Penelope is not using a lot of words yet. She says a few things, maybe a dozen words, so I’m not concerned, but I do think she is not saying as many words as her sisters did at the same age. However, she manages to get her point across quite well using non-verbal communication.
She is the most free with her laughs and smiles of the three, which is nice. The sound of a baby laughing has to be one of the most joyous noises there is, and our house is filled with baby laughter.
With two older sisters, however, she needs to make her wishes and displeasure known. So she screams. The loudest, most high pitched scream possible. She sounds like a dolphin. She screams to tattle or to get my attention when the older girls are hogging it.
She also bites and pushes. She’s really strong and can knock her sisters down, especially Ella. This leads to more screaming.
The biting is becoming a problem. If she feels wronged her first response is to open her mouth as wide as she can and attach herself to the closest body part of the offender. Legs, arms, tummies, backs, and heads are all fair game. She hasn’t broken the skin, yet, but she does leave marks. And then there’s more screaming.
We’re working on scolding her when she bites with a stern “no”. My hope is once her language develops some more, she’ll outgrow the need to be so physical when she’s mad.
Saturday, I saw evidence that she is indeed starting to use her words instead of her teeth to communicate.
She and Ella were playing on the ground with a blanket. Ella was covering her and she was kicking it off. Penny thought it was a great game. Ella was pretending to be a mommy and put her baby to bed. She was not pleased that her baby kept kicking the blanket off. So she covered Penny and then laid on top of her, thereby keeping the blanket on.
Penny was not happy. She started screaming. I told Ella to get off because she was hurting Penny. Ella got off.
Penny got up, walked over to Ella and shoved her. She stood, pointed at Ella, and shouted “Na na na na na na!”* Followed immediately by sticking her tongue out and going, “Ppbbblllttt!”
How do your kids fight? Are they physical or verbal? Any advice on the biting?
*Na is how Penny says no.