Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Christmas in February

One of the many benefits of working from home is that you can invite your friends and their babies over for nice little lunch-and-play dates.

Today it was the turn of my friend, Mala, and her 11 month-old daughter, Evani. We hadn't seen each other since before Christmas and so we decided to do Christmas in February instead. Well, any time is good for giving prezzies, right?

Evani is learning to talk and is picking up words on-the-fly like crazy (Mala, be careful what you scream-out when Shomeek is pissing you off!) Today we went from her one word "aight" for "light" and progressed to "apple" (which she said about a nano-second after Mala concluded that word would be too hard - Ha! What do you know, Mom?!) and then "oook" and "booo" for "book". Occasionally we even managed to get something that sounded more like "boooooooooookkkkkk". Mostly, it was fascinating to watch how Evani learned the sounds... not by listening, it seemed, but by watching and aping the shape of your mouth as you formed the word. It was really cute because what, more often than not, came out of copying our mouths when we said "boooook", was a sucking, shushing, "ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" sound.

Ya know, 60 minutes at my house and the kid is a linguistic genius!

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"A is for Apple. B is for Book. C is for Calcutta..."
(Ok, she didn't say that last one but that is where she'll be spending her birthday, so maybe she'll be saying it by the time she gets back.)

1 comment:

Mala said...

it was such a blast today. i can't wait to come back and spend some more time with you. evani just loved being around you and learning all those 'difficult' words. :)

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