Stella chats away 19 to the dozen. Even though most of it is babble, in some cases the words that are emerging sound a bit like the ones she is trying to say, such as ‘ba’ (bag, but this also doubles as bath), ‘bo’ (box). In others, her attempts to say what she sees bear no resemblance to the original at all. Still, her vocabulary is coming on rapidly now and her personality is strong.
I love the way she puts things to her cheek to kiss them. When she wants to kiss a person, she presents her cheek to them to be kissed. She crouches down to almost floor level to put her cheek on the cat and calls her ‘Ju’. She is starting to understand that you can kiss as well as be kissed, and this week she has started grabbing my face and squishing her (usually open) mouth onto it.
She knows a few animal sounds, and if you say an animal to her she will make the right (sort of) noise – for cat ‘myum’, dog ‘rah, rah’, monkey ‘oo oo’, duck ‘wack’, elephant ‘mmmm’ in a grunty tone of voice. For other animals, she has a generic noise that she makes for anything she knows is an animal but is unsure of the sound it makes. She barks and pants at dogs we see when we’re out and about and pass one in the street. She can also say the words owl and duck. She loved dressing up as a monkey for a party last weekend.
Vehicles are a popular topic, but as varied in appearance as they may be, they are all pointed at and called ‘car’ – even passing aeroplanes.
She likes to say ‘up’ and ‘down’, although she isn’t really clear on which is which she is sure that these are words we use when trying to express a change in one’s elevation. Upon meeting a kerb or step she will pick either word at random and say it, as well as taking a punt on one or other when ascending or descending some stairs. She has a 50% success rate 🙂
If you ask her a question, she will usually respond with ‘yeh’. Bending her knees and then stretching up with a swing of the arms is often accompanied by a cry of ‘deeeee!’ – she is convinced that she is jumping. She loves it when Jet or I blow bubbles for her and will say ‘bubbles’ and ‘pop’ as she tries to catch and poke at them.
At lunchtime, she has become accustomed to Daddy’s penchant for the post-prandial packet of snack-a-jacks, and will say ‘more’ and point at them until she is given one. She can say the word apple, but applies it to a wide range of foods, including most fruits and vegetables. She calls all drinks ‘cupatea’ and her favourite foods are pasta, scrambled egg, cheese and yoghurt. She is a fickle one, sometimes rejecting something she has eaten with gusto the previous day. She wants to be independent and feeds herself with a fork or spoon, although still resorts to her fingers most of the time.
If she sees a flower she will stop and bend to smell it. She seems to be quite left handed with cutlery as well as pens and pencils. She loves to draw, although she finds it difficult to resist tasting pens, pencils and crayons. She also enjoys sitting down to flick through books and is often to be found in the corner surrounded by a huge pile of them. Turning the pages seems to be her favourite part. She also brings you book after book for you to read to her.
She likes to play with the tea set, serving drinks for herself and us and pretending to drink them with a slurp. She calls the cakes ‘cack’ and eats them with smacking lips. She pretends to eat food in pictures, too, and will offer you some to try. She also loves shoes – ‘shoe’ being one of her first words. She likes to take my shoes and boots out of the basket and stumble about in them. She is learning to say boot now, too.
Stella likes doors, saying ‘door’ and pointing at it, although she also says door for windows. She likes to shut the door behind people when they leave the room. She loves to wear things on her head – toys, buckets, even a pair of pants off the radiator or my slipper. This she does with a delighted accompanying cry of ‘at, at!’
Inspired by my friend Lucy at Occupation:(m)other, who has been writing down some of the lovely things her son is doing at the moment. Also, by the fact I always write about Jet (bigger, noisier, chattier, odder), but very seldom Stella.