larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
[personal profile] larryhammer
TBD is four years + one month old.

Achievements unlocked this last month: counting before seeking in hide-and-seek, connect-the-dots pictures, a recognizable written A, recognizing own $realname by spelling out the letters, appreciation of fractured fairy tales, and funhouse mirrors. TBD is trying to figure out how rhymes work, and asking us if a given pair of words rhyme, but this is not down solid yet. It is a harder leap than I remember. Also, they've started remembering dreams and reporting details surreal enough ("I dreamed I was a white car") that we believe they were not invented.

Three emotion-related bits:

1. TBD has learned that soldiers fight and kill, and while they are supposed to fight only other soldiers, they also know that people do not always do what they are supposed to. That there is an air base on the edge of town and half the aircraft overhead are fighting planes also became clear at the same time. Nonetheless, a visit to the local Air and Space Museum, which is slanted towards military craft, was greatly enjoyed -- especially the space exploration exhibits.

2. While shopping for a Mother's Day gift, TBD remembered without prompting Janni's one-time comment several weeks before that she likes challenging jigsaw puzzles, and insisted on getting the biggest one we could find: 2000 pieces. That is, on own initiative picked out something they themselves didn't want. They did, in the end, find that many pieces overwhelming, but have been helping gamefully with small, localized subsets. Sometimes. (Sometimes, they do one of their own puzzles next to the big one. Or just whine for attention.)

3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been the bedtime reading nine nights in a row now.

In physical skills, we now all use full-size dinner plates because, gasp, TBD sometimes wants more than one thing on it at a time, even at the risk of them getting mixed. Also, I'm needing less and less to echo statements/questions to make sure I've understood them correctly -- or at least, for pronunciation: when the sentence gets tangled up or has antecedents missing, I still need to try a clear version, to make sure I'm responding to the right thing.

Which of course leads into talking, talking:

"Daddy, you be on a march."
"What's this march about?"
"Is this against planets or supporting them?"
"A march for planets. Got it."

$friend: "When I shoot ice, you get frozen."
TBD: "When I shoot webs, you get stuck."
(playing superheroes)

"Hey Siri, why do some people died?"
(this was TBD's first question for Siri; it was followed up with "Why do some rocket ships have a lot of astronauts?")

"Who is is Lunchbox Squarepants?"

"What are Scooby-Dooby snacks?"
(followed shortly by "What was the earliest dinosaur?")

"What comes before 1?"
(followed two days later by "What comes before 0?" -- and explaining negative numbers is HARD. First try using a number line didn't take -- will try again soon.)

"We are the dentasaurs!"

"I'm a superhero."
"Well it's time for the superhero to go to bed."
"But I have to save the day!"

Needless to say, the superhero had to save another day.


Subject quote from "Show Me," Mint Royale.

Date: 30 May 2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
hildigunnur: (check please)
From: [personal profile] hildigunnur
I can only admire someone who has the inquiring mind to ask what come before 1 and then 0.

Date: 30 May 2017 07:13 pm (UTC)
sovay: (I Claudius)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Also, they've started remembering dreams and reported details surreal enough ("I dreamed I was a white car") that we believe they were not invented.


"Hey Siri, why do some people died?"

So how does Siri handle theodicy?

Date: 30 May 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
By not understanding sentences too far off standard grammatical.

That's a cop-out.

Date: 31 May 2017 02:42 am (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
*starts singing "We are the dentasaurs" to the _Steven Universe_ theme song*

Yeah, we've busted out the number line before, and I have no idea if it clicked.

Date: 31 May 2017 01:25 pm (UTC)
mrissa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrissa
I am utterly charmed by remembering the thing that Janni likes. Good job humaning, tiny human. Better than many much larger humans.

Date: 31 May 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (turnip lantern)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
Alexander and the [etc.] was the most popular book when we read it at story hours, back when I was an assistant in the children's room of my hometown library, during high school summer vacation. The woman I worked with, a college student on her summer vacation, would read it in the **best way**, full of feeling. It's a fun story; I understand why kids love it.

Let's make a picture of a dentasaur :-)

Date: 31 May 2017 06:53 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (definitely definitely)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume

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