My son has developed a memory. At 2.5 he’s at that developmental stage where things are changing rather quickly in that little brain of his with huge advancements in everything from his language, to his reasoning, to his memory.
Well, I’m sure he’s always had a memory, but now he has the ability to recollect memories, for better or for worse. lol And it isn’t just a short term memory, but a memory that lasts during his nap, and now even overnight.
It used to be that when I picked the kids up from their dayhome I could say things like, “You can have a cookie when you get home,” in order to calm my son down. 2 minutes later he would have completely forgotten what I had said as he was distracted by the next shiny thing in his life. No so anymore.
I picked them up the other day and in the course of our conversation I mentioned that we were going to have soup for supper. It had just come to mind, I thought it would make a good supper, so I said it out loud. Fast forward and hour and the kids are at home and playing and I’m making supper from leftovers (roast beef and potatoes).
Bean comes into the kitchen to eat and as he’s sitting down he starts asking for soup. At first I’m completely confused wondering why he is asking for soup, but then it hits me.
And this isn’t the only time this has happened and it seems to be occuring with increasing frequency. Now I am learning that I can’t just say things anymore and it is amazing how often he catches me off guard; he picks up on the smallest things. It used to be I just had to becareful with how I acted because he would quickly pick up on my behaviours and actions, so now I have to remind myself to watch what I say as well.
One thing I really like about his new recollection ability is that we can have conversations. I can ask him what he did during the day, what toys he played with, who he played with, and he can tell me. I can ask him what he had for lunch, if it was yummy, and he can remember and tell me. It is pretty amazing and so neat to see him grow and develop on a cognitive level.
My children never cease to amaze me. There are so many things going on in their little toddler brains that makes them an endless source of interest, amazement, and frustration. This whole being a parent business really is pretty much the coolest thing in the entire world.