Toddlers are inquisitive. I have just realized how curious a nearly three-year old can be. Cesca is going through the fascinating, yet sometimes headache-inducing phase of asking questions all the time. And I mean constantly, without pause or rest for us. She has always been a talker, and lately her phrases have turned into full sentences,. Conversing with her is fun. She learns new words and phrases every day and sometimes bewilders us with the things that come out of her mouth. We try to keep straight faces when she is talking, but that’s sometimes difficult especially when she comes running up to us, starts gesticulating with her hands whilst explaining how rectangles have two short sides and two long sides and how circles have no corners and no sides.
She has lately started differentiating between a boy and a girl, and everyone she sees is classified according to their sex. Even her teddies get this treatment.
Lately though, it’s all about questions. She has started questioning everything and everyone. It is a cute phase, but after hours of it at a go, I am usually begging her to hold back on the questions for a while.
“Yes Cesca, tell me”.
“Is papa’ a dentist?”
“Yes he is”.
“Am I a dentist?”
“No, you’re a baby”.
“No mama’! I am a little lady”.
– Pause for a minute…and then
“Am I a girl?”
“Yes you are”.
“No, I’m a little lady”.
“Okay you’re a little lady”
“Are you a girl mama’?
“And papa’ is a boy?”
“Yes he is”.
And this usually goes on for every person she knows.
The most tedious of talks though has to be the one with colours.
“Mama, what colour is the rainforest? Is it blue?”
“No, it’s not blue”.
“Is it red?”
“No, it’s not red”.
“Is it black?”
“No, it’s not black”>
“Is it green? Yes, it’s green! Hurray”
Followed by lots of jumps and giggles. She loves answering her own questions at times.
She now is fascinated with car brands, so her new question is something along the lines of “What car is that?” She’s now memorizing car names, which is cute yet sightly embarrassing when she points at a Kia and shouts “The Kia is very slow”, and then sees a Volkswagen and excitedly says “The Volkswagen goes very very fast!!”
If we meet you and she waves her finger at you and asks you “What’s your name?” and “How old are you”, or “Are you a boy or a girl?” or “What is that?”, please be warned that it’s a phase she’s going through. Don’t feel obliged to divulge any information 🙂
For any mummies out there, I strongly recommend the Brainy Baby episodes which can be viewed on YouTube. Cesca loves them so much so that she now knows them nearly by heart, and half her phrases and questions come straight off these epiosdes! They keep toddlers occupied and give parents an hour’s rest every now and then 😉