|Someday I'll manage to take a picture of all four cousins smiling and looking at the camera! (Ellie, Carl, Gwyneth, and Griffin in August 2012)|
Watching Ellie gives me a preview of what we might expect as our baby girl transforms into a toddler girl. (And I love, love, love hearing about her language acquisition!)
|This picture was staged--neither girl really likes to play with dolls!|
Now I babysit all four cousins every other Wednesday for two hours, which means that Ellie and I never get that one-on-one "quality time" that Carl and I shared. Therefore, we weren't expecting that she would pick up much French. (Unlike Carl, who produced two- and three-word sentences in French at 18 months.)
Elizabeth: Tatie is bringing Griffin and Gwyneth over this afternoon.
Ellie: Tatie say "bonjour"!
|Ellie prepares to tackle her baby cousine|
Ellie: Tatie say "doucement"! (gently, softly, quietly)
Elizabeth: You're going to Gwyneth's house today.
Ellie: Mommy, sing "tete"! (She wanted to hear the French version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.)
Ellie, while trying to to assemble the pieces of an apple puzzle: Mommy, put 'gether pomme (apple).
Run, run, run as fast as you can
Now, if only I could get all four children to sit still and let me read to them!
(Oh, and I've given up on trying to do mini French classes with them--when they're together, Carl and Griffin want to careen around the house and the yard, wrestle, hide, holler, and throw things, not play with puppets and sing songs in French with a grown-up!)