Xander is full of surprises. I suspect he is going to talk very well, very early. No surprise there, considering his mother. Family legend has it that I was not even 2 when I looked out the car window and said clear as a bell: "Auntie Nonie, I see a baby!" My Mom and Aunt nearly fell over.
Xander says Mom and Dad or Daddy. This is definitely to us. Sometimes he still does the da-da-da babble too, but that is very different from the pointed "DAD!!!" that he levels at his father. He also says doggy, duck and kitty. Kitty, though, sounds like "itty". And "Hi!" We can't forget "Hi!"...he stopped a waitress who was ignoring him right in her tracks with that one.
The last month we've been looking through his animal books and reading them, but more fun is to flip through them and say "kitty says meow" or "duck say quack, quack".
Tuesday his Dad and I arrived at daycare to pick him up and K, his wonderful provider, was excited. She'd been playing "kitty/doggy/cow/duck says..." with her 2.5 year old and when she got to "The sheeps says..." without hesitating a moment Xander looked straight at her and said definitively: "BAAAAA!!!!" And grinned from ear to ear.
It makes a mother proud.
Tonight he was standing in the bath (why sit when you can stand there) and I am almost certain he said "quack, quack!" to his ducks. Amazing.
I think that the funnier part is that we've been working on teaching him sign language since he was 6 months old. He does occasionally sign, but not that much. I feel a little like I am spinning my wheels with it. We decided it would help him communicate during that time between understanding and verbal development. Well, silly me. Turns out the little monkey is just going to talk!
So, Baaa, Mooo, Meow, and Quack Quack to you too!