Communicating! 

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Linnea has gone from 0 words to having 5 “words” over the past week or 10 days. It’s mind blowing. “Mama” is the only clear one, but she also says “caa” (cat), “gog” (dog), “ga-gar” (Dar dar, for Darwin), and “ba ba” (bye bye, complete with a wave). She also signs “milk” and “more,” and I regularly have to remind myself that she understands what I’m saying even if she doesn’t have the ability to answer verbally. For example, Rachel discovered that if we warn her that we’re going to wipe her nose, she is much more compliant than if we just swoop in with a tissue. It’s exciting to feel like we’re actually able to communicate in the same language. Now I just can’t wait until she can tell me why she’s crying!

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  1. lkway says:

    The wave is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

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    1. buggleboo says:

      It’s pretty perfect! 😀

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    2. Lemon Drop says:

      I looooooove waving. I had forgotten it was a milestone so when our second started doing it, it was the most charming surprise ever all over again. So great.

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      1. buggleboo says:

        Right? I had kind of forgotten too. And I looooove that it now comes with “ba ba.” So gratifying haha.

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  2. Amy says:

    Amazing! Talking is such an exciting stage…

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    1. buggleboo says:

      It is! I’ve been waiting and waiting for this! Haha

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      1. Amy says:

        She seems so young for it! I didn’t anticipate Avery to start using words until at least a year

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        1. buggleboo says:

          Yeah it’s apparently early. Darwin said her first word (kitty) on her 8 month birthday so I didn’t realize that wasn’t common. But i think Linnea is going to be like I was with my big sister, trying to do everything she does just to keep up!

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          1. lkway says:

            Talking is one of those milestones thatseems very context dependent. There’s all the research on the word gap and it is hard to study language development in a truly comprehensive way, but I’m totally not surprised Linnea’s going for it- between having an older sibling, two parents who are good communicators, lots of books/music in the home, not to mention a college education for parents and good nutrition! When I first started working with littles I was very surprised at how “late” many of them started talking- totally a result of my contexts.

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          2. buggleboo says:

            Tell me more about the “word gap”?

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          3. lkway says:

            it is very interesting! By age 3, children from more educated families (definition varies by study) hear on average thirty million words than children in less educated families, and there are findings regarding the complexity and usage of words that show benefits for more educated families as well. Since repetition and exposure is necessary for mastery, littles from “less educated” (again, definitions) families are coming in to prek and kindergarten with a pretty huge disadvantage already…especially when you look at the connections between oral language and literacy skills, and then literacy skills as a predictor of academic success.

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          4. buggleboo says:

            Ohh yeah this is ringing a bell – I think we had this conversation when Darwin was small, haha.

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          5. lkway says:

            I checked my journal- she was about nine months old. 😛

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          6. buggleboo says:

            Hahahaha sooo yeah. Our kids, man.

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