I think he's right. And today I feel the rumblings of the coming "language explosion."
Here are the words that Roo used in context AND unprompted at Target this morning:
- "Mama" (YAY!!!!!!!!!!)
- "Cheese!" (when he saw the cameras :-) )
Here is a more complete list of all of his words...
- Hello! (Different from "hi"--he says it when he sees or hears a telephone)
- Daddy (Actually, it usually sounds like "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!")
- Upstairs/downstairs (They both sound pretty much the same.)
- Thank you
- Love you
- "Woof, woof"
And he sings pretty hilarious renditions of "ABCs", "Jesus Loves Me", and "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed." I'm trying to get a video, but every time I get out the camera he stops singing and turns into a big ol' ham.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this boy is incredible. Some days I can definitely get bogged down in the delays and the seemingly endless toddler phase, but I really wouldn't trade it. I love the opportunity to really relish each and every milestone. We have fought for every word he can say, and I cherish them all.
And these are just the rumblings. There's an explosion of words waiting to happen, I can feel it. One day in the not too distant future, I'm going to walk in his room after his nap and he'll say, "There you are, Mommy! I'm so glad to see you!" Actually, it'll probably be more like, "Get me out of this crib, woman! I've got stuff to do!"
Either way, I'll take it.