Language development has often been a topic of discussion in our home. There was a lot of concern because of Norton’s language delay. Now, though, the conversation is more joyous: we talk about Eudora’s baby talk.
It’s amazing. I’m pretty sure that Eudora’s baby talk is far more developed than I thought it was: we’ve had moments of hearing her say “Bye-bye, Daddy!” as the husband made his way to work. She’s been naming “puppy” for a while now. Just yesterday, she pointed to the kitty on her shirt and called it a puppy. (We have no cats, so she’s not exactly exposed to them.)
This morning, however, gave me a chance to understand some of the baby talk I’ve been hearing from her. It’s actually got meaning. Of course her babbling has meant things to her, but it hasn’t always made sense to me. I’ve been using a lot of non-verbal cues to understand what she was getting at. I just know what certain bits of whining mean, tell her the word, and then get her what she wants. When we were on the change table for her morning bum change, that was when I got some enlightenment. She kicked her feet in the air and said “Uh!” Then she lowered her little feet and said, “Dow!” After she repeated this with me a few times, I realized that she was said “up” and “down.” Yeah!
It took a while, but finally, our baby talk started to make some sense. Hopefully this is just the beginning of Eudora using words… and me understanding what those words are supposed to be. It’s wonderful to watch her language development progress.
Have your children started using any new words recently?