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Saturday, September 24, 2005  

When M. Small was only a couple of months old -- and hence M. Tiny -- we started playing this game with him called "How Big Is M. Tiny?" In case you're not yet familiar with this soon-to-be Olympic event, the way it works is you say, "How big is M. Tiny?" And then you raise your hands way above your head and go "Sooooo big!"

Well, we didn't actually play it with him so much as play it in front of him. He didn't exactly have the hang of it for quite a while. Although he did get irritated with anybody else in the room who didn't respond properly. He would just stare at any noncompliant guests until they got with the program. It was a spectator thing for him all the way.

Until a few weeks ago, when he realized he can participate. He doesn't actually pronounce "Soooo big!" or indeed anything at all, but wherever he is, if someone asks him, "How big is M. Small?" his little hands go shooting straight up in the air. Cutest thing ever.

So we figured it was time to teach him something new. This time, we invented our own game, one that we call, "Where's Your Nose?" The rules of this one are a little more complicated. You ask M. Small where his nose is, and then wait for him to point to his nose. The extra challenge lies in avoiding the common pitfall of pointing at someone else's nose. Or, when he was first mastering the game, at his mouth.

But this was only a couple of weeks ago. Since then, he's pretty much mastered "Where's Your Nose?" even now that we've added the additional degree of difficulty of not pointing at his nose for him or pointing at our own.

Eight months to learn "How Big Is M. Small?" Two weeks to learn "Where's Your Nose?" Obviously we started with the wrong game.

posted by M. Giant 9:51 PM 7 comments

7 Comments:

I wonder how many other people reading this lifted their arms up into the air, or pointed at their nose...?

No-one?
Just me. Okay then; carry on.

By Blogger alivicwil, at September 25, 2005 at 6:19 AM  

We have a similar game that Baby G's dad taught her: "How much do we love Mommy? THIIIIS MUCH!" I enjoy it, for obvious reasons - I am the mommy. Heh.

By Anonymous Vanessa, at September 26, 2005 at 9:15 AM  

When we were trying to teach Baby C to play "So Big," we would grab her hands and hold them in the air for the "so big!" part. Then one day, I said, "How big is [Baby C]?" and she reached over and grabbed my hands, and lifted them up.

She's very literal.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 26, 2005 at 3:21 PM  

Apparently, it takes children about 14 years to learn the "dad, where's your wallet so I can rob you clean"-game.

B.

By Anonymous Bart, at September 27, 2005 at 4:46 AM  

We're trying to teach our 1 year old "How old is Mo?" We're hoping that she holds up one finger (no, not that one). But she just holds up her arms and says "Oh Biiiig". She'll be 2 in January so I think I'll just start working on "two" with her!

By Anonymous Katie, at September 27, 2005 at 8:36 PM  

I don't have a child version of this since el hubbo and I have no human children but I do have an honest and true cat story. Being pushovers we were persuaded to adopt 3 rescued orphans. Bumrmese, 2 black ( girls) and 1 gray ( boy) . The larger of the 2 black kittens, ( Xena - I know I know) had a habit of hurling herself down on our bed on her side so I began to tease her " Who's my dead kitty?". Sure enough, 7 years later she hears the phrase dead kitty, Boom. Down she goes.

Not as cute as the M Little story but all I got.

Ufda

Frequest listener, first time caller..Minnesota transplant in Texas

By Blogger Boschka, at September 28, 2005 at 3:49 PM  

When you teach him to answer "How old are you?" teach it to him in Spanish. A little Anglo kid saying "uno" or "dos" is beyond adorable.

By Anonymous Elle, at September 29, 2005 at 9:44 AM  

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