We had a first today in our family, one that I actually wondered if we would ever have. It was the first time Tryn understood what Berlin wanted when I didn't.
I had wondered about this. I had heard stories of other families who would talk about the younger child not needing to learn words as fast because the older child would just jump in for them. Or stories of the older child saying, "No, she wants this," which is what happened to me today.
I was on the phone with my sister who called to tell me that I am in fact going to have my first very own niece in a few months! [Sidenote: I am SO excited about this. I mean, I love my three nephews to pieces, but I have never got to have my very own niece before. I am also excited because one of my best friends growing up was my cousin, my mom's sister's daughter. There is potential here.] Anyway. While I was talking to my sister, Berlin came up to me and started getting really frustrated. She kept pulling at her shirt and going, "Eehhh!!" That means, "I am frustrated." Trust me, I know. So I ended my phone conversation and turned to Berlin.
"What, Berlin?" I asked.
"Eehhh!! Eh, eh!!" More shirt tugging and efforts to lift it over her head.
"Berlin, no. You can't take your shirt off. It's to cold to be nakie all the way," mind you all she was already wearing was a t-shirt, diaper, and shoes - after she refused pants after going potty.
"Eeeehhhhh!!!! Eeehhh!!!!" Very mad now. In fact, we were both getting fairly frustrated.
Suddenly - very matter of fact - Tryn pipes up from her place of observation, sitting on the couch with a book in her lap, "Mom, Berlin wants you to put a dress on her."
Sure enough, there sitting right at my side, that I didn't notice in my excited phone conversation, was a big pink princess dress.
Silly me. It happened, Tryn was able to explain Berlin to me when I didn't know what was going on. What does that mean about who is in charge here? ;)