Little pitchers have big ears and this little pitcher also likes to put things on repeat. It has come to my attention that when Maxon needs some consoling for a variety of reasons, I often say “I know that hurts” or “I know you want that”, etc. Nowadays, he’ll start whining or crying for something but then stop himself and say “I know!”. I’ll even hear it from the other room. The cutest thing is that it comes out so clearly, unlike some of his other “words”. He attempts to repeat almost everything he hears but unless you’re around him all the time, it might not sound like it. It really is amazing to watch him learn how to communicate by any means possible, and sometimes, every means possible. He says AND signs “water”, “milk”, “more”, and “all done”. We’re getting better about saying and not just signing “cheese” and “please”. He sometimes gets these mixed up if we ask him to repeat it. How’s that for grasping the spoken language?.
And with the weather we’ve been having lately, he has identified snow and water in almost all of its forms. Snowmelt along the street and icicles dripping onto the lawn get the water sign. Water is also in drinking glasses and our sports bottles. Even the sound of water is identified as such. Snow is always out the window (along with cars). And as of today, the white dot design on my shirt has been diagnosed as snow.
He has really responded to his music classes too! They do lots of different types of activities in class and he seems to be the only one that visibly “gets it”. Not only is there singing and playing with instruments, but he is still the only reliable dancer and will also repeat back certain tones and rhythms. At least once during the class, we’ll all hear the teacher sing “let’s all do what Maxon’s doing!” Some of the songs in the class are just simple tones like “ba ba ba-ba-ba” and he’ll try to imitate it. He’ll get the “ba” (again on repeat) but not the rhythm. If we’re in the car and I’m trying to distract him from the trappings of his car seat, I’ll sing a major triad (HA-he can learn about proper pitch later) and he’ll give it a whirl (“la la LA!”). Although, our go-to, cure-all song is still the “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”, complete with index fingers tapped together.
What he does NOT know is why he insists on teething the remaining teeth all at one time, the beauty of sleeping in and long naps, and why the cats are so darn skittish around him and his outstretched hands.