Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Little Less Conversation

My baby does not talk. He says Mama and kee (for kitty) but nothing else. He makes noises sometimes and grunts a lot, but no talking. He doesn't lack for communication, though, because he can sign pretty well, in fact, he was mistaken for a deaf boy at the Steak and Shake yesterday afternoon with all his "please more eat french fry and milk". I have been using this book to find new signs and the boys and I can actually have conversations this way, albeit small conversations. I kind of like that the boy doesn't talk yet...retains some of his babyness that way and I am so not ready to leave the baby stage yet. My parents, on the other hand, have been encouraging him to speak since we pulled up in the driveway. They swear that his noises are actually words in which I cannot understand, and didn't I hear him say Grandpa just then? I think their hopes were dashed this afternoon when he found a small board book devoted entirely to pictures of food. He turned to the page with bananas and brought it right to Gammy then trotted off to the high chair to wait to be served. The book also has picture of donuts and chocolate which he let us know he preferred over his dinner. Of course, I think he is the smartest baby in the world to have figured this out, or he may have inherited my lazy gene and found a way to avoid exercising his vocal cords, in either case, it's so damn cute I had to share it.

7 comments:

kelly jeanie said...

That is amazing. Seriously, we haven't been able to get Owen to do anything other than "more", though he will do "eat" sometimes. Communication is the important thing, right? It sounds like he's getting his point across! You must be doing something right. :)

Shane said...

He sounds just like my oldest son (now 9). He's the quiet one. Our 5 year old, on the other hand, NEVER shuts up. He drives us insane sometimes. He just always has to be talking!! I don't know which is worse. That's too funny about the board book. How smart is he? I'm going to check out the signing book from the library too. Sounds like fun.

Lynsey said...

My niece is going to be a year old next month, and she has just mastered crawling, so don't feel bad about him not babbling away yet. I would cherish the baby days too if I were you. I hear time flies when they are that small so you take what you can get I guess! By the way, someone left a comment on my blog, very disgruntled that I confused the "Today" show with "Good Morning America" when referring to Matt Lauer. Sorry if I came across as an idiot! They are all the same to me.

firstborn said...

hi andria!

that is wicked cool that adam is using pictures to communicate his wants & needs!!!!!!!

that's what i try to do get pre-verbal kiddos to do in therapy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i'm going to stick to my original (& totally off the record) "diagnosis" & say that he is a "late talker"...the fact that he has already figured out that he can utilize picture symbols is AWESOME!

so you go adam!

:) mary ann

Pro-Divorce said...

My little boy doesn't speak much either, at least nothing that I can understand. All I hear is "Da-DAY" and the he goes off on some diatribe that I can't understand. He appears to be having a hell of a conversation til you realize it's not English.

Jennifer said...

My twins were late talkers and the first thing the doctor asked me is if I was teaching them sign language, apparently if they know how to sign they would rather sign than talk. But you know every child is different they work at their own pace!!

sweet memories said...

I would have never thought that we ahd all this 'stuff' to think about with our little ones, when they roll over, crawl, eat baby food, walk, talk, pee in a diaper, poo in a diaper, I have decided to go with the FLOW! I remember I had to take Kayla to a neurologist because she didnt roll over! The parenting group I belonged to after Kayla was a big advocate of Signing. I think it is a great, creative way of communicating! Very expressive!