2007
12.09

language aquisition

So Thomas has moved up a stage in his speech. Apparently all kids begin speaking with correct grammar as they simply copy adults, but then when they start to think and rationalise the words, they try out words which seem logical but are incorrect like “I see’ed it” “I did bought it”. Well Thomas keeps saying “No! It’s my’s!” where he used to say “it’s mine!”. He also says “me’s” sometimes. And he has been experimenting with “she’s” instead of “hers” and various past tenses. Actually he has been doing this for a few weeks now, but I haven’t got around to reporting it! He often says to me “Daddy and I bought it for you at Tesco’s”. He also spots supermarket logos EVERYWHERE! “You got this at Morrisson’s, I think?” he says. He also showed me up at Tiny Talk by saying “That T-shirt came from Tesco’s!” Thank goodness his obsession with Ikea seems to be waning.

He is also becoming more naughty, or at least sticking to his guns and flagrantly says “NO!” if he doesn’t want to do something you asked him to do. He also threw a tantrum in town the other day, where he transfomed into a small demon in front of my eyes – he completely changed in appearance and everything! Luckily I was so baffled that I was totally calm, and just got him outside into fresh air and talked to him calmly. When it subsided, it was as if nothing had happened!

2007
12.09

Happy hurdles!

Well, some exciting things have happened lately. I’ve met someone at a toddler group who I like and hope to build a friendship with. On Thursday, Thomas was at his bedstemor & bedstefar’s for the night, so David stayed home with Ollie while I went to the pub by myself with a New Scientist, and had a couple of pints. It was total bliss. The pub I have picked is the The Queen’s Head in Uxbridge UB8 1AB which is a perfect “regulars” pub. The bar staff have middle-class accents, and the locals were discussing who did the first heart transplant, and another couple of lads were talking about playing Mahler’s fifth. I think I shall be very happy there, once I’ve become part of the furniture.

Also, for the first time since Ollie was born, 7.5 months ago, we asked my mum and dad to babysit so David & I could go out. It was only the third time David and I have been out together since Thomas was born in 2005! We had a quick pint at the aforementioned pub and then went to see The Golden Compass which is based on the first book of a mind-blowing trilogy by Philip Pullman called “His Dark Materials”. The film was pretty good, especially the Ice-bear, though I feel that we are already too used to clever CGI to be too impressed these days.

Anyway, we had a fantastic time even with the wierdness of being out “on a date” with each other again!