8.12.2010

My Big Talker!

Charlie has had a language explosion and it is so fun to see I just had to share it with you.  I am in love with him being able to tell me so much. He is teething again (ugh), the canines on top so super painful.

He was up in the night (3:30am) two nights ago  and we had this hilarious conversation. It went like this (after I gave him teeth meds)- I said "are you cold?" b/c his arms feel cold. "Brr" he replies so I put a long sleeved shirt on him. While doing this he says, "I want a snack." I laugh and say "Okay, you didn't have a great dinner. Just a quick piece of bread and then back to bed." We go to the kitchen. As we walk downstairs, he says "where's daddy?" I say "night night and so is the dog and that is what you are going to do after your bread." We go upstairs with the bread and sit on the floor (he is out of the nursery so no rocking chair, but still in crib so no bed to sit on; this is where we read books at night).  He says " I want a story." I say, "its time for night night after your bread; it isn't time for a story. Eat your bread" He proceeds to eat his bread and after every bite makes these hilarious exaggerated "mmm, mmm" sounds like this is the best thing he's ever ate his whole life.  Next, he catches a view of a picture from the hopsital on his dresser right after he was born. He says "baby." I say "yes; baby Charlie. He wants you to go night night too." How funny is that?! He has never really talked in the night before and, of course, I find it so fun to know what his little mind is thinking.

He never ceases to crack me up with his observations!  Last night I told him it was time to go to bed.  Normally he happily goes upstairs.  This time he said "No.  I want trucks.  Play."  He even impresses me by not minding! lol  (I have an undergrad as speech path and even though I never practiced, I have always encouraged language to avoid frustration and challenging behaviors so I was super impressed he told me instead of throwing a fit.  Of course, we still went to bed, but I think I gave him one more minute or something).

He is also loving letters and singing the alphabet.  The Lett.er Facto.ry movie by Leap Frog is $10 at Target and such a good one for those around two.  It is one of the few movies we watch at home.  There is also a fridge magnet game for $20 by them and each time you put the letter in, like a puzzle, it sings a song about what letter it is and what sound it makes (the same song as the video).  I think it was a good investment, but you know what started him so thrilled by letters?  Super cheapy foam ones that go in the bathtub and stick to the wall!  I pulled them out about five new at a time (in order) and he immediately wanted to know their names (as with everything these days).  "What's that?" he constantly asks.  Now he knows "A, B, C, D, K, O" and a few more I can't think of.  He has been taking them to the pool with him all month, even towing them in his dump truck and packing them into his little backpack with his diapers!  He loves pointing out all the "o"s while we drive that he sees on signs etc.  Brilliant!  Thanks for letting me take a minute to brag on my little smartie!  Did I mention he is only 22 months!

P.S. Camera is still missing, grrr, but trust me when I tell you I have put on 30 lbs and the baby kicks hard (he/she is 2 lbs now, HUGE!)  I am up for an hr or two every night just wide awake with some craziness going on in my belly!  :)  Dh just slept all night with his hand on my belly and I know he is just smiling in his sleep.  We are both amazed by how strong the baby is getting!

11 comments:

Second Chances said...

I remember Mikey watching the letter factory movie and he learned his letter super quick! It's a good one and one I'll have to dig out again...happily! So cute Charlie's little conversations. I love that age! Enjoy!

Kaitlin @ More Like Mary said...

Yay for language! Good job Charlie!

Olya said...

we LOVE both letter factory and foam letters. I used the letters to keep Rachael busy while she was learning to go on the potty around 16 months. We also looked at bathroom stuff and learned what was what and named body parts. She is 19 mo, but talks like a 2yo. Never underestimate the power of potty training :) :)

allyouwhohope said...

So adorable!! I'm filing all these tips away for when C is a little older (but goodness.. not too much older. I'm sure it'll be here before I know it!).

Brenda @ Life As We Know It said...

Awww,he's still so sweet and cute when he talks to you:) Maggie has a great vocab too, and the sass to go with it!

And I LOVE the name Charlie! It's on our list of boy names. But I don't like Charles. Is he a Charles? Would it be weird to make his formal first name just Charlie?

Little JoAnn said...

Hey, big talker. Love to hear these stories. Great to be able to see and hear what is on his mind and in his heart. You guys sound like you are having a lot of fun and learning fast!
Can't wait to hear more about Charlie's adventures. Love the night time bread break! How fun and sweet. Keeping your suggestions close at hand for Baby Adorable. So happy to hear about your little kicker too!

I love your blog!

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

I love The Letter Factory!!! And the Word Factory! I need to get the magnet set and the foam letters. Go Charlie!

Brenda, I would do "Charles" officially to give him the choice later on. He might not want to be an adult with something that sounds like a nickname. Just my thoughts. Great name, though!!!

mrsblondies said...

How adorable! Great tips; thanks for sharing.

Thankful said...

So sweet!

Jill said...

Those stories are hilarious! I espeically love picturing Charlie say "mmmm mmmm" after each bite of bread - so dramatic! You've got a very sweet little guy there. You need to find that camera or take one with your phone or something - I've got to see that cute belly.

Hope you have a nice, relaxing weekend!

Awaiting a Child of God:) said...

I could sit all day and just listen to a little one talk. I love it! I love hearing how happy you are. Glad to hear baby is doing well. Find the camera woman!