As ever Ben has been really impressing us with his communication skills.
Yesterday morning we were getting dressed and I gave him some new socks to wear, he was excited that they had Spiderman on them and I said I thought Daddy would be envious. I explained that it meant Daddy would want some too. He came downstairs, flashed Daddy his socks and said “Are you envious Daddy?” – Granny was impressed and asked him what envious meant – he explained perfectly clearly “It means Daddy will want some too”. At teatime Ben said to Daddy “I think Miss Tilson and Mrs Gore will be envious when they know Granny has been today” – which showed us he really understood the word.
Today when he was eating a chocolate treat and Chloe had some ice cream he asked her “Are you nervous Chlo?” – we realised he meant envious and reminded him.
Earleir last week Chloe was being a right old pain at tea time and screaming whilst refusing to eat anything. I was saying to her “Oh Chloe you are such fun aren’t you” – Ben was confused and said “She’s not really being fun is she Mum?” So I explained that I was being sarcastic and that meant I was joking and didn’t really mean she was being fun. Once or twice since he has commented that he thinks I’m being sarcastic and is usually right! I made a comment to Dave the other day and he said “Are you being serious” – to which Ben announced, quite rightly, “No Daddy she’s being sarcastic” – really made us giggle!
Ben was explaining to Granny yesterday that Ange is going to be moving house but that “Ange will still let me go to her house. Why would I get a new childminder?” to which I replied “Well indeed, why would we get you a new childminder when you’ve already got the best one!”
Granny asked Ben what a childminder was, and as though the child had swallowed a dictionary he comes out with “A childminder is a person who takes care of you when your parents are at work for the day!”
I am constantly amazed by the boy’s ability and desire to take on and use new words, we couldn’t be more proud of him.