Posts Tagged ‘talking’

Toddler dreams

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

I’m not sure at what age babies/toddlers begin to dream. But I’ve noticed that both of our daughters have begun talking in their sleep from time to time.

The first time that I heard Sam, she was repeating, “Baby doll! Baby doll!” in an anxious voice. The next time, she called out, “Sammy, no!”

Tonight, as I approached Cate’s crib, I noticed that she was repeatedly murmuring, “front loader, front loader,” in a small anxious voice. She was also huddled in a tight ball, presumably cold, since she refused to wear her sleep sack to bed.

I’m not sure what they’re dreaming, exactly, but the tone of it doesn’t sound good. I have spent many years plagued by anxious dreams (back when I slept long enough to dream), and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I sincerely hope the girls get more happy dreams than not.

Postscript: This morning, I told Cate what I heard her say last night, and I asked her if she remembered it. She said, “si!” I asked her what she saw, and she replied definitively, “excavators!”

Sister conversations

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Babies become socially aware at about six weeks (or in our case, 10-11 weeeks), and most babies become especially interested in faces. For a while, Sam and Cate were interested in grown-up faces but didn’t seem to be interested in each other.

Well actually, they occasionally seemed to recognize that the parent across the room was holding someone else (not them) and frown, even as they were being held by the other parent. Jealousy! But they weren’t interested in each other’s faces.

But over the last week or so, we’ve been making a point everyday to give them several minutes to sit face-to-face and interact. When they’re close enough, they now look at each other with interest and seem delighted to talk at each other. Sisters!

Sam and Cate talking at each other

Last night, their new-found interest in each other spawned an unexpected activity. They woke up to nurse just before midnight, and for several minutes through the first let down, they were very focused on the business at hand. But when things slowed down a little, Sam opened her eyes, looked around, and really noticed Cate nursing just opposite her. Her face lit up and she began talking to her sister… with my left boob still in her mouth. It was awkward for both of us, but incredibly cute and good for a laugh.

Samanthaism #1

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Here’s Sam talking despite hiccups at 15 weeks (or 10 weeks past their due-date) two days ago:

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Catherineism #1

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Here’s Cate talking at 12 weeks (or 7 weeks past their due date) on my brother’s birthday:

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