Well, Ellie has been counting for a long time. She has never been able to associate counting with objects and determining how many are present. That all changed today. Ellie, mommy and I were sitting in the living room and playing with big lego’s and Ellie started counting the number of pieces she was holding. She kept getting it right so Paula started quizzing Ellie and Ellie never messed up. Ellie would have a stack of 5 or so lego’s and pull one off and set it aside and say, “one.” She would then do the same with the next one and say, “two.” It was quite a pleasant surprise to us. P.S. She got all of the way to 6, but that was also the biggest stack we had.
In related news, Ellie got a few Valentine’s Day cards these past few days. Yesterday she grabbed her and Josh’s cards and correctly identified her card and Josh’s. We dismissed it as luck. Today, she did it again with 2 new cards and I mixed them up and she still did it correctly. Paula wrote ‘mommy,’ ‘daddy,’ ‘Ellie,’ and ‘Joshua’ on a piece of paper and Ellie could correctly point to one of the words and identify it…every time. I am not implying that she can read (she can’t – duh), but she is noticing the difference between letters and associating those letters with people in our family. She has been correctly spelling her own name for a while, so I suppose this was the natural next step.
She’s not quite 22 months old.