Manners and Ducks

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly Chloe picks up new words and concepts. During her bedtime bath (in between dancing in the bubbles and patting her tummy) she held out a rubber ducky to me and pronounced “Duck!” with an exaggerated “k” sound at the end. Many of her words stop at the first syllable (butterfly is but, ball is bah, etc), but I suppose duck isn’t that far off from “book” which is another favorite word. Anyway, that made me smile.

I’ve been trying to remember to sign “please” and “thank you” to her as appropriate, and she’s starting to get it. This morning I suggested that if she said please, a neighbor boy might give her back her cup, and she immediately rubbed her chest and said “pease”... then when he didn’t respond, she walked closer and repeated it a couple times. Later on, I was changing her diaper and trying to get her to straighten her legs, and I said please (with the sign) straighten your legs, and she did it! (she also repeated “pease” with the sign, which may have just distracted her from her feet, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt) I love these communication breakthroughs.