Too Smart

During tonight’s evening ritual with Aiden, we were, as usual, hanging out in his room playing and reading books. We always allow Aiden some naked time (with diaper) before dressing him in his pajamas. He is elated to participate in naked time and rejoices proudly by taking his clothes and shaking them in the air.

Once naked time begins, Aiden will play or want to read books. While he was pulling every book off the bookshelf (his new obsession) I began reciting one of his board books. Having read them so many times this was not difficult, but his reaction surprised us. Aiden first looked over at me to see if I had the book and when he realized I did not he proceeded to look for the book and bring it over to me.

Now, I’m usually the first person to gloat about how smart my obviously brilliant child is, but both of us thought it was a fluke. I tried it two more times, each time making sure the book I recited was not on top of the pile. He carefully turned every book over until he found the correct one and brought it over to me to finish reading. We were stunned!

Apparently we read to him often enough so that he not only recognizes the pictures, but the front covers too! He is just too much. Now if I could just get him to pick up all the books he tears down, that would be amazing!

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Book, Book, Book!

Aiden did the cutest thing yesterday. I carried him up to his room specifically to change his diaper, but before I even put him down he declared, “Book, book, book.” It was very clear to me that not only is he stretching his vocal cords to say actual words, but that he is indeed a 10 month old bookworm. Too cute!

Whenever I place him on the floor he crawls off in some direction to play. However if I pick up one of his books and start reading he will stop in his tracks, crawl over to me and sit still until the very last page. He sits attentively, wants to help turn the pages and will listen to anywhere between 5-10 books. Currently his favorite book is, “But Not the Hippopotamus” and it just cracks him up at the end. He giggles like crazy and then demands, “Again!” Usually that means “read another book”, but with this book it actually means “read it again”. We just love our little bookworm!

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Reading the Signals

Aiden, Matthew and I had such a fun day today. There was no fussing, even when it was nap time. I felt really bad for Matthew’s dad though. When Chris comes home Aiden is so excited to see him, greeting him with smiles while arms are extended wanting to be picked up. When Matthew’s dad came to pick him up, Matthew started to cry, which sent Aiden into a sympathy crying fit as well. I guess it really reminds you of how different each child is with his or her parents.

Aiden did the cutest thing later in the evening. I have been bad about making time for reading books, so while we were playing in his room he crawled over to the bookcase (which is his level), pulled out two books and put them on my lap. I guess that was his way of telling me he misses me reading to him. He is so smart is makes me wonder what he will be like when he’s older. Nevermind, I’ll just stick to enjoying him in the right now.

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