In general, her verbal skills have made a huge leap in the past few weeks. During the two weeks that my folks were here, she started speaking consistently in sentences, usually 4 and 5 word sentences. Some favorites:
- "I don't like ____" (And she fills in the blank with any number of items. "I don't like merry-go-round. I don't like ice cream. I don't like trains. I don't like blue pants." Often this just means that she's done with whatever is in question -- especially if it's food related, since usually a moment ago she was scarfing it down quite happily.)
- "Whozat name?" (Who is that name? Meaning, What is that, or what is it called?)
- "I want dat one." (or dat book, or dat crayon, or dat placemat.... often, whatever BJ is using)
- "Dat a bad idea!" (Usually when she's doing something she knows she shouldn't, though sometimes she'll say this to police BJ.)
- "I want a time-out!" (Often said after "Dat a bad idea" above. Yes, she gives herself time-outs, goes over and gets the chair and everything.)
- "I love you too!" (often accompanied by a hug)
- "I climbing!" or "I running!" or "I dancing!"
She gets great joy out of narrating her activities, especially when they are particularly active. I suppose this is just in case we didn't notice her running away from us through the aisles of Target..... It is also interesting to note that she seems to have skipped the "you" verbal phase which BJ was stuck in for so long -- where "you" actually means the first person. She's gone straight into using "I" properly.
She's getting to be more fun every day. I love being able to talk to my kids -- even when it's just helping them negotiate whose turn it is to sing the alphabet song! Parenting is so much easier when they can communicate.