Margaret is trying to learn to count.
As I mentioned in the last post, she’s not getting very far – to about 3 on a good day – but she counts things over and over and over.
One of the things that she counts a lot are Ellie’s fingers and toes. She calls it “playing with Ellie” and it sometimes gets a little too enthusiastic for parental sanction, but this morning it worked just the way it’s supposed to.
First, Margaret counted her fingers.
And then she counted Ellie’s.
And then she apparently checked Ellie’s pulse. I dunno about that one.
Ellie really seems to love it when Margaret comes by and pays attention to her. She focuses on her and smiles and responds. It’s awfully cute the way they interact, at least when it’s not awful.*
*It’s only awful in that Margaret doesn’t always know how emphatic she can be with Ellie, or which directions elbows are supposed to bend, and so it can be a little hair-raising. But she’s figuring it out.