Day by day, Little Man’s vocab is on the rise and it is truly an interesting thing to hear and help grow.
We are a big book family. I have these memories of going to the Library with my Mum when I was little and taking out heaps and heaps of books. And then losing them around the house. And then swearing that I returned them. And then (when I was little) finding them at the bottom of the pile of papers for the fireplace (whew! Close call!).
And more embarrassing memories of being older, having Mum raid my room and taking actual laundry baskets full of books back to our local branch.
Oh god. How embarrassing that was. I might have cried all the way there in the car, ignoring the baskets in the back seat.
M used to read voraciously in bed. Whenever he didn’t know a word, he would shout it down the hall to his parents like so…
“What’s a jockstrap??”
Loud laughter, some snorting and possible tears and no answer.
“Mom?! What’s so funny!! I don’t get it!!”
See? We are big nerds.
Anyways, I repeat words as often as possible, hoping that they will take. Maybe 40 % of the time he repeats what I say and those little words are the sweetest things I have ever heard.
2 nights ago I coaxed him into saying ‘Night Night!” Although it sounded more like “Naa Naat!”
Dogs say either “Ffffffffft” or “Whoooooooo”.
Cats have just started saying “Meemeemmeeeee”
A baby bird says “Beebeebee”.
Lions say “AHHHHHHHHHRR!!”
And Chewie the chihuahua is now called “Zheeeeeweeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!”. He responds. That’s all that matters.
Books are his favorite things to play with right now and I think that is amazing. Awesome. Wonderful.
Each of these little words took a lot of careful and gentle repeating from Mummy.
Our big breakthrough was Saturday. While shopping at Target and walking throught the TV department, V was totally smitten with a cat he saw in a commercial. He pointed and asked, repeatedly, “Issat?! Issat!!!”.
“It’s a cat, honey. A cat says “MeowMeow”. And so we walked and I meowed and we did this all through the store. Mostly absent-mindedly on my part. Although these days, I absent-mindedly make a lot of very random noises while I am shopping with the Little Man.
“Meeemmeemeeemeemeee”, says the cat.