What up everybody Littlest is TURNING TWO TOMORROW.
His speech has been evolving lately. It’s been one of the slower milestones for him though he’s always been an intense climber and stander-upper (that’s the technical term). All the milestone articles and apps have been out of sync with him, suggesting that he should be doing things that seemed to not be on his radar. His speech comprehension has always seemed pretty on track so I decided not to worry. Maybe his two-year check-up will prove me wrong and we’ll be referred to a speech therapist but for now it seems like some interesting things are happening.
He’s repeating things we ask him to, such as “cheese” and “blue” and yesterday “Paddy” (!!!!). We have a little truck that says his name and a few months ago he’d try to repeat it but it came out “Papa.” Wild progress has been made on that second syllable and now he says something resembling either his actual name or Paddy.
He’s mastered “bye-bye” for a while though he doesn’t have much of a diphthong so it comes out mostly “bah-bah.” Now he’s added “coucou” to his repertoire and enjoys saying it to every stranger we walk by whether they’re looking or not. He likes to give kisses though always says bye-bye afterward regardless of whether anyone is going anywhere.
It’s interesting though however (to me anyway) that he doesn’t have any alveolar consonants yet (t’s, d’s). Even “non” comes out as though he’s a little Franco-Italian: “gnan!” and “cheese” is definitely hard to make out if you don’t know what he’s saying since it sounds like “gyeezh.” His s’s are still very German; ça sounds like “cha” and içi “ichi.” No one he knows speaks German or Italian so I don’t know where gets it.
The repeating is fun though sometimes he just repeats the intonation and the actual sounds are gibberish.
He is also typically very sweet with other kids, handing toys over or showing younger kids things they can play with. It’s adorable though I don’t see a whole lot of it since it mostly happens at the nanny’s. We’ll have to have more play dates.
So all the presents are wrapped, J is going to make his cake tonight, and we’ll have an aunt, an uncle, and a friend over tomorrow to celebrate a joyful year two with our Mister Wister.