Avery turned 3 today! She’s a very social creature. Even after spending an entire day at a friend’s house she still complains if we have to leave. She loves nursery and playgroup. Sometimes she creates her own friends. Even if there are real ones nearby. We were at the store with her friend yesterday and she suddenly got very sad and told me she had left her Abby and Rosita at home. I told her we would see them later and she could play with Stephanie right now and she seemed okay with that.
Abby and Rosita are from Sesame street and they go lots of places with Avery. When we walk to the store Avery has to hold onto the stroller when we cross the street and one day she would only hold on with her pinky. I unclasped her hand to see what she had in it that she didn’t want to drop by holding onto the stroller and there was nothing there and she fussed at me for making her drop Abby’s hand. It’s really funny to watch her talk to them while we’re on walks. “Come on Abby, come on Rosita” she says.
Lately Avery has been into boats. We went on a river cruise on the Danube last week and she’s been talking about it ever since. It was a night cruise so she liked the “dark water.” She’s been drawing boats with people in them and pointing out the dark water all around.
She also likes to make her own songs, stringing her own words and stories up with bits and pieces of songs she knows from movies or iTunes.
Funny things she says:
“My rone” This means “my own” but because I always say “your own” she things that the r at the end of your goes with own. So she thinks it’s “my rone” as in, “I have my rone lunch!”
“mines” Every thing is yours or mines, but usually mines.
“Thatswise” I think it means “That way” as in “You should trade. That way you can each have a toy.” But she uses it ALL the time and it’s a little more general. It’s like a combination of “That way” and “That’s why” if that makes any sense.
Oh yeah, and here’s a funny story from this month. We went to Austria this month to visit a friend. In Austria they speak German, which is not English, and Avery is in this stage where she thinks any language other than English is just people putting sounds together and magically understanding them. So we’re ordering dinner at a restaurant in Austria and our friend and I are doing our best to do it in German. The waiter looks at Ivan and he says something, he looks at our friend Mark and he orders in German, he looks at me and I order in German, pause, random string of sounds from Avery’s corner of the table. She, of course, thinks that she has ordered in German.
She also makes up words for other languages (including sign language). We ask her what butterfly is in Hungarian and she strings a few consonants together and throws a vowel in and she figures she’s speaking Hungarian. Occasionally she’ll ask me what something is in sign language and if I don’t know she moves her arms around in waving motions and informs me that that is the sign for whatever it is she’s asked.