Thursday, January 8, 2009
Day 469 - Miracle Worker
What we are noticing with our kids -- and by that I mean Emma and Andrew and not our newly bought baby goats -- is that just when you think you know their personality and where they are heading, they switch it on you. In the very beginning, we though Emma was going to be the difficult one and Andrew was going to be a breeze. But one day, they switched just like in "The Parent Trap." Emma became very easy to deal with, and Andrew was a handful.
Emma was also the first one to babble, and we thought she was going to be the chatterbox. But now, Andrew has become the babbling brook and Emma has become a lot more quiet. Yet the thing is that Emma seems to comprehend more than Andrew. In the critical reading section of the SAT, Emma scored a 550 and Andrew received a pitiful 150 (Is that even possible?).
Although Emma may not say as much anymore, she seems to understand most everything we say to her. If we ask her where her tongue is, she sticks it out. If we tell her she needs to brush her teeth, she runs to the bathroom door. If we tell her we need to change her diaper, she grabs her poop out of her pants and smears "OK" on the wall. Pretty advanced, huh?
And it's not so much that Andrew doesn't understand, but rather he chooses not to respond. We know he understands most of the same words as Emma, but he either ignores us or answers in a different way. For instance, if we ask him if he is still hungry, instead of doing the sign for "more", he will drop his plate on the floor, throw his sippy cup across the room, slam his hands on his high chair tray, and begin foaming at the mouth.
Although we have not made a complete list of words that Emma understands, here is a partial list: