I have a funny story and of course it involves Elena. It is a bit crude too (from an adult standpoint) so if you are sensitive to this, just skip reading this post. I told Mike the story last night and it's from a few weeks ago, but dear Mandi occasionally posts "Geofisms"-the world through the eyes of her almost four year old son and her post today reminded me of it. Mandi's son is also an "only" (for now anyway, she's young, so....) anyway I have found that "only's" and people who have had children who are several years apart generally have kids who are a bit more precocious than kids who have one or more sibs around their own age (I said "generally", please don't attack me on this). This could be because they are around adults only a lot more, I never talked baby talk with Elena and find that she uses the words "simultaneously", "prior" and other "grown up" words a lot and uses them in the correct context (yes, sometimes she will ask me "what does that mean?" and then use it after that) and yes, she sounds like me a lot of the times-which secretly makes me giggle. Last night, I asked her to put her socks in the hamper-she snorted and said "I put my shirt in the hamper earlier and you should appreciate that I did that and not what I didn't do"-which my husband answered with "Wow-that sounds like something you would have said to her", which it was. And no, I don't curse in front of her (too often) and yes, I taught her about her anatomy using the correct words. But, now to the funny story.
Elena had on a new pair of jeans she wore the first week of school. Now, Elena is cognisant of everything and these particular jeans had a "whisker fade", which is, for those who don't know, fading done by the crotch area and where the thigh meets the hips, and it looks like cat's whiskers. Anyway, she asked me "why are these jeans new, but yet old looking?" I told her they were "whisker faded" and showed her how it looked like a cat's whiskers. She thought that was cool and went to school. She comes home and I am sitting on the couch and she thrusts her crotch in my face and starts meowing. I am mortified and my mind is racing to figure out "what the hell is she doing and why and where did she learn this?". I ask her "Elena, why are you doing that?"-to which she replies "it's the whisker fading, that's where the cat is" and yes, she did it all day at school that day. I just asked her not to do that anymore, didn't explain why. If you don't get it, email me and I will explain it to ya ;)