Do you know where your belly is?
Niamh does! well, she atleast knows where hers is… Over the past few weeks she has been pointing to noses and we ask her where her nose is smf she points correctly about half the time. Monday I, out of the blue, I asked her where her belly was and she pulled up her shirt and looked pleased as punch. Lars and I cheered for her and she was very proud! She can point to her head, feet, hair, ears, eyes, and nose (if she feels like it). Score one for daycare, they have been practicing but we do talk about different body parts all the time in the bath or putting on lotion etc.
Talking is coming along too. If you follow my twitter (in the sidebar) I was shocked that last week Monday Niamh asked for grapes during dinner. Since then grape has been part of her vocabulary (and diet) and she pronounces it ‘GrrrrrrA!’ with a very excited tone. She ate about a pound over Lilies and in the car and she seems a bit burned out but maybe thats a good thing because grape skins pass through the system 100% intact and that is gross to see. She also says black berry (back back) so that is a second ‘for sure’ word that is a request not just an observation. So far she only has nouns but she will sign more or please and say a word, or, she grunts and gestures and points alot.
Lars observed a very cute speech thing, for any noun she does not know Niamh will say ‘dada’ and for any verb she does not know she will say ‘mama’. For example, she will bring you her shoes and say ‘mama mama mama’ while gesturing to her feet with the shoes obviously wanting you to put on her shoes ( to be immediately followed by a request to go outside). The same goes for nouns, she will point to things and say da or dada. I think it is supposed to be ‘whats that’ but it sounds like dada. I think it is fitting that moms are verbs and dads are nouns 🙂
Niamhs vocab count is increasing. She is no verbal genius since according to the internet the average 1 year old can use 5 words on their first birthday and she was more like 4 words and 2 of 3 signs. For the record and my future reference she says; mama, dada, that (dat) cat, dog, bird, duck, black berry, grape, diaper, please, and hi. I should look up when she is supposed to be using verbs…. She seems to know colors and some basic shape, or, she is a lucky guesser. She will get the right colored ball on request, and, two weekends ago she could not find the green ball I asked for and she brought me a green block. I count that as knowing green. Every day she gets better and better at stuff, it is so cool to see, and so far she will do anything for our positive attention so our house is full of clapping and hugs and kisses. Its a hard job but someone needs to celebrate the proper identification of a belly with belly kisses 🙂