Language Explosion

People aren’t kidding when they say a child’s language will increase exponentially towards the end of the second year.

Just a few months ago, I was concerned about Alex’s language development. Even though I claimed that I wasn’t, I was. Even though he was gaining a new word every so often, I was still worried.

But then? His language exploded. Once he hit about 19 months I found myself shocked every single day by what he was saying.

One morning I asked him, “What do you want for breakfast?”

And not only did he respond, he told me he wanted pancakes. And grapes. He had never said pancakes before that morning.

He tells me when he makes a mess now by saying “messy.” When he’s tired he lets me know by saying “night night.” When he wants the only meat he likes for dinner? He asks for it by name: “kielbasa” or, more often, “basa.”

When he is standing on a surface that he supposed to be sitting on? He says, “Sit down!” in a very stern voice. No idea where he got that voice from.

The playground is still the beatdown, penguins are still “waddle waddle” and apparently bugs “meow” even though he calls them “bug.”

He’s getting there. Two, and even three, word “sentences” are becoming more normal. When he says “Bye bye daycare!” or “Bye bye beatdown!” I smile. Every. Single. Time.

And when he asks for “more mwah!” at bedtime? My heart melts.

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12 thoughts on “Language Explosion

  1. I think we all worry like that, at least a little bit. But it sounds as though he is now thriving in the language department!

  2. I loved it when my kids would say “hold you” and lift their arms toward me. I’m pretty sure they meant “hold me.” πŸ˜€

  3. Its so cool when they start really being able to tell you whats on their minds, isn’t it? I love that he sternly tells himself to SIT DOWN when he’s standing on something!!!

  4. Sophia has only had three signs and four words for a long time. Today she just added “bye”. I can’t wait for a language explosion!!

    β€œmore mwah!” – That is SSOO cute! I’m melting just reading it. πŸ™‚

  5. It is such a fun time, hearing them discover new words! “More mwah” – what could be cuter than that?

  6. very cute πŸ™‚
    this post made me smile, remembering the feeling of joy I felt when Heidi started putting 2 and three words together… NOW? Good luck getting her to be quiet. ESPECIALLY before bed πŸ˜‰ hehe

    Btw – Heidi would never tell me night night. Ever. She never wants to sleep. I think she’s afraid she might miss some “life” action. I’m pretty sure where she got that from… it runs in both Dan & my families.. πŸ˜›

  7. Too cute!
    I worry about Evan’s language development, too. I hope he is right behind Alex and will explode any day now.

  8. This reminded me so much of when my son was a toddler. We used to call him the “quiet boy” because, while he was also “smiley boy,” he hardly said anything! But I began to see that his language development moved more in stair-step fashion than a continuing line of progress like my daughter. His language would level out for a while and then bam! Up a step or two.

    But don’t worry. My son won’t stop talking now!

  9. Aw, what a sweetie. It is rather incredible how it seems to happen overnight. And I remember loving that feeling that they could finally communicate better πŸ™‚

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