Oh my goodness, this next post had me laughing in remembrance after I just read it again. I knew that Noah was a late talker, but I had forgotten just how late of a talker her was… which makes me now feel better about Abby… our second shy talker… but I digress… I had forgotten about how little he spoke and what his first words were… or weren’t. I’m happy to say that in the 2 years following this post, Noah’s vocabulary has sky rocketed and he (and Abby too) both talk non-stop… no really, non-stop. His preschool teachers even mentioned that he has blossomed into quite the little talker over the past year!
Out of the Mouths of Babes
My 20 month old son is not a talker. He understands everything we say though, and I’m pretty sure that if he wanted to he could carry out a full conversation with me… well a conversation fit for a 20 month old at least. But instead of doing that, he only says a handful of words and acts shy when we ask him to try to say something new.
Now the experts tell you that usually a child’s first words are Mama or Dada. While Dada was Noah’s first word, the first real word that he started using consistently was “No”… well it was really more of a “Nahhh” with a good head shake at the same time. After that came the words ball, bowl and bubble (which by the way sounded more like “bub bub”). We were on a roll with the “B” words, but I still wanted to hear him call me Mama.
In typical stubborn boy fashion, he refused to say Mama while referring to me. We were going through a little rough patch around the time he was 15 months old. He had just been involuntarily weaned due to my being about 4 months pregnant. My milk had dried up on its own and the girls were sore and very, very tender. Noah was still quite fixated with them though, always wanting to touch them and use them as his soothie at nap time. I guess it was only natural then, that his next word was…
wait for it…
At first I wasn’t too sure if I had heard him correctly. I asked him what he said and he pointed to my chest and said boob! I started laughing and couldn’t stop. Oh all the words he could have learned he had to learn that one!
I guess that’s what I get for telling him he wasn’t allowed to touch Mama’s boobies anymore!
(By the way… he finally started calling me Mama… at 20 ½ months… after he had learned to sign “thank you” and say the words cheese and please. Oh well, better late than never!)
It’s so fun to go back and read these things and to see the similarities between Noah and Abby. She is his little shadow and has to do and say everything that he does… that said I think I need to start watching what I say in front of Noah, because he is my little shadow and parrot and will repeat what I say too… nothing bad, but I did catch him asking Abby “Just what do you think you are doing?” while she was playing with his blocks… I may have asked Abby the same thing 10 minutes earlier when I caught her playing in the soil of one of my potted plants!
I’m also thinking that I need to document the phrases and words that they currently love to use… like how Abby says “I lub you” or “push in me” or even “Hey! Me!” when she wants something. Like I said, Noah’s vocabulary has skyrocketed, but he still has a way with certain words… “firsty” for thirsty or “dorge” for his beloved monkey George. Time passes by so quickly and it’s so easy to forget…
So tell me… what cute phrases or words did your child say?