The last couple of days, I’ve started to sense that Rebecca’s on the cusp of switching from toddlerhood to childhood.
She’s trying more words, attempting new things, learning faster, noticing things.
When I drive, she sits forward now and looks at the buildings going by, she watches the red lights, pays attention when we turn or decelerate or accelerate — compared to before, when she was only interested in things right in front of her. She’s starting to recognize stores from their exterior appearance. A few nights ago, we exited the highway, heading for the turnaround under the bridge. She saw the Panda Express sign across eight lanes of traffic and said “Moo”. (She believes panda bears say “moo”.) Another day, in a shopping center full of stores, I said “Mommy’s going to Payless”, and Rebecca pointed directly at it, saying “Dere?” Today, we passed a city bus, and Rebecca said “buh”, pointing at it. None of her shows feature buses, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned them before. She had to have picked it up from a very quick reference somewhere.
Today, we swam in the morning — just us three for most of an hour. Rebecca showed Mommy what she’d learned the past few times. Then we ate at Bush’s Chicken. Rebecca had a full serving of mac & cheese. After her nap, she carried her booster seat around the house, clipping and unclipping the straps, using it as a stepstool, placing it on chairs, and talking to it and about it. At supper, she ate part of tuna casserole from my plate. Then she played outside for about an hour.