And it's true.
Clara did things earlier, that as a second-time-around-mom, I realized Charlie never did (blow raspberries, sleep with her mouth closed, etc.)
You realize, in a sad way, sometimes, how much you missed with your first baby, the one who tries so hard for every single word that comes out of his mouth.
She goes to school with me two full days a week and the first thing she learned in her "classroom," was, "No, mine!"
Ken and I stifle a laugh every time she says it, especially when she holds whatever it is she is claiming as her own to her chest, like taking it from her means life or death.
Her teacher was very apologetic.
She explained that there's a little girl who is a bit older who says it a lot and Clara probably picked it up from her. I told her not to apologize, that this is just different for us from Charlie, who at Clara's age had no words. He very well might have been thinking in his head, "No, mine!" but he never vocalized it. It's just something we have to get used to....words...whether we want them or not.
Both Gamma and Maddie Dog are visiting. (Or, "Mad Dog" as Charlie calls her). Here's a little peak into her and Clara's relationship: