One day, our baby boy is going to grow up and talk a lot more. One day, he’s going to stop signing for ‘milk’, ‘please’, and ‘thank you’. One day, we won’t have to try to decipher what he’s trying to say, or think he’s going to be part of the New Zealand All Blacks doing the Haka, when he says, “Tah-too! Tah! Na-do-la-leh-la-lor?”
One day, he will learn to string together more than two words, and he will say, “I want this.” instead of “I want.” One day, he will say, “Milk please, mummy.” instead of signing the first two words, and saying “Mama, I want.” One day, he will use words instead of pointing, grunting and making random sounds, to tell us what he wants.
One day, he will be able to read on his own, and he will no longer shove books at me, asking me to read them to him, with his signature “I want.” request.
His current favourite book
Sleepy but still insistent that I read to him again
I’ve been trying to get Noah to speak more these days, and worrying, like most first-time mothers, that he has some undiagnosed speech developmental issues. Each time I ask him to repeat something after me, he stares at me, then shakes his head. (He’s not even two years old and already refuses to do what I say. Sigh.)
Then today, I read this post, The 10 Toddler Words I’ll Miss the Most, by the hilarious Ask Your Dad, and I remembered that I should treasure his “babyness” while it lasts, because one day, my baby is going to be a toddler/big boy (yes, I know he’s already a toddler, but I still like calling him my baby, okay?) and then, he’s going to start talking properly, and mispronounced words will be a thing of the past. Already he’s taken to calling me ‘mummy’ more frequently than ‘mama’ now, and I don’t quite know how to feel about that.
I’ve read him his favourite book, Pouch!, five times in a row today, and normally, I don’t like reading him the same book so many times in a row, because it’s so boring, but I was feeling sentimental, and indulged him. I know it’s going to be a long time more before he can actually read on his own, so today, I’m going to be thankful that my baby still wants me to read to him.
PS. Writing this post reminded me of the short story I read some time ago, If I Could Keep You Little. Do click on the link if you haven’t read it before! There’s a free e-book that you can download and read with your children. 🙂
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