I can't tell you enough how excited I was yesterday to hear my 16-month-old utter 'YELLOW'.
Her first two-syllable word!
It makes us laugh every time she says it and she has been saying this A LOT today. Even the boys are tickled. It is the way she pronounces that is so adorable.
She will repeat 'yellow' readily, almost parrot-like, when she hears us say the word and if we ask her to 'say yellow', just for our own amusement. Then she laughs out loud (with a very deliberate 'Hahaha') when we laugh. Very funny to watch.
From our experience with the boys, this means she is entering the next phase of speech development and we can expect a swift outburst in the verbal language department.
Just today, she said 'apple' while watching me slice the fruit, after months of saying just 'per'.
The golden age of toddlerhood. All these months will pass in a jiff.
Like most tots this age, she is a baby chatterbox, but certainly a very gentle and girlish chatterbox.
There is this unmistakable dainty quality about her. She smiles and giggles in a small girly voice. She sways to dance and makes small gestures with her fingers. She asks for 'more' in the quietest manner with the sweetest pleading eyes. Her voice is usually small and ladylike, except when she is screaming for my attention or is very upset.
Even when she is upset, she has mastered the perfect damsel-in-distress look with fat tears rolling down cheeks and the most pitiful and pained expression that melts hearts instantly. The papa doesn't require much from her to give in, especially after a day in the office. The mama takes a little longer to convince, but once the tears begin rolling, the baby gets swooped up and cuddled soon enough.
The tot learns fast. But we often remind ourselves - she is our last baby.
The chatterbox is on a word spurt lately, repeating new words every few days. Quick list of what she can say clearly: mama papa boy ball bird shoe toe arm hand ant up cheese car star more book nite-nite bye hi all-done eat hot bath bus fish sit uh-oh there here bowl man blue.
What I constantly find amazing is her vocab. She is able to understand so much of what we ask of her. It is always so exciting and inspiring to see how fast she picks things up.
A compelling reason for me to be on my toes.
While I enjoy her growing up in front of my eyes, I shall indulge her with experiences and opportunities.
For now, it is mostly unstructured play and more play.
These are some of her favourite toys in the recent weeks.
At first, I was going to wait till she turns 18 months, but looking at how focused she is during our multiple reading sessions throughout the day, she seems ready for more structured activities.
Finally, it's time to whip out all my years of resources, starting with those I have prepared for Bright Tots Campus and all the Totbooks workshops.
I can't wait to see her benefitting from them, just like how her two brothers did before!
Looks like one of the prettier Hobbits here! Haha ...
Wearing her new shoes! Her second pair to replace her pink Bobux which she has outgrown. I had wanted to stay away from buying her another pair of pink shoes but when I saw these cuties in Colette, I just couldn't resist.