Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How a Baby Thinks

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While we were in Washington, we visited Garrison's grandpa who lives on a boat. This was a big moment in Henry's life as he's always been interested in boats but really only seen them in books or parked in yards. I think it kind of blew his mind to realize that you can actually go inside boats and that sometimes, they look like houses. He played with a pile of coins and packets of sugar that he found on "Bomma Mike's" counter there, which seemed to be the highlight of the experience. He kept talking about Bomma Mike's moneys on the boat.

We've been home for a few weeks now and he still talks about that boat and the money he found. The first days back we'd say, "Do you remember when we went on Bomma Mike's boat?" and his eyes would light up and he'd say, "Nnnnn money?! So mutts money?!" Then he would talk about the people jumping into the water at the Polar Bear Jump we had watched right before getting on the boat. As time went by, I could tell he was forgetting bits and pieces of the experience because he'd start saying, "Nnnnn people and moneys?!" Now whenever we mention the boat, or show him pictures, he tells me, "Nnnnn people jump in moneys?!" Like he remembers the events individually but has kind of jumbled them up in his mind.

As Henry starts to talk more, we're really beginning to get a glimpse into how his mind works. It's so fun! I mean, even when he was a newborn I'd look at him and wish so badly that I knew what he was thinking. From what I can tell right now, he has a great short term memory but his long term memory is still developing. It's so interesting! I mean, does he really think back on that trip and see people jumping into money on his great grandpa's boat?
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