Shaye Baby is 21 months old this month. So far she can say a few words that I understand and a few words in what can only be French*. I don't speak French so I have no idea what she is saying.
When Ty was a baby he started saying a handful of words at ten months. He had to for self preservation. I was 24 and most of my baby knowledge had been gained from books. The books said to talk to the baby all the time describing everything thing you were doing. Since I kept up a steady stream of conversation Ty had to learn to talk (and drive so he could go to the store and purchase some ear plugs.)
Tanner was fourteen months when he got tubes in his ears. For a week after that he gasped in suprise when his toys made a noise and he started talking shortly thereafter.
I don't remember when exactly Saige started talking. But I do remember it seemed like she started talking in complete sentences. I don't remember her doing any baby talk. One day at dinner she was telling my dad about a doll the boys had ripped the head off. My dad asked her how it died. In dramatic fashion she grabbed her neck and said, "Like this! AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!"
So with the first three I never worried about talking.
With the next two though I did which is strange because generally I worry LESS about these two realizing babies are durable!
Tayte was about 18 months when I mentioned to the doctor I didn't think his talking was up to par. (Of course by that time I had quit reading any baby books and really couldn't tell you how many words he was supposed to be saying.) The doctor suggest I wait until his 24 month check up and see if he had progressed. Finally he started saying words. I am pretty sure his first word was, "water". In fact it was the only word he said for about a month. If we were driving and saw a lake, pond, ditch, or puddle he would excitedly scream out, "WAAAATEEEER!" for the next four or five miles. It was like riding around in a mini-van with Helen Keller. Now he keeps up a steady stream of conversation from the time he jumps out of bed fully energized at 6:00 am until he crashes into bed at 8:00 pm.
I just started last weekend wondering about Shaye. At 21 months it seems like she should be saying more than:
On the other hand she clearly understands everything I say. I know because when I tell her to do something she laughs and does the exact opposite!
There are several things she uses the same words for and I decided based on her pronunciation of baby (bebe) she is French. (Thanks Joann for helping me come to this conslusion.)
*I also decided she was French based on her behavior. She has many stereotypical French characteristics. She likes good food. She is stylish. She only wants to bathe twice a week and she is snotty to strangers. (Oh I am just kidding. I came across a website listing stereotypes of different countries.)
Have there been any areas of your kids' developement you have worried about unnecessarily? Any strange first words? Anyone have some French tapes I can borrow?
I am spending the last few hundred days of my thirties loving my husband and five kids, teaching, cooking, training, reading, and thanking God for all that I have been blessed with.
I hope to share these adventures with you fellow adults in order to retain my sanity and vocabulary.
In the process I am sure my ham licking, choke holding, pop tart hiding family will be approached about gaining fame and fortune on a reality show titled, "How to Raise Quirky Kids in a Chaotic Home."
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