Here and there when Maya gets sick, I try to encourage her to blow her nose. Most of the time she just looks at me with a straight face. I imagine she may be saying, "Hhhmmm, what the heck is mama doing?"
She never has tried to imitate my actions, not once.
Mid November I caught a chest cold and we ended up spending a lot of time at home together. I always feel bad that I'm not getting Maya out with the other kids. Especially now I think she needs the exercise since she is walking. She did pretty well the whole week though. I feel very lucky because she can pretty much entertain herself with the mirror, her toys and music.
One day I found her playing in the front room. The sun was shining down on her through the big window. The room felt like it was glowing and I loved watching her silently entertain herself. First she was playing with her puppets and then she started to empty out the toy bucket. She was going through everything in that box, every single toy came out one at a time. She inspected each item carefully, tested it out and then moved on to the next toy. It was really interesting seeing her train of thought.
|exploring her toy box|
|trying to give the horn a blow|
And when the horn didn't make a sound, Maya decided to make her own tooting noise. "aaaaaahhh" she said. Then she was done and crawled into the box to get the next toy out.
|making her own noise|