-word sentences . . .