It’s been a while. Far too long. In January I started a post explaining how I planned to write at least one post a month in 2014.
Yeah. That didn’t happen. I mean, it’s already
the end of February March!
And now it’s been so long that there is almost too much to say. But I have to grab this moment because I am just overflowing with the amazing changes that the girls are going through and I can’t bear not to document it somewhere.
Christmas was amazing. It was so much fun with two 17 month olds. But it’s since then that the girls have really blossomed.
Since Christmas their language has just exploded. It started with them beginning to use words in other ways than just to name things. They learned opposites like hot and cold, up and down, light and dark. They learned that by calling someone’s name they could summon them or get their attention and Claudia in particular learned that she could denote possession with somebody’s name – pointing at an object and saying, “Immie’s” or “Mummy’s”.
From that she started putting two words together. No longer just “Immie’s”, it became “Immie’s cup”, “Mummy’s tea”, “Claudie’s shoes”. And she understood how to say hello and goodbye to specific people by using their names. She started saying things like “Thank you”, “Excuse me” and “Bless you” in their correct contexts. She started using subjects and verbs and now she can be heard to say pretty much full sentences like the one she uttered this morning in the garden: “Claudie and Immie are swinging.”
Immie isn’t quite putting words together in this way, but her confidence is increasing. Interestingly, when they were learning to walk, Imogen threw herself into it wholeheartedly whilst Claudia hung back and waited until she was really confident she could do it before letting go of the furniture. Conversely with language, Claudia is steaming ahead, acting like a human echo machine and repeating everything she hears, constantly trying to communicate, whilst Imogen has fewer words and uses them more sparingly, but actually has clearer diction. Their vocabulary is massive. I have no idea how big it actually is, but they amaze me every day with the words and concepts they understand.
They recognise and name their toys and know the names of favourite books, even starting to “read”. It is the cutest thing ever to watch them leaf through a book and give some indication of the understanding they have of what happens on each page. Their capacity for memory astounds me.
Claudia likes to narrate everything she sees and does and every word or phrase ends with an exclamation mark. She can sort of count to ten if I say one first. She tends to skip five and seven but loves saying, “Eight, nine, TEN!” Immie can recognise pretty much every colour and enjoys pointing out the colours of everything she sees.
It’s weird being a parent, because on the one hand you know that the steps your child is making are something every single human since the dawn of time has been through, but it is still so fascinating to watch their language and understanding develop and grow. The concepts they can now grasp are incredible and their memories continue to astound me.
Of course this video just doesn’t do justice to the array of things they can say and do now, or how incredible it has been to witness each new skill, but it’s still pretty cute.
As you can see for the video (and may have seen on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook), Claudia broke her arm. She fell off the sofa (Imogen may or may not have been involved) and we had a very long day at A&E, but she was so brave and barely cried at all. Immie was almost more traumatised from being left at home with first a friend, then L, then Grandad, then Grandma as people rallied together to help us out. She definitely missed her twin. The cast should be coming off tomorrow and hopefully that will be our last trip to A&E for a very long time!