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Rowan speaks
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Rowan's spoken vocabulary has started increasing exponentially. In just the past week I've gone from cautiously acknowledging certain sounds as "words" to admitting that he actually has a vocabulary.

Rowan now says, in order of acquisition:
no (as well as "no...", "NO!", "no *headshake*", "nonononono!", and possibly "no, mama")
yeah (and "yes", to a lesser extent)
donut
tree
baby
book
toast
shoes
cracker
hat

He still generally makes requests by pointing vaguely in the direction of the object (or where-ever he believes it is) and going "aeeeihh?", but he's started requesting crackers and toast by name, not just saying "toast toast toast" to himself when he's given some. It's pretty cool.
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Those first words are the best, aren't they?

So exciting! I keep being told that I'll soon be wishing he would just be quite for three seconds in a row, but for now it's great.

YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY TEACH HIM TO SAY POPSICLE, BECAUSE IT IS THE CUTEST THING EVER. IT IS SO CUTE IT MAKES ME CAPSLOCK AT YOU. D:

Please consider before you teach our future children this word that we don't even have the product over here.

They're ridiculously easy to make though. Tasty liquid + sticks + ice cube tray or small plastic cups + freezer = popsicles. Better for you, and often tastier, than the cheap, commercially-produced ones, too.

Oh, we do have stuff like that here (and I often made frozen yoghurt like that myself), it just doesn't have the brandname. We call it "water-ice" which says everything about the quality of the stuff you can buy ;)

Ha! I didn't even know that it was a brand name. The word "popsicle" has been kleenexed*.

* Which is a joke about the genericisation of trade marks, Kleenex being the first well-known English trade mark to enter general usage. Also, verbing nouns is inherently amusing to me.

Funny enough brands of tissues seem to be prone to this. Here in Germany "Tempo" is equally in meaning with "paper tissue" (and therefore by law the company had to give up their trademark).

And it even fits to your original subject! When I was a bit older than Rowan now, "Tempo" was one of my first words. When I got really distressed, I had crying fits, which could not be helped by anything but waiting until I sniffed and said "Tempo" (to blow my nose with). That was the sign that the storm was over and you could approach me again.

My uncle who babysat me one day, and who is fluent in Italian, didn't know this, though, thought I meant "more speed" and started to run around in the room with me like mad, which only made me cry more.

Good times xD

There will be video! Just as soon as he can handle three-syllable words with different vowels.

Aha! Finally, now's my chance to teach him "fuckface".

At the moment it'll just come out as "fafa". Not much longer before we start hearing ourselves parroted back at inconvenient moments, though...

It's amazing how fast he's learning! Though I guess it does that, grows exponentially... it seemed like a few days ago we were all excited that he was saying "no".

Well, maybe more like a few weeks. Which would be true. Aaah!

I know. It passes so quickly despite seeming like so long in the moment.

All fun foods are now, apparently "crackers". Everything else is "no".

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