Clara has really been making progress on identifying her letters, mostly thanks to the PBS show "Super Why". I have been reading tons of books to her and focusing especially on alphabet books, but the little stinker prefers telling Super Why which "super letters" are on the screen when I let her watch an episode. It is actually a really interactive show for her and she sings along with Alpha-pig whenever he builds an alphabet even though she will NEVER sing along with me, and she practices the sounds the letters make with Princess Pea (who Clara is OBSESSED with and talks about all the time). It is hilarious actually because we were on a walk and passed an "S" stamped in the sidewalk and Clara got all excited and announced "S! Super letter! S!!". She points out "super letters" on cereal boxes, on the computer screen, on signs around town, etc. And I am typing this blog post on my "super-duper um-puter" according to Clara.
Her favorite letters (at least, the ones she always recognizes and tends to zone in on) are Z, W, S, K, A, O, R and H. This morning she had unknowingly nibbled a square of toast into a rough R shape, which she recognized and got really excited about, adamantly holding it up for me and repeating "R! Super Letter, R!" until I figured out what she was explaining. Things like that just boggle my mind - how is she so smart?!
She also has started reading more and more books to herself, and she will always come sit to have a book read to her so we do lots of it.
In other news, today was special because Clara came up to me while I was doing some stuff at the kitchen island, wrapped her arms around my leg, and said "love you mommy" without any prompting or me saying it first for the first time ever. My heart just melted.