Yesterday we saw the magic of playmates. Maeve loves playing with her friend T, who is a year and a half older than her. T is a busy toddler, mentioned previously in this blog - she's the shrieker. Yesterday, Maeve and T got to play while Maeve was truly mobile, for the first time. It was fun to watch.
The best part, besides T working on her sharing skills, was seeing Maeve learn things because T showed her how. This is what Maeve is missing out on being the oldest, she usually has to figure everything out for herself. But yesterday, T paved the way, and Maeve picked it up quick, much more quickly than she would if I showed her how to do something.
I think Maeve watches T closely to pick up new skills; she understands that T is a kid, too, and is therefore an authority on playing and toys, whereas Mom and Dad are clearly amateurs. You can see the look on her face every time DH or I puts something random on our heads, just to entertain Maeve. She looks at you like, "Dude, you look ridiculous. Gimme that" and removes the item from the head. But T clearly knows what she's doing.
It gave me new resolve yesterday, to get Maeve playing with other kids more often. I know it's good for her, I just forget how good. So now I just need more of my local friends to have babies. Ready... go!
|Maeve and T - too busy to look up for the camera.|