Decoys

The preference for adult artifacts noted the television remote. Here is a more expansive yet non-comprehensive list:

  • an old DVR remote that doesn’t work
  • an empty deodorant
  • an empty face cream
  • an empty lotion bottle
  • a brush
  • a purse
  • a plastic cup
  • clothes
  • shoes

For each she uses it as it ought. She clearly has studied how we do and wants to do it herself.

This morning, I brushed my teeth in front of her. The idea being to tap into this mimic center. It worked pretty well. She was so busy studying me brushing my teeth she was not at all resistant to hers getting brushed. This might be the avenue to getting her doing it herself.

“Mah baby!”

My baby has a handful of baby dolls. She calls them her baby. They are all over the house. She wakes up asking for her baby. I try to make sure one is near her bed. Throughout the day she carries one like a running back seeking the end zone.

Often it will get left behind. So we get plaintive cries about “mah baby!” My hippocampus has become attuned to tracking them so that I know where my “grandchildren” are at all times for times like these.

Not even a month ago, I could satisfy her with any of them. Lately, it has to be one of the triplets. Likely, soon it will be a specific triplet that I will have to locate.

Toddlers are cats

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  • Both have an insatiable curiosity.
  • Both rail about the indignity of being handled against their will.
  • Both like to knock things off tables.
  • Both give you betrayed looks when you take a photo before letting them out of a predicament.
  • Neither willingly allow you to inspect their face for whatever ended up on it.
  • Pet names.
  • Both look at you confused when you ask why they are making the crying sound.
  • They have the same entertainment. Things that rattle. String toys. Chase the red dot. Kitty TV (a window they can look out).
  • They enjoy the same food. Cheese, veggies, pretzels.
  • They both want to sleep on you.
  • And both want to establish their place above the other in the social pecking order.