Monday, December 17, 2012

The Wonder Weeks

Have you often wondered what's going on inside that tiny head of your baby? I know I have (especially when NOTHING seems to please her!) That's why I've visited the Wonder Weeks website often since Claire was born. I'm fascinated by the authors' contention that babies reach mental milestones at predictable ages that change the way they perceive the world. Who wouldn't want such a wonderful window into the world of babies? After all, babies do a lot of communicating, but what they are actually saying  often remains a big mystery.

The book's authors outline 10 stages of a baby's development called mental leaps. Each stage is often proceeded by a period of fussiness, as a baby learns to process her world in a new way.  At eight weeks, they contend that a baby starts to understand simple patterns such as "the way light displays shadows on the wall", or at 46 weeks, a baby begins to understand that there's an order in which things are done to reach a goal.
My daughter, Claire, is just past the 75 week milestone, a time when the authors suggest that toddlers begin to recognize they're part of a family, distinct from others.

This mental leap is clearly evident at our house. Claire is obsessed with family right now. She will point at us, back and forth, "mama, papa, mama, papa", over and over. Her friend Archie and his mother Elaine are referred to as the one-word contraction, "ArchiElaine". Of course, as with anything toddler, she tends to overgeneralize. She points to all kinds of images throughout the day, and calls them mama.

She calls me some things that are sweet.  Some of the things named "mama" truly make me wonder. I don't wonder what week it is, but, rather, what planet my daughter is from. Here's a sampling of the random things she has called "mama" from the last few days:

Adorable Mama:

super simple learning


Classical Mama:

greek yogurt


Holy Mother of God Mama (my personal favorite):

jesus and mary


Sex Change Mama (huh?):

labeled body


"Really? Should I be insulted? What's she thinking?" Mama

sandra boynton

(On second thought, I am rather frazzled. Maybe, my daughter -- and the Wonder Weeks-- is on to something.)

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46 comments:

  1. Hahaha...that's funny. I haven't heard of this. I'll have to check it out!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Yeah, I ran across it by accident. The book is actually out of print.

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  2. Never heard of that site. It seems cool. Is it going to make me paranoid, though?

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    1. HA! I totally relate to that one. Well...some of the milestones seem really evident, some seem crazy, some are very abstract and hard to even really wrap your head around. So it's a mix -- take it or leave it.There's also a part that explains when and why your child may be cranky at a particular time. Again, sometimes it fits. Overall, I feel like the site has helped me understand my daughter better, and respond to her with more empathy because I do. It can be hard to understand what's going through tiny heads, and I find any insight helpful!

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  3. Ha! This is so cute. I would take it as a compliment that she thinks of you as such a diverse mom--sounds like you have so many fun personalities ;)

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    1. I would NOT be caught dead in those swim trunks! :)

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  5. Hahahaa...too cute! My personal favorite...the adorable mom. ;-) Have a great evening!

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    1. That's such an awesome video! We all love it, not just Claire.

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  6. Hmmm... my daughter is four and has to put everything in to families. If there are several toilet paper rolls laying near each other then they are a family. The other day she lined up some of the different spray bottles in the bathroom and pointed out each one and their role in the family, the daddy, the mommy, and so on. I hope she stays out of my maxipads, I really have no desire to know about that "family".

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    1. Love the imagination. I think I know where she gets it from! :)

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  7. Ha ha that's funny. Izzy has a dr suess book with rinker finker finks in it and each one is mummy daddy summer and her. Look nothing like us!!

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    1. You guys should all start talking in Dr. Seuss rhyme!

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  8. Stopping by from the Unorganized Chaos blog hop. The book is out of print but...there's an app for that! It's pretty good, just plug in baby's birthdate and it will alert you when he/she is "leaping", I have friends who swear by it, but I was more of a Babywise kind of mom.

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    1. Yes, I tried to get the book. No such luck!

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  9. Claire is at one of those developmental ages that I love!!! It is so cool to see how fast they start processing stuff now and to see their little personalities emerge. Enjoy it!! Hey--just wanted to let you know that I FINALLY completed the blog post that you tagged me in if you want to check out the 5 wishes thing. I added your link to it, too. Thanks again of including me!!!

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    1. I am loving this age. Each one seems to get better, though!

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  10. Hi Rachel, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  11. Very funny post Rachel!

    I hope you're having a great week my dear!
    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! We are hosting a great giveaway too which is a wonderful opportunity to give some extra exposure to you lovely blog. Come and link up, enter the giveaway and celebrate the coming weekend with us!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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  12. Maybe she refers to things she likes as Mama? One can hope.

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  13. ha..funny she knows more than you think!!!
    fun post.

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  14. Haha! I LOVE the wonder weeks - I have the book and whenever my son is going through a difficult phase, open it up and what do you know - it's usually a wonder week. Happy to be your newest follower from the everyday harvest blog hop!

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    1. I'm jealous that you have the book. It's out of print!

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  15. Hahaha at the sex-change Mama - that is way too cute!!
    Merry Christmas! x

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  16. Hahahaha, I love this!

    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Haha! That's a whole bunch of different roles you play there. Especially the sex change Mama! The Wonder Weeks website sounds interesting, will have to check it out.
    Thanks for linking up with FYBF. Please don't forget to add the FYBF button. Cheers!

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    1. Everyone seems to like that one! It is an interesting site.

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  18. Ha ha!! Hmm, I think I walk out of bed like that in the last picture and don't tend to look like myself til after coffee. Too too cute!

    Stopping by from the Weekend Showcase!

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    1. Me too! Maybe that's where my daughter got it from!

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  19. Hee hee...that one made me smile. My 14 month old is fond of overgeneralizing "mama" as well...perhaps I better start keeping track of what other goodies she uses this label on- great idea!

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    1. I'm sure she'll give you some good ones! They just keep coming around here!

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  20. Great blog blog very interesting. Visiting you from Aloha Friday Blog.

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  21. You have such a cute blog! I found you on the blog hop.

    Newest follower,
    Katrina
    kateemari3.blogspot.com

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    enter my amazing giveaway! please :)

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  22. i've never heard of this but i guess it makes sense - its crazy that it is that similar for every child though (although not as crazy as the things she is now calling mama :) found your cute blog from the hop and excited to be your newest follower!
    merry christmas,
    -elisabeth

    lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com

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  23. Haha-that is hysterical! Love the sex change mama! Love it!!!

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    1. Everyone seems to like that one. As I said above, I wouldn't be caught dead in those shorts!

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  24. Toddlers are cute but frazzled mama probably fits best.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  25. Haha! I don't know this website but looks quite interesting! Best wishes for the New Year!

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    1. I continue to find it interesting. Happy New Year!

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