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Apr 7, 2012

Different development milestones

I haven't written much about Charlotte's development, partly because I have been very busy. But also, because I am not sure what to think of her development. She is so much fun - and oh so cute- but she is on a very different path as Daniel. So this is requiring a little bit of adjustment.
For instance, Charlotte started walking much later than Daniel, and it happened after a long anticipation. That said, today in the playground, you wouldn't have noticed she had only been walking for 9 months. She was running everywhere, climbing on structures that were meant for 5-year olds and keeping up really well with Daniel.
In a lot of instances, she just follows along with big brother, and she is already pretty good at interacting with him. She follows Daniel's lead when he wants to draw (a passion these days). I don't remember Daniel's interest in drawing at that age. She seems to be quite decisive in her scribbles for her age.

Language is a different story, though. Yes, she has the drawback of being raised with 3 languages. But Daniel had it too. And he was already saying full sentences by the time he turned 2. Charlotte is a few weeks away from turning 2 and she is just starting to make 2-word sentences. And we have to encourage her a lot to say anything. Whining (and occasionally smiling) is still her main recourse to communicate. She also uses a lot of shortcuts, which part of me thinks is smart, but also wonder if she is just too lazy? For instance, she regularly associates an object with the environment it's used in, so that she de facto only needs to say one word instead of 2. "Jacket" becomes "Outside". "Glasses" becomes "Eyes". Etc... So she doesn't have a lot of unique words yet.

We know she understands everything, and she loves to "sing", albeit with few recognizable lyrics. And we have seen some good progress in the last few weeks. So hopefully, she will pick things up pretty quickly. And in 6 months from now, speaking will be a non-issue the same way the delay in walking is now something from the past. We will be watching, hm, listening...

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Apr 1, 2012

Drawing phase and more Cars 2

As I wrote a few weeks ago, Daniel has been going through a phase of fascination around Cars 2 (going on 3 months now!). And here is the rest of it. He has been watching the movie several time, knows most lines by heart, continues to ask questions to understand every single turn of the story. He is definitely processing it and trying to understand the characters' motivations and feelings. It's very interesting to see how he is trying to dissect it and understand everything.
At the same time, Daniel has been making great progress in drawing. He loves practicing drawing people, trees, animals. He has a whole series of drawings about our family in a garden and all kinds of "accessories". It was a matter of time until he could combine his passion for Cars 2 and his drawing prowess. Here is the result.

Presenting to you:
The Wasabi Scene from Cars 2, with autograph.

If you know the story, you might recognize Mater, taking the tray full of wasabi (at the bottom), the platform with Lightning McQueen and Axelrod and the water fall. At the back is Professor Z. Pretty good, huh? OK, I might be biased, but it's still pretty exciting. Very first drawing with story!
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