Every mom thinks her baby is a genius…

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

…and here are some of the reasons why I think Anya is as brilliant as her grandma has claimed her to be since birth:

-Anya can identify several parts of her body. Aside from her nose and teeth, she also knows her tongue, feet, toes, head, and belly. She generally tries to say nose, teeth, toes, feet, and belly when pointing to them. To show her tongue, she usually clicks it and then sticks it out. She loves to point to other people’s noses and teeth, and she thinks it’s hysterical to tickle my feet.

-Anya can tell you what a cow, a sheep, a monkey, and a horse say, and she’s putting the finishing touches on her duck and dog impressions. Lex is trying to teach her that a bird says “Tweet tweet.”

-Anya loves to pretend. A favorite game of hers is to “make soup” – she takes the spoon and bowl that go with her toy kitchen, mixes the “soup” with the spoon, and then pretends to eat it. When I ask her to give her baby doll some soup, she puts the spoon right up to its mouth. We had friends over today, and she kept trying to feed them soup, too (quite forcefully, actually). She also loves to hold a phone up to her ear and say “Hello” over and over again. Every now and then she’ll even do this with something phone shaped. That’s some pretty decent symbolic play.

Not too shabby for a not-even-11-1/2-month-old, huh? Maybe all of this is just what babies her age are supposed to do, but I still think it’s incredible that my baby can do these things.  Less than a year ago, all she could do was lie there!

In other exciting news, we’re raising a very polite child – Anya says and signs “Please!” It comes out as “Peeeeeaaaseee.”  She knows she’s supposed to do it when she wants something, and she gives the most wheedling smile I’ve ever seen when she does it. A few times, she’s said it after being told “no,” and it’s very hard not to give in to that. Speaking of “no,” it has become a newly frequent Anya-ism. It usually comes in threes – “No no no!” – and is accompanied by head shaking. I hear it most often when she’s about to do something she’s not supposed to do (such as grab papers off the couch or poke at my earrings), but she’ll also say it when she doesn’t want something (like the banana I wanted her to eat at breakfast this morning).

Also, I think Anya is on her way to standing without holding onto something. I’ve been working on balance with her by only holding one hand when she wants to walk around the room. When she seems steady, I’ll try to let go, and though she won’t stay standing, she’s able to control her body enough to squat down to a sitting position instead of falling. She’s actually had that down for awhile. However, we had playdates at our house yesterday and today, and on both occasions she pulled up on a toy, let go, and stood for about 5 seconds before grabbing it again or sitting down. This is a very sudden gain for her! Before yesterday, she really couldn’t stand at all. She’s got a long way to go before being ready to walk, and I still don’t think she’ll walk before her first birthday, but this is some great progress!

5 Responses to “Every mom thinks her baby is a genius…”

  1. Amnesty Says:

    Um, yeah…she’s a genius! That stuff is mostly NOT typical for a less than one year old! She is one smart cookie!

  2. Laura McIntyre Says:

    Well i would agree with your assesment, she is a little smarty. Her vocab is wonderful

  3. Mommy aka Grammy Says:

    I think I’m bright and I’ve never said and done the motions for “Touchdown” and I’m way older than Anya, so she must be advanced!

    Perhaps she will walk independently ~on~ her first birthday as did her Aunt Abigail.

  4. Papa Ducky Says:

    My little brilliant granddaughter is doing things at an earlier age than she should be expected to. She’s sooooo good!

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