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Monday, December 18, 2006


When does it kick in? It's so amazing to watch. One day, The Toddler is grunting, pointing and getting frustrated, and the next, the words begin to flow.

Over the past few weeks, the transition has started in earnest. What does a sheep say? Baa, baa. A horse? Neighhh. A dog? Woof. Who's that? Abba.

Today, the key word: More. (MHW, a speech and language pathologist, had taught her to sign the word 'more' (putting her two thumbs and index fingers together). That used to crack me up, but now she speaks the word).

And, as Richard Nixon once said, you can't get the toothpaste back in the tube.



  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger uberimma said…

    I taught Barak some signs too (I used to do sign language interpreting). But he'd always learn the sign and the word at the same time, so he'd sign "more" at the same time that he'd implore, "moh! moh!"

    This time last year it was "moh" and "ma ma." Now it's, "Imma, can I have another cookie please?"

  • At 11:39 PM, Blogger Fern @ Life on the Balcony said…

    I know it's rather trite to say this, but babies never cease to amaze me. It's seems ridiculous that two adults can repeat "Imma" or "Abba" in a high pitched voice everytime they see the baby and somehow the baby understands what that means and starts repeating the heretofore meaningless words.

  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger PsychoToddler said…

    We taught our son "Larry" sign language as well since he didn't speak at all by the time he was 2 1/2. In short order he started to speak.

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger The Observer said…

    OYS also wasn't saying much by two, but he could get anything he wanted by using the sign language he taught us. A few months of speech therapy brought him up to speed, and he hasn't shut up since. Sometimes I look back with fondness on when he was a quite little boy.


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