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the story of an invisible girl
Visiting the Nephew
I'm back from my whirlwind Chicago visit. Someday I shall have to visit for longer than most-of-a-weekend. It was great seeing my bro and his family! My nephew is the most charming and adorable baby I have ever met -- but of course I may be just a bit biased. He is almost 19 months old now, and like I mentioned in my "sneak preview" camera-phone post from Chicago this morning, he is literally exploding with language.

When I last saw him 3 months ago, he had just learned the basics of talking. He had a pretty substantial vocabulary of one-syllable words, his favorite being "truck." Twuck! he would announce, as he pointed at anything with wheels. We would cheerfully correct him when it wasn't a truck. "SUV," we'd tell him. "No, that's a bus. That's your stroller."

Now he still loves vehicles, but he has a much better understanding of what's what. Bus! Truck! Train, choo chooo! Bike! Cycle!, he exclaims, pointing away. (That last one means motorcycle.) He notices things everywhere. Birdie he'll tell you, and you'll look around in search of a bird, only to find a single bird quite far away. If you don't acknowledge what he's telling you ("You're right, there's a bus"), he'll keep saying it until you do.

He also likes to tell you what he is doing. We were at the playground, and he would periodically just start running in circles exclaiming, Running! He has the basic concept of "thank you," and once he even said it (tank woo) to his mother without prompting. It was funny because it was unusual, and she was so busy making his breakfast that she didn't even realize he'd said it until I replied with approving enthusiasm, "You're welcome, Will!"

If you say a word, he'll usually try to repeat it. "He can repeat any word you say," his neighbor told me yesterday. Repeat! he chirped. He has also just started using simple sentences, like "I bring it," or "We go." The whole thing is absolutely amazing to me, watching him develop and learn and grow. I mean, I realize that every child does this, and every one of us did it too....but it's still fascinating having a close up view of the process.

Like any toddler, he is very good at the word "No." The interesting thing is that he doesn't seem to know (or at least to use) the word "Yes"! He says the names of things all the time, and we'll ask followup questions. For example he'll say Juice!, so I will ask, "Do you want some juice?" And I'll get a firm No. But if he does want some when I ask, he'll just say "juice" again. He says "no" all the time, but I've never once heard him say "yes"....kinda strange, that.

Unfortunately, the little guy has a cold right now. This meant he was much more moody and crabby than usual. He did a lot of whining and crying, often mixed right in with being his usual cheerful and charming self. Roller coaster mood swings, I tell ya! We never knew what to expect.

It's hard to blame him though, what with not feeling well and not understanding why. (Heck, when I'm sick I often want to behave exactly the same way.) Every now and then when he was being quiet he would tell one of us, "It hurts." We would ask, "What hurts?", but he wouldn't answer. He'd just go back to playing or fussing. Poor little kid!

Looks like I'm going to be lucky enough to enjoy his cold too. I woke up this morning with a sore throat, and now I'm pretty stuffed up. It's cute though, because he's been sneezing a lot, so people have been saying "bless you" to him a lot. Last night while he was being changed, I sneezed. From his bedroom piped a little voice, "Bwess ooo!"

"He has such long eyelashes," my sister noted. "The girls will love him."
Oh, like the golden blond curls won't be enough?
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ferretsofglory From: ferretsofglory Date: August 8th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like his "WOW" shirt too!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 8th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously? Cool! 'cause I made that for him.

His initials spell WOW.
ferretsofglory From: ferretsofglory Date: August 8th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
well now its gone from like to love! That is too cool!
From: ex_erikvolso370 Date: August 9th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
And if he stands on his head, it'll say "MOM".
nishar From: nishar Date: August 8th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


Aww... your nephew is uber-cute. From that photo and post, you are going to make a great mom one day. Hope that cold doesn't stay with you.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: August 8th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kids are just so cool. I'm a little sad as I realize that I'm reaching the end of my niece/nephew fun... my littlest nephew Josh is 2 1/2, and he's probably the last baby until/unless I have my own. I just love spending time with them, though, it's a totally different kind of experience when you see things through their eyes.

The picture of him on your lap is just too adorable for words. I see a bit of the maternal instinct there too ;-).
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: August 8th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your nephew and mine could be twins! He has loved trucks for the longest time, and he is so polite that we all suspect he is Eddie Haskill in disguise.

Your little guy is cute too!

Hope you both feel better soon!
jkling From: jkling Date: August 8th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, he has the Rennie Eyes! Very cute
polaron From: polaron Date: August 8th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
My first word was "no". According to family legend, my mother asked me if I wanted to take a bath. I said "no".

At least I understood the basics at an early age ::lol::

Also, your nephew seems to have your eye color :)
stillriver From: stillriver Date: August 9th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
He is so adorable with his blond hair and blue eyes! The speed the little kids are developing and learning is amazing. I wish we could keep with the same pace after we grew up.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 11th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
That is so true. Kids are like little sponges for knowledge...it'd be great if I could learn that quickly now.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: August 9th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Children learn words so quickly. When you think they are useless at simple things like walking. Language is serious complex, especially when you think that baby talk just confuses matters.
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