Babies

Sitting in the Back Seat Calling Things Out

I have a new skill. It’s called ‘identifying things.’ I sit in the back seat, snugly buckled into my car seat, holding on to Augie Dogie, and I identify things as they go past. I call them out, like this:

red light
green light
jeep truck
octagon
bicycle

I can tell you that I am driving around in a silver Prius, but it comes out more like silverpriuscar.

dump truck
jeep truck
motorcycle
trees

When I get home I expect a snack, and I like to turn on all the lights, every one I can reach, because I can reach them now. I will cry hard if you tell me not to turn on the lights, even if you explain that it’s a waste of energy, that it gets hot when all the lights are on, or any other reason. I want those lights on, get it? All of them. All the lights go ON, dad. (In case my father is reading this.)

grass
crane
dog
flowers

When I walk down the stairs to go out of our apartment there is a large window. Originally, when I first saw it, I called out ‘octagon!’ But I was mistaken. It is a hexagon. I don’t make that mistake any more.

hexagon

I have started reading my stories back to my parents. Goodnight moon. The light is on. The old lady is whispering hush. Gus plants a seed. Clifford has a field day. I ask for books by name. I know the names of shapes, not just hexagons and windows.

circle
oval
rectangle

I have started telling the cat what to do. Because I can.

Kitty, no!
Off the couch!

It doesn’t matter if he is really doing anything. He appears to listen to me even when he is not on the couch.

Bopie
Christopher
Colin
Timmy
Unclepeter
Unclecritter
Nancy
Janice
Granddaddy

I know other names too, people I met after I flew on the airplane. But most of all I think I like calling out names of things when we drive. We listen to music, too, and I know what kind.

jazzmusic
classicalmusic

I know things in books and also colors.

blimp
fire engine
steamroller

red light
green light
yellow light
purple
orange
blue

Check back soon. I will know even more words. You can read me a story and I will tell you a story. But you have to sit still. Don’t spill any almond milk on me.