When Ksenia picked Natalia today, "Gigi", her care-giver, was quite excited to say that Natalia can count to five and say the entire alphabet -- if you say each number and letter, i.e. she can repeat. We knew that but not in the sense of such a prolonged enterprise such as this!
Sure enough, Daddy had to try it out!
I was so proud of my 21.5 month old! She did recite the alphabet as I prompted her letter by letter. She had trouble with a few letters -- differentiating between the "b", "c", "d", "e", "g", "p", "t" sounds were tricky but she did very well. She was self-conscious or distracted in other spots and so missed repeating "s" and "w" (though I think it might be a tough one for her at this stage -- double "u": three syllables).
Then came 1-2-3-4-5 and she'd hold up one then two of her hands to show, yes, she had five fingers on each of them!
Later she needed changing before bed. It wasn't a particularly messy one and so, once we'd replaced it, she promptly popped off the couch and picked up the diaper.
Mark: You look like you want to take that somewhere. Do you want to take it to the garbage?
Natalia: (nods and then as if it would explain everything she said slightly uptalked) Mommy?!
Mark: OK, Mommy's busy so let's go to the kitchen and throw that out. Bring it with you...
Natalia dutifully follows carrying her used diaper. Mark opens up the garbage lid and Natalia races over and dunks the diaper in and laughs!
Natalia: All done!