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The strangest thing happened when M came home from Grandma and Grandpa’s house this past Monday.

She came home with this huge leap in vocabulary and sentence structure development.

So strange.  Her pronunciations of certain words she was struggling with suddenly became so clear.  She was able to make more full sentences!

One sentence that I remember was during bedtime.  She was sleepy and could barely keep her eyes open. 

She told me, “Close my eyes, turn the lights back on, and sleep.”

“Turn the lights back on” is her way of saying “turn the lights off.”  We are still working on that one..

It was the first time she had said anything so complex like that!

She really is growing up.  There is no holding her back, she can’t be my baby forever…

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M is an echo.

It’s good and bad.

It’s great because she is extending her vocabulary and speech by coping various phrases we say.

It’s a not good when we catch ourselves accidentally saying something we shouldn’t and hearing her repeat it.

Ooops!

Oh well.. 90% of the time Hubby and I are really good about surrounding her with words and phrases that are ok for her to repeat..

It’s really cute to hear her say things like, “Honey, mail this out!”

Or, “Honey, I stamped it.”

Or how she sings, “Nationwide is on your side..”

Or, “We are Farmers, bum ba bum bum bum..”

It’s quite entertaining…

What sort of phrases has your child repeated?!

 

With M’s two year old birthday quickly approaching, I’ve noticed a significant development in her language.

She’s gone from two word sentences to three word sentences AND she’s starting to show the ability to really hold a conversation.

She’s never been the type of kid that liked being force-fed lines.  She didn’t respond well to “M, say this” or “M, say that.

I could teach her an answer to something, and if she wanted to respond in that way, she would. 

I think that’s why it took her so long to acknowlege that her name was “M” and not “Picture.”

She’s a child with a definite mind of her own.  I absolutely love that about her.  It’s quite surprising finding out what she actually knows.

With that said, here are some examples:

M left her sippy cup of water on the counter of the master bathroom.  We walk down the hall and following conversation occurs.
Me:  Me, where’s your water?
M: (points towards master bathroom) There!  I saw it!

When pretend drinking or eating..
M: Mmm, drinking tea.  Delicious!
M:  (blows on spoon) Mimi, hot. Ahhh.  Delicious!

When she found her bottle on the floor..
Me:  M, why is your bottle on the floor?
M: I dropped it.

Whenever she wants something..
M: I haaaaaave it..

Those are just some examples that I can think of right now.  I’m sure there are so much more that Hubby or her grandparents could add to the list. 

What sort of things does your toddler say that totally surprises you?!

It was inevitable.. the more M spoke, the more her words would be less “baby babble” and more “words.”

I’ve noticed lately that she’s been correcting herself when it comes to certain words and pronunciations..

She hears it so much from us that I guess it was bound to happen.. she’s starting to learn to say her words correctly..

But I do miss her little interpretations.. and she’s also starting to call things by their correct name..

Before: Ah-mahn
Now: Wiper..
Refering to Swiper the Fox in Dora the Explorer

Before: Wah-wah
Now: Wah-teh
Water…

Before: Mimi
Now: Mommy
This actually breaks my heart because I LOVE that she calls me “Mimi.”  This isn’t a permanent fix, she still calls me “Mimi” on her first instinct.  It only changes to “Mommy” if she hears it from somewhere else

Before: Mouse
Now: Mickey..
She also does the same for Minnie..

Before: Mulk..
Now: Milk..
I love hearing her say this one…

There are others that I can’t think of at the moment.. excuse the “mommy brain.”

It’s good to know that her language development is progressing well… it just makes me realize that she really is growing up.. a little too quickly for my liking.. but still.. she’s getting to be a big girl now…

M has this facination with eggs.

Whenever we ask her what to eat, she’ll say “egg.”

In the future, when she askes me what her first sentence was, I’ll say:

“Go, ah eet egg.”
Go, I eat egg.

Yup, at seventeen months, her first documented four word sentence that was understandable and made perfect sense was, “Go, I eat egg.”

Of course, I made her eggs that morning, but the little booger didn’t eat it!

In fact, whenever she asks for eggs and I make them, she will only eat a few bites and the proceed to spit the rest out.

Yet, she continues to ask for eggs.

Oh, the joys of toddlerhood..


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