Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Le Petit joins the table

Yesterday evening my father and stepmother hosted a dinner for us and two of their friends. Pacific northwest dry-smoked salmon, lobster risotto, rack of lamb, mozzarella, basil and the last of this year's garden tomatoes, some excellent Washington wine: it was a true feast. Le Petit raced around the house during the appetizers, stopping at my feet every once in a while to be picked up and join the grown-ups' conversation.

We gave him a taste of the smoked salmon and he was hooked. He reached for the tray with an insistent "aaaahhhh!" as I distractedly held him back.

"I don't know what you want!" I told him and everyone laughed.

"I think it is pretty clear what he wants," my husband corrected, so I gave in and gave le Petit another bite which he gobbled up.

"Must be his northwest genes expressing themselves," commented one of the guests. I had to admit, as annoyed as I was that he kept me from eating any salmon myself, I was pretty proud of him.

Le Petit sat attentively and patiently in his high chair through the first part of dinner, which much impressed my father and stepmother. Unusual for a 15-month-old was their take, and my husband was filled with fatherly pride.

"There's no bigger compliment for a French child," he told me later, "Than being told they know how to stay patiently seated at the table."

Le Petit has a refined palate and excellent table manners. As with so much else, I am wary of giving myself any credit.

6 comments:

Isabelle said...

That's so cute.
When my daughter was 6 months old she made me understand that she wanted to eat the same food that we did by refusing to eat her baby food.
There was no use trying to make her eat something different from what we had in our plates!

Goddess Babe said...

I think it was about that age (maybe later?) that Miss G made it through an almost 3 hour meal at the Melting Pot (fondue restaurant). Gotta say... LOVE getting those dinner table props!

I'm SOOO jealous of the meal, too! If you're going to give serious food envy, then bring it on. Tell me more.

I can't tell you how many times I've surrendered my meal to the child because she liked a new food.

caramama said...

Good for Le Petit! And yeah for you! You deserve some of the credit!

And that dinner sounded fantastic! I wish I was there for that.

z said...

I was just reading the comments on Caramama's blog about languages and wanted to let you know that we are raising our children bilingually also and my son who is 2 had a language delay compared to his peers. He fit the whole "boys talk later than girls" theory but also, he didn't go through that 18-month naming explosion until he was closer to 2 (about 23 months).
I remember reading an AskMoxie post somewhere when he was around 20 months, where she wrote about the 20 words by 20 months for language and I had to stretch those 20 words to include words he had said once in his life and never said again.
My son's comprehension has always been great and even now he is behind his peers in some ways that he is very occasionally using 2/3 word phrases but having studied linguistics I know that in the next year or so he will catch up and in the long run being bilingual is so beneficial.
So a very long comment to reassure you to not be concerned about your son right now. I did have some concerns but I told myself that I would not worry until he was closer to 2.5 (knowing that bilingual children do experience a language delay).

z said...

I was just reading the comments on Caramama's blog about languages and wanted to let you know that we are raising our children bilingually also and my son who is 2 had a language delay compared to his peers. He fit the whole "boys talk later than girls" theory but also, he didn't go through that 18-month naming explosion until he was closer to 2 (about 23 months).
I remember reading an AskMoxie post somewhere when he was around 20 months, where she wrote about the 20 words by 20 months for language and I had to stretch those 20 words to include words he had said once in his life and never said again.
My son's comprehension has always been great and even now he is behind his peers in some ways that he is very occasionally using 2/3 word phrases but having studied linguistics I know that in the next year or so he will catch up and in the long run being bilingual is so beneficial.
So a very long comment to reassure you to not be concerned about your son right now. I did have some concerns but I told myself that I would not worry until he was closer to 2.5 (knowing that bilingual children do experience a language delay).

z said...

okay... so sorry about the double posting and the totally unrelated comment.