Thursday, February 11, 2010
For those of you who don't know, Judah has been what you might call a late talker. Yes, he crawled before he was 5 months old and walked at 8 1/2 months, but the talking thing just didn't happen. Up until a few weeks ago, he seriously spoke less than 5 words. Oh he communicated pretty well, but not with actual spoken words. There were some baby signs, animal sounds, and a lot of various grunts that he used to get his point across, but with two older sibling who chatter all day long, I think he just wasn't motivated to talk.
The funny thing about it was that he refused to even try to say words. It was like he was storing up all his words for just the right time, until he felt like gracing us with verbal communication. And just like we thought, when he finally decided to start talking (a few weeks ago!), the words just started tumbling out and haven't stopped!
It is so fun to hear him talk. It started with me asking the kids one day, "Who wants a snack?" Moses and Grace promptly shouted, "I do!!" and then Judah just blurted out, "I DO!" too. I looked at him and said, "What did you say?!"
"I do I do I do I do!" was his response.
And since then he's said new words every day! He'll attempt to say pretty much any word we prompt him with. His words so far:
Mo-mo (i.e. Moses)
Yee-yee (i.e. Sissy/Grace)
Baby (i.e. Clementine)
heater (the kids love to sit be the vent in the kitchen when the heater comes on. It's a big deal.)
nana (banana, not Grandma)
poop (He's a boy, what can I say.)
...and some more I'm sure I'm forgetting!
For a child who hasn't spoken more than two or three words in his life, this is pretty amazing! We kept saying for months how funny it would be to hear Judah actually talking... and now he is! (He'll be 2 in a couple weeks, in case you were wondering.)