Milestones: Talking

Jess McGlynnFebruary 28, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed a real change in Eli’s language abilities.  Yesterday in fact, he said a whole sentence and I understood every word of it!  Ok, so it was “I don’t want to have my dinner” but it was a fully formed sentence nonetheless!  Followed by an announcement this morning of “I lost my train down there!”

I don’t know why but I can’t remember Meg’s language development in as much detail.  It feels like we’ve always had to listen to her she’s always been able to communicate with us but with Eli I think it’s been a much slower process.   We’ve had a couple of months of semi-intelligible words mixed in with a lot of ‘da da ba ba ah ah ah’ and it’s a bit hit and miss as to whether you can work out what he’s really trying to say!

The best part really is his little face and the way it lights up when you’ve understood what he’s saying and answered him correctly.  Although he does have a rather patronising habit of saying “noooooooo” really slowly if you misunderstand him.  I can’t think who he might have learned that from *glances at Meg*

He’s so much cuter when he’s sleeping ;o)

Then there was the day a couple of weeks ago when he counted to ten out of the blue and then copied Meg all the way up to twenty.  I almost fell off my chair!  It was the kind of counting that only a mother would understand as he’s still missing a lot of his ‘hard’ sounds but the correct intonations were all there.

Whilst I’m excited at the prospect that we might be able to talk with him properly in the next couple of months and perhaps avoid a good number of the meltdowns we have because I’ve misinterpreted ‘I want Mater’ for ‘See you later’ I’m not sure that I’m looking forward to having two talking children all day every day.

Meg talks non-stop whenever we go out in the car, whether that’s a 10 minute trip or a 45 minute one and I don’t think my brain can take anymore random observations about the moon hiding, the trees really being purple (we just can’t see it!) and all the other strange little thoughts that she chooses to vocalise (to be honest, I worry about the ones that she doesn’t say…) or like when we went to London last Friday and were stuck in rush hour traffic for an hour and she spent the entire time counting to 100, then going back to 1 and up again.  I swear I developed a twitch in my eye!

The phrase ‘children should be seen and not heard’ certainly does not apply in our household…the children are the only things you hear constantly!!

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