Children are sponges. Most are observant learners who love to mimic adult behaviors. In this house, there are always two little eyes recording my every move. Oia can't always repeat what I say but she certainly can repeat my actions. She feels the need to be my constant shadow. Rob calls her "Mini-Mo". She follows, watches, and helps me with whatever I'm doing. Helping is truly what makes her most happy. Although this leaves me with little to no break in my day, I know she is learning just by being with me. I know this because she....
wears my oven mitt when baking in her kitchen.
wipes up her own messes.
carries her folded clothes to her dresser.
puts away dishes.
even puts dishes in the sink.
disciplines the dog, even when he's not doing anything wrong.
sweeps and vacuums.
The other day while I was doing dishes, I turned to look behind me and noticed a couple of things. 1) Oia's cup was sideways on the floor, 2) juice was spilled on the rug and 3) Oia who had retrieved her (broken) Dyson to vacuum up the spill.
I love it. We never take for granted that she is able to comprehend a situation, associate a spill with a device that is used for cleaning, and then have the physical capabilities to do such a "chore', all on her own will. While witnessing many of Oia's behaviors and movements, Rob and I still look to one another and say... "Did you ever imagine her doing this?" We know each others answer. We just shake our heads and smile.
And I'll say it again - we never take these developmentally appropriate behaviors for granted. Ever.