Mummy, What you doing?

I think I have written before about how amazing I find the sudden explosion in knowledge and understanding that Daniel shows. Both her and Emma are demonstrating some early language development at the moment and it’s lovely to watch.

Emma is beginning to talk (mostly copying whatever Daniel is saying!) but she is now able to definitely communicate to us and show us that she understands the things we are saying. If I tell her we are going out she gets her shoes and sits on the step trying to put them on. If I ask her to wait by the door for me she does so. Yesterday she heard me on the phone to her Daddy, and once I ended the call she climbed up onto a box and stood at the window saying Daddy, Daddy. She knew it was time for him to come home from work.

Daniel’s language is developing rapidly. He is at the stage where I can have conversations with him, he can tell me things. His latest thing, which I know is the precursor to the ‘why’ stage is to ask, constantly, ‘Mummy, what you doing?’. It is usually

  • Mummy, what you doing under Emma’s highchair? (cleaning Son)
  • Mummy, what you doing out the back door? (putting the rubbish in the bin chick)
  • Mummy, what you doing with the sweeping brush. (erm…. sweeping up)
  • mummy, what you doing in the shower? (getting a shower!)

It’s endless but I know it is his way of making sense of the everyday things he sees me doing.

He also started to show his understanding of the application of possessive pronouns. He has gone from saying ‘that’s Daniel’s’ to ‘that’s mine’. Or that’s not Daniel’s, it’s yours. An ever so subtle change in his application of language, but am important one.

I find the whole concept of learning language and how and when to use the right words fascinating. It is true to say that small children are just like a sponge, soaking in all the sights, sounds and words that they hear in the day.

Emma is slowly beginning to learn her words and how to make her wishes known and I can’t wait to hear her and Daniel chattering away to each other even more than they do now.



  1. tony
    29th April 2015 / 19:14


  2. 30th April 2015 / 08:48

    I love this! The whole process is fascinating! My son has just turned 4 and is at the stage of working out tenses, following the standard ‘rules’ and therefore getting the word wrong – “I eated my dinner!”

  3. 1st May 2015 / 15:44

    I absolutely love watching the boys pass through the different stages of development. Seb has an amazing vocabulary and comes out with some brilliant one liners and questions.

  4. 7th May 2015 / 20:45

    I am so excited about M learning and developing, especially with her language understanding. This is a brilliant age for them

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