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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

At first I was worried about her gross motor skills. When I took her to places to play, she didn't seem to want to walk around or climb any of the play structures, like many of the other toddlers were doing. I know you're not supposed to compare your child to others, but who doesn't? It's inherent, it's what first time parents do without thinking.

She finally got over that hump a few weeks ago, and is climbing up slides and exploring play areas with enthusiasm, now.  I don't know if the change was just a matter of time or if it was due to hanging around a certain baby friend who is very active and mobile. Walking and climbing very early for her age, being 2 months younger than our little Bel.

But then, just a few days ago, Hubby and I shared our concern about her not talking. Why isn't she saying little words like her other friends? Granted these friends are 1-2 months older than she is, but first time parents are also impatient ;-) We had been hanging out with her mobile monkey baby friend so much and we hadn't spent as much time with one of her talkative baby friends. So I brought her over to her house the other day. And sure enough, either from modeling her baby friend or pure coincidence, she started saying a new word that day.

While she was there, she said "doggy", which sounded very similar to "daddy". But those who heard her, knew what she was trying to say when she pointed to their dog. The next day, as I was reading her a Christmas book, she pointed at one of the round Christmas tree decorations in the book and said "Ball!" Then she said "bubba" as I was blowing (and saying) bubbles. And today, she's repeated her "ball" and "bubba" exclamations at the correct objects.

So I joke and say it was from hanging out with her talkative baby friend that got her saying these new words. But who knows if it was or just a matter of time. But for some odd reason that I may never understand, she says "mamma" when she wants something, like a toy, a drink on the table, or some other object... Go figure.



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Comment By Littlethings
Sunday, December 26, 2010 7:27 PM
She just started repeating "I love you" a couple of days ago. I tell her I love you, and if she's in the mood, she'll tell me it back. Or I'll tell her to tell Daddy or Grandma "I love you". And when she says it, it just melts my heart!

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