I think in some ways I am the complete opposite to a lot of mums. Other mums tend to constantly brag about how great their child is and reel off lists of what little Johnny has achieved, that afternoon.
I on the other hand can never quite believe how surprising my daughter can be when it comes to new found abilities. I find myself blinking my eyes in amazement and doing a double take. It takes her doing the same thing a few times before I'll even let myself believe what she has actually achieved. I try and eliminate all external influences – did she just do that because of this, was it a co-incidence simply because that was going on at the same time?
For example, I decided to play a little game with her whilst she was lying on her changing mat recently. I said to her 'where's your head' and she put her little hand to her head. I thought, hang on a minute, I didn't actually expect her to do that. But rather than trumpeting off to anyone who would listen that my daughter understood what I had said to her, and most importantly could distinguish her head from all of her other body parts, I waited and tried it out again later.
'Where's your head?' I asked her whilst we were playing on the living room floor with her toys. Again she put her hand to her head. OK I thought, is there any kind of co-incidence going on here. Perhaps she had already been holding her head before I asked her. If she had that would be cheating, but I knew that hadn't been the case, she'd been busy playing with her building blocks. Perhaps her head had been hurting and she had put her hand up to it, or she had just been stretching her arm. Twice, I reasoned with myself, at exactly the same time as I just happened to say 'where's your head'.
I tried another. 'Where's your mouth?' Tentatively her hand went up to her mouth. Blimey I thought, we're really on to something here. My daughter was now chewing on her finger. Well it was so temptingly near her mouth, why not put it straight in there.
'Where's your eye?' I asked. My daughter's hand went to her ear. Close enough for me. It begins with the same letter. “Where's your head” I say just to confirm. The little hand goes to her head again. Genius. Absolute genius. My daughter is a genius. Did you hear me, GENIUS!