|"Nana" (bananas) and "Gack" (milk) are his favorite things|
to have when it's lunch or snack time
He's a happy kid. He has a big smile on his face when he's playing, and when his mommy or daddy come into the room after being away for a bit we're often greeted with a big smile and a big "Dah-dee!!!" or "Mo-meeeee!!!" I recently came home from a short trip to Florida, and he was all smiles and hugs after I'd been gone for a while.
That he is so happy is pretty much the only thing I care about right now. After our challenge with the milk allergy issue, it took him a while to get his feeding and weight where it needed to be, but he always had a smile despite it all. He's a resilient kid if nothing else. I think he got that from his mom.
He has many words and phrases:
- Austin (he pronounces it "Auten")
- Hat (although anything that goes on his head is a hat to him, including food)
- Thank You
- iPod (that isn't a typo)
- Brush (he says that when he wants to brush his teeth)
- Poop (he points to his butt too)
- Oh my!
- Ewwwww (and he makes the crinkle nose face - usually happens at diaper time)
- Button (he points to his belly button)
That's been the most challenging part. He's at an age where he can point to what he wants and, failing that, ask for it. But if we don't know the word, we can't respond to it even though he thinks he's communicating clearly. It has to be frustrating to him, like being in a country where everyone supposedly speaks your language but nobody can understand you.
The books all said you'd pick up on the words they make up and eventually figure them out, and for the most part they're right. On our end it's like learning a new language immersion style. Once we hear it enough times and in enough contexts, it starts to come out and then we have a smack-my-head moment when we realize what he's been saying all along.
|He does love reading his books.|
The babble is sort of fun though. He likes to squat down where our VCR is and babble for a few minutes and our joke is that he's like a salesperson at Best Buy talking about all the latest features, because his tone is so matter-of-fact even if what he's saying is completely unintelligible.
But every new word is kind of a cool moment. I marvel at where he was a year ago, when he was severely underweight and unable to keep food down. He's come so far in the past year and is this little social butterfly who loves life and loves being the center of attention around people, and now that he's got language to go with it that just means he's able to connect more with people around him. I have no idea where he gets that from.