We buy nappies by the box in our house because there’s a better chance that we won’t run out at an inopportune moment. The theory is that a bigger box will look empty for a few days before there are no nappies left, so there should be time for me to (a) notice this and (b) do something about it.
This morning, I let Reindeer play with one of the empty nappy cardboard boxes. It is pretty big for him to grapple with but he was really fascinated so I thought I’d let him have a play to see how he coped.
He was totally engrossed with it; lifting it, pushing and pulling it, looking into and through it. On a few occasions as he was manhandling it, I noticed that he’d pull an unusual face. He would close his eyes and screw his features up. It took me a minute to realise that he was bracing himself for the box to land on him because he didn’t feel in control of it.
It impressed me a lot because it was evidence that his thought processes and memory have developed another stage. He’s moved from random actions, e.g., moving his arm (is that my arm?) or patting with his hand (is it hard or soft?), to a thought process along the lines of:
1. I want to grab the box with my hand and lift it really high
2. I can remember lifting my bunny really high but I lost my grip and it dropped on my face
3. I feel like I’m losing my grip on this box
4. It might hit my face and I don’t like how that feels so I’ll brace myself
He has developed enough experience and memory to understand, albeit on a basic level, that actions have consequences. Not only that, but he’s developed a little further into the realms of and I can adapt my actions to deal with it. To me this feels like a very big step, although a step which is less obvious than standing or crawling.
Getting to watch Reindeer develop like this is just fascinating, I can’t believe I ever thought child development was dull!