Since Owen started talking, he hasn’t stopped. It seems like just yesterday he was “talking” like this, but recently he has been talking up a storm. Like, really talking. It literally feels like he learns 2 or 3 new words every single day. One day I’ll say something to him, he’ll repeat it, and before I know it he’s using the word appropriately and chattering away. He remembers things I told him days, weeks, months ago. He is especially keen on names. He remembers his cousins from Thanksgiving, and talks about them constantly.
He is an excellent communicator when he doesn’t have the words for what he wants, too. He uses sign language, points, grunts, gestures, and uses very distinct facial expressions. And of course he is adept at using the back-arching, crying, “someone just did something awful to me” wail to express his emotions as well (when I, you know, tell him it’s time to change his diaper). He understands full sentences and high level social cues. He often preempts things, like saying “buh bye” before I have actually said it myself during a phone conversation. The kid is very tuned in to conversation and words.
The other day in the car Benjamin and I were having a quiet conversation and mentioned the word “train” (as in, to train for a 5k), and from the backseat we hear Owen quietly saying, “Choo choo!”. It took me a minute to realize that he was responding to what I was saying to Benjamin in a different context, but it just goes to show — he’s always listening, like a little sponge.
He’s also beginning to connect words into phrases and sentences now too. When we read books with dogs in them, he’ll say “doggie”. And then point to Schnitzel and say, “OUR doggie”. And he connects hello with peoples’ names on the phone, “Hi-yo, RahRah!” (RahRah is my mom). “Hi-yo, Dada!”.
The words are coming so fast and furious now that I wanted to get a list of the ones he’s saying now. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot, but this is a basic list. No surprise that the thing we talk about the most is food!
Food: eat, spoon (boon), cup, green beans (een bee), peas, hummus (hummy), apple, kiwi, egg (eh), coconut oil (coco oyyo, which is what we cook his eggs in and he is obsessed with talking about it), hot dog (aht-toh), cracker, cereal (ee-oh), Pirate Booty (booty, or, more recently, boo-TAY), cheese (gee), milk, water (wah-woo)
Cleaning/Yard Work: vaccuum (yap-poo), broom, mop, rake, lawnmower (maw-mowah), outside (ah-yo)
Transportation: car, truck, bus (bah), train (choo choo), tractor
Animals: cat (MOW!), doggie, puppy, kitty (kiki), lion/tiger/leopard (rawr), elephant (sprays air out of his mouth to make a trumpet sound), fish (makes bubble popping sound with mouth), bunny (scrunches nose and sniffs), cow (oooo), bird (bahdee), goat (mehhhh), sheep (baaa)
Shapes: Circle, star (dawr)
Names: Mommy, Dada, RahRah (my mom), Pop (Benjamin’s dad), Abby, Becca (Gah-bah), Tori (Toyee), Ruthie, Ellie (Aggee)
Most of his words are pretty clear. But there are a few words that come out completely wrong (outside = ah-yoh, vaccuum = yap-poo, his cousin Becca = Gahbah), yet he insists on saying them that way. Not sure why that is, but I try to just say the word back correctly so as not to reinforce the strange pronunciation. At this point he’s talking so much at 16.5 months that I’m not really worried about pronunciation.
What does your toddler talk about? Owen cracks me up every day with the funny things he comes up with. The way he uses the words he knows (like seeing stars and circles everywhere and talking about playing with brooms and mops on the ride home from daycare) is absolutely adorable. And learning new ones is such a thrill… for both of us!