Kids develop at such different rates when they are this young, so I wasn’t completely surprised to hear some of Nicholas’ peers talking in full sentences recently, when he can say very few words (except, of course, his absolute favourites … baseball and basketball). Imagine my surprise, though, when I stumbled across this article about a 17-month-old girl who can not only speak many words, but actually READ them! People are often impressed by Nicholas’ ability to communicate in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and ASL), but that really takes the cake!
His words have really started to form in the last week – he’s made a huge effort to mimic us, even if he doesn’t have all the consonant sounds yet – he almost always gets the right number of syllables and vowel sounds. “S” is a very difficult sound for him, as well as “F” and “T”. He’s much better with “L” now, though, as he’s been working overtime on the word “ball”. I know repetition is the key, but my goodness I’m tired of hearing that word!
Tooth #13 broke through last Thursday. My last post was a week ago, when I commented on how peaceful it had been to have 2 nights of full sleep. We had one more – 3’s a charm – and then went into 4 nights of horrific sleep. After the first night (Wed), we noticed that his first canine had finally popped through the gums (top left) and assumed that was the source of his discontent. I don’t know for sure now if that’s all it was, or perhaps combined with a cold because he’s been coughing like crazy, but he had 4 nights of fitful sleep, waking me up every 1-2 hours to cuddle or nurse (the cuddling was new – in the past, only nursing would put him back to sleep). Three of the four nights were, of course, while we were visiting my mum to celebrate her retirement and birthday. Our first night back home, he slept right through the night again. Mmmm, sounds like he’s waking up (1:30am) – let’s see if he can settle himself back down again. Oh, well done, little man – that only took 10 seconds! I think he knows to look for his water bottle – I wish I had a video monitor so I could watch at moments like this – such a Curious George!
We visited our favourite Naturopath doctor to have him checked out – this cough has been quite nasty since last week – everything is clear (ears, lungs, etc), but she reminded me to use Vicks on his feet at night and Castor Oil on his abdomen (to stimulate his digestive system which powers the immune system).
Tomorrow Nicholas and I are the presenters at a Baby Talk session (the same one we used to go to ourselves when he was new) to talk about using Sign Language with babies. He’s added “basketball” to his all-day conversation and even managed “I love you” the other day for the first time! I have tried to teach him the one-handed sign, but his fingers can’t get around it, so I tried the three-word sign instead – success. I’m so pleased that he can communicate so well, although I am noticing that he is dropping the signs to opt for the words sometimes (if he can say the word) – perhaps because other people in his life don’t do the sign language with him. When I prompt him to show me the sign, he always does, but spoken word is possibly starting to take over. I hope not because I would really like to keep up with learning ASL with him – I’ll have to make a real effort, because I’m sure it’s easy to get lazy once he’s speaking.