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Who Taught This Kid To Talk?

February 18th, 2007

Kenny has gone from about a hundred  words to at least  couple hundred nearly overnight.   He will now repeat everything and anything you say.   (That is not a boast, it is a warning.   No more  accidental four-letter words allowed.   No more even slightly-suggestive-of-four-letter words allowed.)   Not only will he repeat the words when you say them, but he will  say them again later in context.   It’s amazing and slightly scary.  

His favorite book the last few days has been a big board book about construction trucks, which he refers to as “Ment” (short for cement).   In the car today, we were talking to him about his book, and asking him what else was in the book beside the cement truck.    He said, “pipe,” “chute” and “up and down” (refering to the motion that the cement chute makes).    And he’s comprehending responses.   If you say “up high!” he’ll respond with “do’ low!”   If you  ask him what’s in his cup, he’ll say “Apa-orge juice.   Ice.”   If you say, “Let’s go for a walk in the stroller!”   he will answer, “Hep walk Dudley.”   He can point out and say  eyes, ears, nose, mouth, head, belly and heart.   And he will tell you which pair of shoes he wants to wear.

All of this is confirming  Casey’s theory that he was really a few months old when he was born.    

But it is facinating to watch his little mind at work.   I really do know what he’s thinking about most of the time these days.   And he is exuberant to finally be understood about what he wants to say.   You can tell by the way his face beams when you interact with him that he is thrilled to be a part of the action, and not just a silent bystander.   As I write, he is outside in the backyard with his grandparents and Daddy, playing t-ball and filling his plastic dump truck with rocks to deposit in the living room.   He is also becoming a fan of “Hide and Seek” where he will “hide” by flattening himself against the side of the house in the backyard and quivering with excitement, waiting for us to “find” him.   It is a hoot, by all standards.

More to come… I am working on a uploading videos, so hopefully, I’ll have a clip of this afternoon’s t-ball game to share later today…

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