Monday, June 20, 2011

Be Precise...or Hear About It!





Gabrielle is so full of life and personality! We are having so much fun with her. She's growing so fast now and learning so much. She is in the middle of potty training. I guess it's possible that we could be done if I tried to push it, but I really believe in letting my kids lead the process...so she goes in the toilet about 1/2- 3/4 of the time...and when we are leaving the house I stick a pull up on her. She's had a couple of accidents but only a couple... and she'll probably be completely trained in a couple of weeks...with little or no stress for either of us. She also got rid of her pacifier last week which has been hard for her. She loved her paci! It has been somewhat comforting to her to hear that the pacifier fairy took them to give to new born babies...but only somewhat comforting.



What is most interesting/surprising to me about Gabrielle is her language skills..and particularly her precision with language. She wants you to label things with their precise name, not a generic or similar term. When you call something by the wrong name or label, she lets you know! Just a couple of examples... If you call a pull up a "diaper", she corrects you. If you call her "my dear", she tells you emphatically that she is not a deer..she is Gabby. If you call a car a truck, she tells you that is a truck not a car.....and so on. She also knows what she likes to be called...and corrects you if you use the wrong name. Alfredo has begun teasing her by calling her "Coco"...and she's argued strongly with him that her name is "Gabby". I guess she's finally given in and decided to let him call her Coco...but no one else is allowed to. She cracks us up!!