When V turned 18 months old, the only word she said was ‘no.’ She said it often, and used it for everything, but that’s all. No mama or dada or anything else. Every once in a while, we’d hear a word, perfectly clear and in context, and then, poof! She wouldn’t say it again. It’s happened to me and to the Mr, where we’d be all excited to report, “She said ‘bubble/Elmo/glove’!” (Okay, so we weren’t so excited when she said Elmo, as he’s not popular with the grown-ups around here.) When we’d try to get her to repeat it, no such luck.
About 11 days after her 18-month birthday, she could suddenly talk. She can repeat things and mimic our sounds. The words still aren’t perfect, but you know what she’s saying.
Here’s a list of words that she is saying right now:
- Colors: blue, red, green, yellow, black, brown, pink, purple
- Numbers: one, two, three, four, five, six, eight, nine (seven, oddly, is missing, since one of her favorite ‘nonsense’ words was something that sounded like ‘sevitz’)
- Letters: B, C, D, E, K, O, P, R, S, T, V, X, Z
- Food: cheese, milk, peas, chicken (chick), cookies
- Other: Please (peas), Uncle M (just his name), Pop (for her grandfather), cup, more, yes, snow, go, no, bye, hi