Thursday, May 12, 2005

It's all about the Brain Baby

At 14 months, and not quite walking yet, it is easy to say that Mikey didn't follow the path of physical development that has brother did (Mitch started walking at 10 months and running at 11 months). But as I tell parents that the first year is really about physical development, while the second year is all about cognitive growth, and mike is ahead of Mitch on that front. Everyday it seems his vocabulary is growing more and more. He picks up words like a sponge does water. He's learned his brother's favorite wiggles songs - not just some of the words, but that hand motions too. And he is ever so polite, as he always says thank you when you hand him something.

It's amazing to witness the dramatic similarities between the human brain and computers. The brain is essentially a combination of CPU, RAM and Hard Drive all in one. Just like a brand-new computer, each baby starts with an empty hard-drive. This hard drive on its own, is completely useless until we start to load 'programs' into it. Yes, humans come with pre-loaded software - we don't need to remember to breath do we? It's amazing to watch the progress a child makes as we load em' up with instructions - how to talk, how to eat, how to walk and how to play.

Now that he has started talking, I remember all the joys of year two with Mitch, and I look forward to similar experiences with Mike.

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