Language development in my toddler is not how I expected it to be. Eva said her first word ages ago (we think) but since then until about a week or two ago there had been very little new spoken language from her. Then I went out for lunch with some friends, one of which is an experienced child-minder and hence good at deciphering toddler protolanguage and it turns out that what I just took as babbling was in fact speech. I guess I had been expecting words to sound more of less like the words I use but no. Currently I have identified these words that she says on a frequent basis:
Da – its her Yes
No – its not particularly clear or consistent but I think she does say it
Buzz – for the sounds that bees make but its more raspberry like
Tee – for Tree , Haven’t heard this very often these days but this was her first word
Yummy Yummy – this one is pretty clear and distinct
Baa Baa – the hours of singing Baa Baa black sheep has paid off 😉
Daddy – although not always in relation to only her dad, sometimes it can be all men which is a bit worrying ;0
Mum? – I am not sure if she does say Mum or Mummy, she probably does when I am not around but she doesn’t say it much to me.
and the new ones from the last few days that I am not completely sure about:
Dink – I think she means drink but I could have imagined it
Apple – when we where in the garden she pointed at the apple tree and said it, but I have only heard this once. My OH says he has heard her say this too though.
I have never had a particularly good ear for languages other than my own so I am finding this aspect of parenting an interesting challenge.