Of course our Little Phoebe lives a life of innocence. She has no need for a gloom-ometer and she is utterly unaware of the war in Ukraine, Trump or Johnson, the stock market or the concept of death. At present this world is a treasure house of interest and delight. Today I held her hand as she looked at ducks on the pond in Endcliffe Park. She was besotted and she even waved at them though they didn't wave back.
A few months ago, I sat her on my knee to watch videos of children's songs on "YouTube". She was enthralled. As her conversation skills remain rudimentary she began to signal that she wanted to watch videos by using the term "Baa-baa!" - presumably after one of her favourites - "Baa Baa Black Sheep" starring Little Tiny.
She will sometimes stand by the study door saying pleadingly, "Baa-baa! Baa-baa!". We have had to learn to limit these sessions as given half a chance she would be glued to the screen for ages.
One of her current favourites is "Wiggly Woo" about a worm that lives at the bottom of the garden. If you have been feeling gloomy, blue, anxious or angry, may I suggest that you play "Wiggly Woo" a few times and sing along.. It will make you feel a whole lot better and perhaps it will even become a favoured ear worm! Rock n Learn!
That's how language acquisition works. I once knew a lot about it. She says Baa Baa, you expand to Baa Baa Black Sheep and in next to no time she's got that. Then you expand it again and in next to no time she's doing guest posts.ReplyDelete
She could already dictate an excellent guest post for "A Yorkshire Memoir". As her agent, I believe I could negotiate a reasonable fee. Topics might include the merits of different baby food brands, how Wiggly Woo brushes his teeth when he has no hands and the names of both farm and zoo animals.Delete
Just wait until Phoebe finds Trotro. You will have an ear worm for life.ReplyDelete
Trotro? I am intrigued.Delete
May I recommend that you google "Got any grapes?" My grands all loved this silliness and it still amuses me.ReplyDelete
Okay. Thanks MM. I will be going there.Delete
We do not give little kids enough credit for what they can do.ReplyDelete
Even before speech, Phoebe has worked out a surprising amount of stuff.Delete
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY a huge favorite with our granddaughter.ReplyDelete
Thanks Debby. I will go there with Phoebe on my knee.Delete
A friend of mine keeps recommending an Australian kids show called "Bluey" so now I have two kids shows to catch up on!ReplyDelete
Little Phoebe obviously knows how to communicate even with a small vocabulary :)
Well thanks. I will hunt down "Bluey" even though we do not want Phoebe talking like an Australian!Delete
Well, I watched it with the subtitles switched on.ReplyDelete
It is probably better with music.
I am sorry. I did not mean to discriminate against those who are hard of hearing or deaf.Delete
That is just too cute! If my twins grand daughters were older I'd suggest my son play this for them, but three weeks is a bit young.ReplyDelete
I am surprised that you have time to comment on blogs when you have two baby cardigans to knit. Crack on River!Delete
I used to sing this to my three children! I'd forgotten all about it.ReplyDelete
Enjoy these precious days with phoebe. Children bring us such joy, don't they.
Yes they do. In a way I feel sorry that Phoebe's babyhood is almost over.Delete
A Wiggly Worm would be a good description of a certain PM. Slippery and likes to wiggle and wriggle out of difficult situations.ReplyDelete
More like a Plump Pig.Delete
I second Ms. Moon's suggestion to google "Got any grapes?" It's really cute!ReplyDelete
Do you mean, "The Duck Song"? Phoebe will be seeing this next week.Delete
Yes! Isn't it adorable?Delete
I remember when my kids watched "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" when they were young. He would look right at me through the camera and say, "I like you just the way you are." And that always made me feel better when I was exhausted from caring for my 5 kids! Of course, now that they are grown - I miss all of the busy, happy times we had when they were little. Enjoy every moment, Neil!ReplyDelete
Gadfrey! I watched the whole thing. I'm not proud of myself.ReplyDelete
Wiggly Woo will just make me feel guilty. I always wind up bisecting a lot of worms when I dig in the garden. Wiggle away from me, Wiggly Woo!ReplyDelete