Tommy takes a sleeping Granger up to bed.
Finn: I wa na
Me: You wanna nurse?
Finn nods. Vigorously.
I pick him up and cradle him in my arms, and then the stench hits me.
Me: Sweetie, you have a stinky diaper. Let’s change your diaper and then we will nurse.
Finn with concern and maybe a little anger and shaking his head vigorously: Oh, IoWA die chain. I NA!
Me: I know you don’t want a diaper change, but you’re stinky and we need to clean the poop off. First a diaper change then we “na”. Diaper change then “na”. Diaper change THEN “na”.
I’m thinking to myself that I’m trying to teach him sequence of events. Who knows if this is an effective way to teach this to an almost two year old? After the third repeat Finn calms down a bit and relaxes in my arms as I go to get a diaper. I change him, and as I’m finishing up Tommy comes downstairs but forgets to close the baby gate. Finn rushes toward the gate.
Me: Finn, would you close the gate.
He closes it, turns and claps his hands.
Finn: Thank you. Good job.
This is the child that just this week I was telling someone that I knew that he could speak in full sentences, but I couldn’t understand them most of the time. Happy tears!