Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Despite my attempts to refresh, reload, and resubmit, I'm having technical difficulties commenting on any blog. It's intensely frustrating to hold my tongue (hence this post), but it's also humbling to realize that in the grand scheme of things, the world is not any better or worse for a 66th comment here.

The baby is kicking furiously.

L only has a handful of words, mostly she uses "hi" and "down" (pointing to stairs). Though "mama" and "dada" are supposed to be among a child's early vocabulary, I'm more likely to hear a version of "door" or "milk" come out of her mouth than a reference to one of us. Sometimes I wonder if it's because we mostly give her what she wants that vocabulary hasn't come more readily. She has her own way of communicating and, for the most part, it works. Her latest strategy involves hitting to get our attention. It bothers me to no end. We say "no", even move her away from whatever we're doing, try to negatively reinforce the behavior by not giving her attention, but nothing is working so far.

I'll be patient. Some day the verification word will work, L will talk, and John will have a voice of his own. Until then, we'll resort to brute force.


Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

I'm sure L will start talking a lot soon. My daughter was an early talker but my boys took their sweet time. Raymond was about 2 1/2 when he started talking like crazy. I think he waited until he could speak in clear sentences!

One of the neatest things about kids is that they are all different. It's amazing to watch them grow!

4:36 AM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

That post beggers belief at UWL, consumed by a lot of nonsense and falsehoods but a gripping read.

4:51 AM  
Blogger James said...

I just read the whole thread over there as well. Quite interesting, but you're probably right a 66th comments won't change much, though I know your frustration when you have something to add and you can't. I usually just tell my cat, who knows no words, but has a great "are you kidding me?" kind of look.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Old Man Rich said...

Hit her back

2:59 AM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

I stated talking at 9 months, my sister at 18 months. As a certified language specialist (yes, I do A LOT), I would say that you shouldn't worry until she's about 18 months old. Then I would check with your doctor, who may tell you to wait a little longer. For now, make sure you're talking to her ALL THE TIME (which I'm sure you're doing already). Describe what you're doing, what you see, and even get her other senses involved. When you pass a brick wall, tell her that it's rough and red. Let her touch it. Do that with as many objects as possible. As a teacher, I'm sure you know all of this, but just in case, I'm always available.

5:56 AM  

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