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Whatchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis…er…Joel?

Posted by on January 22, 2011

Joel (15mo) doesn’t speak many words yet. He babbles a lot, and he says a few words that are clear enough to understand, but he’s pretty hard to understand most of the time. Most of the words he speaks he’s spoken for a while now. That might be changing soon, though. He’s started signing. 🙂 His vocabulary is still small, but I think it has potential to grow more quickly than his spoken vocabulary. At the very least, I think signing will help with two-way communication in general. So far he signs “hat”, “baby”, “please”, and “all done”. All but the first have developed in the last week or so. Here’s what he knows so far (that I’ve clearly deciphered), roughly in order of appearance:

  • bye-bye (say)
  • please (say, “pees”)
  • thank-you (say, “dah-oo”)
  • banana (say, “nana”)
  • ball (say, “baa”)
  • book (say, “boo”)
  • Mommy (say, usually “Mama”)
  • hat (sign)
  • no (say)
  • Daddy (say)
  • yes (say, “yeah”, not often)
  • eat (say, “eeeeeeee”, very infrequent)
  • baby (say and sign)
  • please (sign)
  • all done (sign)

Also, while quieter and seemingly less confident than his brother was, he enjoys helping us read “Moo Baa La La La“ by Sandra Boynton. 🙂