As he stood in the living room clearly looking around for something, I said, "You left Henry in the kitchen," (his favorite, for now, train), he walked right into the kitchen, picked Henry up from the spot he was left in front of the stove and happily went about his play.
If asked, "Would you like to eat?" he walks over to his highchair pointing and gesturing.
Ask "Do you need a new diaper?" and he goes to stand by his bedroom door, waiting for us to catch up and take him to the changing table.
----------------------------Brain as sponge doesn't quite seem to cover how fast he is mimicking, catching on, learning and understanding. As a first time mom, I often wonder if I am doing enough to nurture his learning. As the first and, for now, only child he plays independently quite a bit. I have no idea how much is too much. Is there a limit? We read books, play trains, blocks, kitchen and I narrate a good portion of the day in English and (my limited) Greek. But, am I actually supporting his development the way I should and how does one even know?
Outside of play dates, running into other kids at the park and the one day a week that he spends with his Nanny and her daughter, he doesn't have structured socialization time. I'm looking at options for toddler classes, thinking that now might be a good time to get him used to being around groups of other children his age. But, which to choose...a gym class to get out some of his ever-present energy? A parent/child music class for more of a mellow experience? *sigh*
He is bright, sweet and funny and I want to give him every opportunity to reach his full potential, whatever that may mean for him. So, any tips would be welcome...
First time mom also = over-thinking and second-guessing. A lot. Clearly.