Remember when Charlie was almost three and wouldn't talk or communicate much and I realized that he would do anything if we pretended to be animals? After weeks and weeks of Baby Cat asking Mama Cat for food or a drink or to play, Baby Human figured out he could also ask for food or a drink. It was amazing because we could finally drop the infant-stage game of scream-and-guess.
Baby animals are back in a big way. Charlie doesn't want to snuggle, but Baby Animal wants to snuggle. Baby Animal knows that he only snuggles with his Mama Animal.
Charlie: What kind of aminal are you? Mommy: A gorilla. C: I don't want to be a gowiwa. Dey eat dere boogers. I am not hungwee for boogers wight now. What kind of aminal are you? M: A cheetah. C: Dey are not nice aminals. I want to be a nice aminal. What kind of aminal are you? M: A hippo. C: Dey have teef. [chomp, chomp, chomp] Huh. I don't want to be dat. I want to be a bird. What kind of aminal are you? M: A crane. C: Dat is not a bird. It is like a truck. M: There is a bird crane as well. C: Is it gween? M: No. It is white with long skinny legs and some black feathers/ C: I only want to be birds dat are gween. M: Then I am a green jay. C: I cannot be dat. But you can be dat kind of bird and I can be a different kind of bird dat is gween. M: Okay baby parrot. C: Okay mommy gween jay. How do baby pawots get here? M: They come from eggs. C: Where is my nest? M: Right here. C: Otay. You have to sit on me so I will cwack and get bowrn.