|"Look, I wink!"|
I'm fascinated with how quickly you grow in your grasp of language. Your mind is always active, always learning. I love that you still don't get language perfectly, that we get to enjoy your baby-talk a few months more; like how you sternly tell Daddy 'no pat my back-pack' (meaning your back), or ask me to 'make-a-me a tail?' (referring to a pig-tail in your hair). Most notably is your use of 'you' as your article of choice-- in your mouth, it can mean the, that, a, my, his, or yours, as in 'Hold you hand' or 'Baby needs you Mommy' (translation: the baby needs his mommy). Some cute Eowyn-isms: cop-corm, heart-beep, butt (button), ooh-hah (musica), powin (pouting- which she will demonstrate if you don't understand her), shone (phone). In both languages, you know all your colors, can count to 10 (but almost always skip 3), and have a huge vocabulary for your age. You prefer to speak in English, though you understand Spanish perfectly, and do have select phrases you always say in Spanish (such as 'agua'). I try to exercise my brain and use Spanish, though it's hard to keep up with your growing needs for correction & conversation. :)
You tend to be extremely sociable unless we want you to be, then clam up and try to hide. After many discussions of how you are not allowed to be rude to anyone, I had to smile when you overcompensated by SHOUTING greetings to folks in the store. Despite your fake shyness, you wake up asking to "see amigos?" every morning. You also request Skype or phone calls to family members regularly, and you know who goes with whom.
Eating has been challenging the last 5 weeks, due to sickness. There seems to be a lingering issue with texture-- contrary to your former habit of inhaling as much food as could possibly fit into your mouth, and then some, you spit out anything larger than a pinky-nail and proclaim it "too big." We are constantly reminding you that you have teeth and can use them. I'm sure this will pass. :)
You are still a true girly- girl. Purses, shoes, boots, hair-dos, pretty clothes, babies, food, phones, all fascinate you. You love to talk and remember everyone's name you've ever met. When you see animals, you invariably try to put them into families-- if there are 3 of anything, they are a mommy, a daddy, and a baby. However, you are also a child of the 21st C, and you love iPhones & skype, computer games & movies, and anything with buttons. The zoo & the library are favorite spots, though you don't mind shopping with mommy either. You love books, especially little scrapbooks, or any book sized for your hands actually. A few favorites are 'The Very Hungry Catterpillar,' 'The Very Quiet Cricket,' 'The Red Ripe Strawberry', 'The Napping House,' and 'The Gingerbread Man.' We try to go to the park whenever the weather permits. Just last week it was warm and the leaves were half-off the trees, forming a glorious golden carpet. I taught you how to drag your feet and listen to the swish-swish of autumnal footsteps, and we made pillows in the leaves and laid down to watch the leaves dance down. It was a truly precious moment-- the warmth, the colors, your delight at experiencing your first autumn, your small voice, the pillowy leaves, the chance to just rest and enjoy. I know you won't remember it, so I have treasured it up for both of us.
I love you, Cha-chi.