Thursday, March 13, 2008

On Middle

You decide: Mommy Has Fun With Phonics
Mommy Has No Fun Paying Future Therapy Bills

Middle is our resident sleepwalker. About once a week, he slides out of bed and aimlessly shuffles around, thumb stuck firmly in his mouth. He usually ends up in the bathroom or our bedroom. I always make Hubby tuck him back into bed. Why? Uhh, is it wrong of me to admit that when he's asleep standing up and wandering around, it totally freaks me the f*ck out? Because I seriously worry that he's going to start murmuring "REDRUM" and come after me.

The other day, we were playing the "Guessing Animal" game at the dinner table and Middle nonchalantly mentioned that an octopus has 8 legs. Wha? Where'd he learn that? I was further stunned to realize that he can repeat the entire Pledge of Allegiance. At 3 years old. It just never ceases to amaze me how much my children learn outside of the Trenches. Stuff that neither Hubby nor I can claim responsibility for teaching them. TV (notice how I put that first?), kindergarten, preschool, their friends, their babysitter, etc. are all huDge influences in their lives. It's kind of a startling realization, isn't it?


Deb said...

Yes. I am blown away by the things my 19-month-old can do now that he's spending one morning a week away from me. Clearly, I am an idiot and he would be, too, if I was his only influence.

Elizabeth said...

He's 3 and knows the Pledge? Damn, that's pretty good. I'm impressed. I know some 30yo's that could not do it.

hqm said...

Lulu knows more Spanish from watching Dora then I do from four years in highschool!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

LMAO, at the sleep walking. That would totally creep me out.

And yea, AT goes to preschool 5x a week. We are shocked at the things he knows.

Mr Lady said...

Dude I would SO wigg out at a sleepwalker. It's just CREEPY, yo!

And my last one? Totally bilingual at 2. I have no freaking clue what she's talking about half the time.

I think I may file a suit against Dora. :)

Anonymous said...

I think if I were asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance right now on the spot, I'd have to call him up for reinforcements! And I've got 24 years on him. :)

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Anne B. said...

I so understand about the sleep walking! My husband sleep walks and talks. In fact, the first night that I spent with him, he woke me up at 4 a.m. and said, "Your donations are out in the hall in a bucket."

NICE! It freaks me out. I hope, hope, hope that The Baby doesn't do anything in his sleep, but sleep. One is enough!

Bananas said...

it really is crazy how much kids pick up. Of course all the BAD stuff is from OUTSIDE our home. Because we neeeever say "stupid". Ever. ;)

Candace said...

I know it's so amazing. It makes me feel good on one hand that they are learning what I haven't taught them but also completely guilty that I should be teaching them more. But somebody's got to spend their time blogging so it might as well be me! I mean, their learning anyway from the TV!

Mom of 5 said...

I'm Amazed at what Bubba knows. He learns so much from television, preschool, and my mom. His memory is amazing.

My oldest is the sleepwalker. it's hilarious. He comes in and tells us something that makes NO sense. We tell him to go back to bed, and he does. There has only been one incident of him trying to leave the house. That's why we have it double locked.

I am a sleep talker/hallucinator. I'll have to blog about that someday.

MadMad said...

It took me a second, but that sign cracked me right up - you are too funny. I'm loving this "on" series!


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