Friday, September 27, 2013
Although each day Retta seems to be learning and progressing at lightning speed, there is one area she could use a little help in...kitty interactions. I feel bad for our cat, but it is also hilarious to witness the relationship between Wendell and Retta. She desperately loves the cat, and since she can't say "Wendell" she calls him "Towel" instead. So, Towel will just be sleeping away minding his business and doing his cat-thing, when Retta yanks on his tail, or lays on top of him with her full body weight. Luckily he is the world's gentlest, most forgiving cat and most of the time he just lies there and takes it. We keep trying to teach her how to pet the cat softly, but she really goes at him with gusto every time. I also never suspected I would utter the phrase, "Don't rub your cheese on the kitty" ever, let alone multiple times in my life.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Best of all, she's had an explosion of words over the past few months, and can now pretty much copy anything anyone says. Today she spent most of the day roaming around the house saying, "hummus," and "soap." Those were the words of the day, but yesterday it was "mazing" as in amazing...and she thought everything was amazing, especially the contents of my mom's purse. Earlier this summer she would say "special" in this cute quiet whisper that made my heart melt- she would always say it with this wonder in her voice. She also started saying, "Love you!" which is a wonderful thing to hear. Her calling her sister "Ro-Ro" has given way to a full-fledged "Rowan" now and each day I am amazed at how these words get more refined, more precise in their description of what she wants. Suddenly she has the words "broken" and "scratched" and "bossy"...hmm, that last one might be related to a frequent conversation we have with the big sister. The acquisition of language is fascinating. Our favorite Retta-ism right now is that instead of saying "oopsies" when she drops something on the floor she says, "OH-PEE-SEES!" So cute. She is so much fun and I'm so proud of what a kind little compassionate baby-turned-toddler she is.