I absolutely love keeping track of Little T’s talking, it’s something that is so important and listening to him pick up words is so lovely. It kind of makes me feel like I’m doing something right, event though most of it won’t be down to me but the world around him. I don’t read up on how children pick up language or where he should be at at his age, that way you only feel disappointed when they’re not up to scratch. I don’t really have many concerns, I just think T might be proving to be a little bit lazy with his talking, preferring to point at things instead but we’re working on it.
I’ve written about Little T’s talking before, in Part 1 and Part 2. This is a catch up of where he’s at at the moment…
“Hello Daisy” is something he loves saying, just because.
“Noooo” usually said whilst pointing at you!
“Lyla” when pointing at any cat. He still thinks all cats are called Lyla, including our Tilly. He won’t have it any other despite explaining that cats are called cats!
“Hiya” is still one of his favourite words although now he says it over and over again so you say it back to him. When you do, he says it louder, expecting you to say it louder, then he’ll say it again even louder… and so on and so on until you’re both shouting “HIYAAA.” It’s a game.
“Ta” which he will say with some coaxing. I thought I better start teaching him manners in an attempt to make a slightly amiable child.
“Peas” meaning please. Another of T’s words that will come eventually after you’ve said it about 20 times upon giving him something, usually food.
T, what do ducks do? “Quack quack”
T, what do lions do? “Raaaaa”
T, what do crocodiles do? “Rap rap” (meaning snap snap) which he does with a snappy hand movement.
T, what do snakes do? “Ssssssssssss” This one is his favourite.
T, what do bears do? “Arrrgghhhh” Pretty much the same as a lion.
T, what do cats do? At this point he waits for you to go “miaow” and he laughs. I don’t think it quite works like that, T.
He will eat something and look at you with his face in the air whilst going “mmmmmm.” Pretty sure he’s learnt that one from me, oops. It’s usually when eating something yummy, never veg!
He also loves you to sing “heads, shoulders, knees and toes,” and “dingle dangle scarecrow” to him and he does the actions along with you. This past month or so, his vocabulary hasn’t really broadened but he appears to be understanding things a lot more. He will follow simple actions if you ask him. I tried it out the other day to big success when I was washing up in the kitchen and I asked him to bring his bottle from the living room. It took some encouragement and a few times of asking but he got there in the end which was fab!
Like I said, I could go on Baby Center and look and see what children of his age should be doing but I’d rather he learnt at his own pace, which seems to be slow and steady at the moment. It really is lovely to see! There’s just one word that he still won’t even attempt to say and that’s… you guesssed it… “mummy!” Come on T!!