Monday, June 4, 2012

Another Annie Update

She's officially 18 months old.  And she is learning a new word almost daily it seems.  I'm pleased to watch it happen.  When Audrey was learning to talk, I remember hearing about the language explosion around 18 months.  Audrey was an early talker and communicator.  She picked up new words as early as 13 months and was talking in full sentences well before 18 months, so when she hit the 18 month language explosion, there wasn't much to see.  She went from sentences to paragraphs and was able to sing songs and similar skills.  

Watching Annie develop has been different.  Borderline stressful.  She's refused to learn a lot of signs, she just does a lot of throwing, pointing and grunting.  At times Josh and I tossed around the thought that maybe she was autistic or had some other sensory disorder (her low vocabulary coupled with her sudden and almost uncatalyzed tantrums).  

But in the last couple weeks she has really picked up her communication and has surprised us.  It's been really fun to watch her figure it out and suddenly say a new word.  Even Audrey is amazed at Annie's development.

Since the last list, she has picked up the following words:

  • Audrey (Au'jee)
  • Gayl (Dale - with a really soft l sound)
  • Dora (Rora)
  • hat
  • hot
  • pizza (tee-zta)
  • shoe
  • dog (ghog)
  • woof
  • you
  • ball
  • cookie
  • poo-poo (or maybe it's boo-boo or boobie - I can't tell)
She's really grasped the concept of please and thank you.  So when she asks for something now, if she doesn't know the word, she points and says please, instead of points and grunts.  That's a refreshing development.

I'd really like her to learn how to say/sign help.  That's high on my list.

I'm really pleased with these developments.  Excited even.  It's so fun to watch her grow up.  She has held onto her infant-ness well past her infant days, but these developments really make her seem more like a toddler and less like a baby.


Sharmie said...

"Please and thank you"

I always enjoy reading this about her!

Christine Roosa said...

We have been very pro-active in teaching please/thank you to both girls early on. I'm amazed it caught on so well with both of them.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

It sooo happens too quickly! It's just not right.

We'll have a third talking here before we know it...and it scares me how loud my house will be!