She Can Read Her Name

Today my 34 month old baby girl read her name for the first time.

She woke up realizing that the heart-shaped hanging-decor in her room has her name on it. This has been in her room even before she was born.

The other day I heard her singing “BINGO.” B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! And Bingo was his name-o!

She sang it over and over again.

Because my ears were ringing with B-I-N-G-O and because I know unless I do something I will continue singing it silently when I would be lying in bed that night, I decided to revise it.

Z-O-E! Z-O-E! Z-O-E! And Zoë is her name-o!

I sang it over and over again while she was screaming “Not Zoë Mama!! BINGO!! BINGO!!”

I forgot about it yesterday at work.

This morning, I was awaken by Zoë’s shriek! “MAMA! MAMA! COME!!”

“God, just five more minutes,” I sleepy murmured to myself while I rolled to my side and dug deeper in the blanket.

I lost.

When I opened the door to her bedroom, she was sitting in her bed pointing at the heart-shaped decor hanging in her room.

“Look, Mama! Zoë! Z-O-E! The heart is Zoë!”, she said.

I was so secretly thrilled. I woke up immediately.

“Yes, baby. The heart says Zoë.”

Then she looked around her dim room.

“The ticktock (clock which was a personalized gift for her when she was born) ook is Zoë! And that ook is Zoë! Allemaal (everything) Zoë!”

“Yes Zoë! They all say “Zoë”.

Then she started singing “Z-O-E! Z-O-E! Z-O-E! And Zoë is her name-o!” (In the tune of Bingo).

Then came her Papa inside the room. “Your daughter is singing her name!”

“Haha, I know.”

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