Zekey talks – a lot. He basically tries to repeat almost everything we say. And while some of it is unintelligible, much of it is clear to us. Early on, he would only say the beginnings of words – “duh” for duck and dog, “cah” for cat and car, etc. But his speech is becoming clearer now, and if we say things carefully, he’ll repeat simple words almost exactly. It’s a flood of language every day.
Here’s a partial list at 16 months, Z’s favorite words first:
no (his new favorite)
car (almost anything with wheels)
plane (anything that makes a loud engine noise)
football (said “fooFALL!”)
hike hike! (the football)
pancake (said “panCAKE!”)
waffle (said “waFFLE!”)
peaches (said “peaCHES”)
chicken (said “chiCHIN!”)
bird (pretty much anything with wings)
fly (any insect with wings, and what the bird does)
bug (usually meaning lady bug)
more (always said “more MORE!”)
please (which sounds like “peece”)
help (said “helpooo” which must come from us asking “Can I help you?)
poo poo (pretty funny)
toot toot (hilarious)
bellybutton (this one is garbled a bit, but we always know what he’s talking about)
He does all kinds of animal sounds:
foo foo (for woof woof, my personal favorite)
moo (which sounds like boo right now)
rhinoceros snort and snuff (from Moo, Baa, La La La)
pig snort (sort of, he’s still working on that one a bit)
chicken (another favorite of mine – bock bock bock)
owl whoo whoo
lion, tiger and bear growl (all sound the same)
Oh – he also can identify a number of birds in our Birds of NY book. We show him a picture and he says the name of the bird. He can do:
woodpecker (said something like “peckpeck”)
cardinal (just the “car” part)
Okay – I’ll stop there for now, but I have to remember to keep writing these down before it seems commonplace for him to open his mouth and communicate with us. Right now, it’s amazing, and hilarious.
I must add that one could easily mistake Zeke's word for frog or fog for the "f" word. More practice is required! It's still pretty cute hearing him speak.
Z's probably going to surpass me soon in bird-identification 🙂 It's awesome how much language he's soaking up!!
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