Hello. I'm going to enter into linguistic nerdiness and catalog all of Ollin's current words, mostly because it would be fun to look back after a while and remember which words he started with, but a little bit because I want to make sure I'm actually understanding him as much as possible. I only listed words that he has said in more than one situation, to show that he could apply the new language. Sorry, I'm not feeling nerdy enough to use the phonetic alphabet.
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cock clock, sometimes truck & quack
hanga hanger, hang up
mama Mama (finally!)
mehh more (used to be nunuNUnununu)
pee pee (accompanied by a sss sound)
fuafua soft (interestingly, the Japanese word for soft, which I mentioned once)
pida spider (sign is a little pinching motion above his head)
shyaddaahh! (I have no idea. Sit down? Fall down? Shut up? JK, he's never heard the last.)
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According to his pediatrician, around this time, Ollin should start using two or three word phrases. He's not doing this yet, but I'm not worried. This is his spoken/expressive language so far, but his receptive language is (in my biased opinion), much more developed. He understands multiple step instructions, new concepts, and that Mama and Papa are actually Shannon and Willow. I want to reread my language acquisition books from the perspective of new language learning, now that I'm a mom. I'm curious how teaching some basic signs has affected his spoken language, if at all. No way to know for sure, but I think it has helped him feel confident in expressing himself. He usually uses one or the other, but not both the sign and the word.