People around us are noticing too. It's one of those "Oh, I guess I need to watch what I'm saying" moments that all parents have around their children. But honestly, this happened overnight. I think this adds to the hilarity of his awareness, it's almost like he just woke up! His 'a-ha' moment, as Oprah would say, came exactly when he was ready.
It's funny how kids will do things when they're ready, they don't want to be pushed, and they work on their own internal clock. I've been struggling with Sylvia's reading for the past year now, and her school is amazing about teaching thorough comprehension and sight words (knowing better than me that you can't force kids into it). She has been reading bits here and there, but rarely in front of us, and totally in denial about it. "No mom, I can't read that. It's too hard," she'll say to us, knowing full well she can and has read it many times over. But Syl is a perfectionist about certain things, and pronouncing a word incorrectly has been a fear for her. She'd rather not try then try and fail (poor thing).
But again, the lesson of the day, she shows us she does know how to read, and she is full expressing comprehension and proper use of grammar. She read me 4 books last night, enunciating and using proper inflections at all the right places. It's amazing to see how her head works, how the light bulb is on, and why she was frustrated to try. Reading is hard, I can't imagine learning another language (which is what learning to read seems akin to). But I can safely say that not only is she getting it, but she's loving it. I'm so proud of her!