I’m not exactly sure when she started to ask me, but I always drew a blanks. “She” is N’s pediatrician, and she would ask how many words N was saying. I’m not sure why I’d draw a blank, but I would. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t sure what the right answer was. How many should he be saying? What is the magic number she’s looking for? I don’t know why I would fret over this. I guess it’s just that habit every mom has about wanting her child to be keeping up with the pack. Anyways, I’ve been working on a list so that when we go for N’s 18 month appointment in 2 weeks, I would have definite answers. Here’s where we stand so far:
- get it (we say this when we throw the ball for the dog, or when n’s being lazy)
- shoe (we call both socks and shoes this)
- trip (the neighbor’s dog)
- block (still working on this some)
- pat (we pat-pat-pat the dog)
These are the ones I hear on a regular basis. Sometimes you hear something, such as he said “amen” once, but I’m only counting what’s consistent. Most likely if you came to visit you would think I was crazy by hearing all these words. Most of them aren’t perfect, but I know what he’s saying. It seems to be that most of the time only the parents can understand the child for a while. It’s so great to know what he’s saying. I am absolutely loving the communication. It seems to be that we are getting a new word every 5 to 7 days right now. I’ll keep everyone posted on anything new he starts saying.