P117, Peggy at 27 months (video): toy people; standard objects; stacking cups; in & out; dancing.


3V0825.01 Words and pictures: [Peggy read pictures. Daddy read words.] (4/26/80) Peggy has taken a fancy to an old issue of National Geographic (she looks through it for the “ladies”). she brings it over to my chair, climbs in my lap, and asks (expects, commands) to be read to. Sometimes I ask her to read, …

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3V0824.02 Hide and seek (4/25/80) Miriam and Peggy play “hide and seek” — and Peggy’s imitation is prominent. The place she picks to hide is always where Miriam hid immediately before. Counting has resurfaced as an issue in this context. Peggy hides her head and counts (1, 2, 3, 4…) then runs to find Miriam. …

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3V0824.01 The joke’s on us: [that’s What !] (4/25/80) Upstairs, Peggy called repeatedly: “Mommy…Mommy…Mommy.” A bit annoyed, I called back, “What? What? What?” Peggy instantly replied, “That’s What!”


3V0822.01 Why did it?” (4/23/80) I changed a soggy diaper and dropped it into the diaper pail. Peggy said very seriously, “Why did it ? Why put diaper in there ?” Gretchen


3V0821.01 Varying “why?” : [why to distraction] (4/22/80) Talking to Peggy about something…. She replied “Why not?” [a valid question in the context, and the first time I heard her use it. She has been saying “why” to distraction lately.] Gretchen


3V0820.02 Past form (4/21/80) Peggy very clearly said, ” I wanted grape, like this.” When we discussed my earlier mistake in getting her milk instead of orange juice.


3V0820.01 Pronouns (4/21/80) “I spilled stuff in my dress. It’s juice.”


3V0819.03 “I believe it” (4/20/80) Miriam noted Peggy’s comment about something she had said.


3V0819.02 She-teddy (4/20/80) Gender is not a forward distinction for Peggy yet. She played with her Teddy bear, saying, “Teddy tired…(lays it down)… He’s a good girl.”


3V0819.01 Progressive Verbs (4/20/80) Peggy has used present participles as progressive verb forms in a descriptive mode (as on last page). In two incidents, the context makes clear her richer semantic framework served by those forms. Yesterday I sat on the front stoop. Peggy came up the path and before reaching the stairs said to …

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