Monday, April 09, 2007

Ok, so don't laugh but...

Well, after posting last night about Bryn's (obviously not that extraordinary) exhibition of Theory of Mind last night - where he attempted to deceive me by surreptiously hiding a piece of jewellry he'd taken off me and I was asking him to return, something else happened later last night that left me gobsmacked...

Bryn had gone to bed at about midnight (after a three hour nap in the afternoon that left him full of beans most of the evening), and Dave and I went to bed at about 2am - we'd been watching the third episode of The Lord of the Rings (and now I'm thinking if I have a girl next I have to call her Eowyn Dis, rofl)..

So, when I crawled into bed, Bryn was fast asleep. Now, he usually stirs within 10 minutes of me getting into bed (like the typical little boobie monster he is, hehehe), so I lay there just waiting for him to sense my pressence. As I lay there I heard him whisper A CLEAR AS A BELL, "Mum, I want some Meh" (meh is our word for boobie). I was completely gobsmacked! His pronounciation was VERY clear. But then he continued to sleep. About 30 seconds later he mumbled something else that I couldn't understand, was just baby babble. Then about 15 seconds after that he started to stir and came over for meh...

So, what I'm thinking is his subconscious had detected my pressence and he was thinking, Mum, I want some meh, and has formed the words subconsciously, whereas in a conscious state he finds it difficult to form words BECAUSE he is actively trying to - sort of like when you walk a tightrope, if you look at the tightrope you find it more difficult to balance than if you just look straight ahead and left you feet find the rope subconsiously.

We are constantly hearing half formed words come out of his mouth, and we know he KNOWS the right words to use in a situation but is struggling with consciously forming those words...

I was just stunned with the clarity of the whispered words last night, wow!

1 comment:

Amanda O. said...

I love language development... it's so fascinating! I always give babies more credit than most people do because people I know who are Deaf (culturally, not just physiologically) and speak only ASL to their children have seen those children use it not just as individual signs but as language (correct grammar, syntax, expressions etc) much earlier than children are "supposed" to be able to. I'd love to see the area get more study than it does as I think the ability (or lackthereof) to communicate verbally is one of the reasons the people who CC etc are okay with doing so. How many people who justify it, could still do so if the baby could say it was scared, terrified, wanted mom etc. yk?

Teenagers and the failing parent...