25 February 2009

Stall Tactics

On any given day I am amazed by my son. He is developing so rapidly now that I can't even keep up. I'm not sure how many words he says any more. He seems to come up with a new one at least every day. And it's been wonderful to watch him learn sign language. He picks up signs almost as fast as he picks up spoken words. His newest sign: "open."

However, with the ability to communicate comes the ability to manipulate. Not in a bad way, obviously. But Benny has taken to using his communicative tools to stall going to bed. It started with requests for milk AND water before bed. Lately he's been double-fisting when he goes to bed. Tonight he realized that if he asks for food, he actually gets to stay up later and piddle around while he eats. And based on his sly grin, he knows exactly what he's doing.

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