It seems that at the moment both B and I are constantly watching our little boy and saying ‘I’d love to know what’s going through his head’. I bet 99.9% of parents have thought and said this multiple times when their children are young enough not to be talking properly. TM doesn’t say many words yet, certainly not accurately anyway! He is, however, always making plenty of noise and ‘chatting away’.
It would be brilliant to know what he’s trying to tell us. When he’s pointing at pictures of cats and dogs in books and saying ‘dat’ is he trying to say cat? Or is he just asking ‘what’s that?’ I always name whatever he is pointing at and repeat it clearly (which got awkward the other day when I tried to think of what type of bird something was… I gave up and settled on bird!) but I wonder if he just thinks most cartoon animals are cats and dogs and that’s what he’s trying to say?
It’s funny because I know he understands a lot now, and he will follow instructions (if he feels like it); when I ask him where his nose is he points to his nose, he will go and get his shoes when we’re going out, he stands next to the fridge waiting if I ask him if he wants milk and will look for his water cup if I ask where it is. These are all encouraging signs that he’s learning lots and is on the right track. But when he stands there looking at me, raising his eyebrows as if to emphasise his points and gabbling away I just wish I could decipher what he’s saying!
We inherited a bit of a mess in our garden and we’ve started to very slowly sort it out but up the back of the garden there’s still lots of errant paving slabs, general rubble and rocks. Obviously this is toddler heaven so TM is straight up there and starts methodically playing with all the dangerous stuff. When he’s moving sticks and stones from a paving slab into a plant pot and back again I would love to know what’s going through his head – has he got a plan? Is there a reason behind it or is he just exploring? When he pulls all the shoes off the shoe rack is he expecting to find treasure underneath them?!
He will stroke and kiss my baby bump now and I wonder what he thinks he’s doing; I imagine he’s just copying me stroking it and his Daddy making a fuss of it, or that he just thinks he’s being affectionate in general. Either way it is very sweet!
I kind of wish I had taught him baby/toddler sign language – although I think that has an emphasis on things like ‘I’m hungry’, ‘I want a drink’ etc and to be honest I can usually work out what he’s requesting when he needs something, and he’s a very effective pointer. It’s more that I want to know what is happening in his little brain and what he is so animatedly trying to tell us. Obviously he’s not going to suddenly start talking in full sentences anytime soon so we will have to be content with guesswork and body language cues for now!
Does anyone else wish they knew what their little one was thinking?!