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3V0221.01 Peggy at the Beach: 8/31/78;

The older children have been going down to the beach just about every afternoon, weather permitting. Since they cannot go alone (not good enough swimmers) I accompany them to keep an eye on them. Usually Peggy comes with us. We walk down, Peggy in the stroller and spread out a towel on which to sit. Soon Peggy begins showing interest in the sand. At first, she grasped a fistful and put it in her mouth, necessitating a cleaning and brushing off. Thereafter, she only ran her hands over and through the sand, grasping a fistful occasionally and it a good hand look (?). She has not really tried to eat any more, and I have said “No” whenever she appeared to be on the verge of putting sand in her mouth. Likewise, I have tried to wipe the sand off before she puts fingers in her mouth to suck. She seems to be very interested in the sand, perhaps because it is solid under her, yet the surface is not smooth (unless made so) nor inviolate — she can pick up pieces. This is another instance of her interest in surfaces and what is part thereof, what can or cannot be removed.

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3V0221.02 Peggy Following Gretchen’s Pointing to a Mirror: 8/31/78;

A couple days ago I was upstairs in the hall about 5-6 feet away from the mirror with Peggy in my arms. We faced the mirror, but Peg’s attention was on something (such as her toes) and she did not notice the reflection. I said, “Look Peggy, look at the mirror.” and lifted one arm up to point at it. Peggy’s head moved as her eyes followed my hands, then along the point. Her face lit up in a smile as she saw our reflection.

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3V0221.03 Putting On (8/31/78)

Two days ago, the peg came out of the ring tower and instead of replacing it, I cut a hole through the bottom of the base and inserted the peg from that side. Now the effective bottom of the base is flat and the peg will not rock out of the vertical as Peg tries to mount a ring on it. since the repair, I have watch Peggy play with the toy several times. Thus far, she has not succeeded in mounting a ring on the peg. [She just now missed with the blue ring — crawling at least six inches to the peg, she reached out directly with the ring for the top of the peg.; The peg hit her hand and the ring did not go on. Is she trying to put it on and failing ? Or is she reaching for the peg without considering that her hand is already occupied ?] Several times, Peggy has approached the vertical peg and immediately struck the top with the ring in her hand. I would impute to her a motive of “putting on,” but I can not really tell.

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3V0221.04 Peggy Discovers an Inside (8/31/78)

Just now, we played on the bed after Peggy’s feeding. She crawled up to the headboard — fascinated both because of the wood grain and scroll work. She reached for and pulled a knob on the drawer of an adjacent small table. The drawer came open a few inches ! Peggy raised herself up and discovered (for the first time) an INSIDE. This wooden thing not only came apart with pulling, but also contained restaurant take-out menus, a tire patching kit, and some small pieces of paper, all of which could be moved by her hand’s insertion inside the drawer. Peggy was clearly delighted with the discovery and frustrated that her mouth could not explore what her eyes saw. She did manage to extract one small piece of paper and put it in her mouth. Eventually, her leaning on the drawer to reach inside led to its closing.

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3V0221.05 Rolling Objects (8/31/78)

Down on the floor afterwards, playing with the ring tower, the purple ring escaped her in such a way as to roll across the floor — a good four feet, Peggy was quite surprised (so the look on her face testified). Gretchen tried to toss it back, but the ring landed on its side and rolled around the floor. within a few minutes, I observed Peggy lifting her lady bug ring and throwing it (a distance greater than its diameter) crawling to get it and throwing again. She may also have been trying to throw the rings, but that is less certain. Surely, though, she hit them on the perimeter and made them jump, as she discovered how some weeks ago.

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3V0221.06 Putting People Inside Boats (8/31/78)

Another “inside” oriented play with a boat and two toy men, all both toys. After a morning bath, Peggy has appeared to be trying to put the men into the boat but has not yet succeeded.