Entry: Lots of words! Monday, April 19, 2004

Even those of us who live with him are amazed at how quickly Isaac's been developing lately. His main focus is language. He understands a lot of what's said to him, but lately he'll mimic words, phrases, sounds. Not necessarily understandably, but he gets the tone and usually the main vowel sounds. Yesterday, he started repeating when Todd would say, "Let's go!" He's finally learned the flip side of "Yeah!" and kept shaking his head and saying, "no, no, no, no" over the weekend. He always says something akin to "thank you," when someone hands him a drink or something to eat. He's *finally* added "mama" to his vocabulary. We've been trying really hard to get him to say, "More, mama" or "Help, mama," rather than, "muh muh muh muh muh," repeated continuously for minutes on end. This, "muh muh" repetition has an inexplicable effect on Todd. Basically, he starts looking like his head will explode and cannot function as a normal human being when Isaac's making that sound.

Isaac's other new words: baby, diaper, nana, yellow, apple, diaper, belly button, bottle, eye. He also can point to his nose, eyes, and ears. He gets *extremely* excited when watching his Baby Einstein videos. He claps, at the end of every song and usually yells his approval very loudly. He also points to every object on the screen inquiring, "Da?" and then repeats whatver word you say.

Julia has been running very warm and cold lately. Some days she is all sweetness and light. She says "please" and "thank you" at every turn, points out that she's chewing with her mouth closed, agrees with whatever is going on: "Julia, it's time for a bath. "Okay, mommy." "Julia, it's time for dinner." "Okay, mommy," etc. Then other days, she is the sulkiest, most disagreeable thing you ever saw. She doesn't want to have anything to do with either of her parents and will often cross her arms with a scowl on her face and make a "hmph!" sound to let us know that she's angry.


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