Abby’s newest word is “mine”. It is definitely a product of being a second child and having to share all of her possessions since birth. Most children Abby’s age are saying things like ball, dog and car. I believe that she definitely recognizes these things and possibly knows the words for all of them, but currently her response is the same for all “mine”. I’ve read articles on the subject of sharing and most mention the fact that toddlers learn best from example.
When Abby first sees me in the morning, a huge grin breaks across her face and she stands on her tiptoes with her little arms outstretched to me. I scoop her up out of the crib and she wraps her arms around my neck and lays her head on my shoulder. This sweet baby hug lasts until she brushes sleepiness aside and it is the only time during the day when she is still. When others get her up in the morning, she squirms in their arms until she is set free. This moment of cuddling is reserved only for me. It is a cherished moment that is mine, and mine alone. Some things simply aren’t meant to be shared.