I’ve got one kid who is an absolute motormouth, and one – just about 16m – who can say about 5 fully-formed words and maybe 15 half-formed words. Baby, who is heads above where her older sister was in the vocal department, is probably on the cusp of talking for real. Unlike her sister, she’ll probably be saying phrases long before she turns two (actually, she can already say, “hi daddy” … but I mean many phrases).
In the meantime, it’s a real guessing game as to what she’s saying. You know what I feel like we’re doing all day long?
Playing baby charades.
Am I right?! When she’s not using one of her very few words, she makes a grunt or “ooh! ooh!” noise while pointing in the general direction of what she wants.
“Do you want to go upstairs?”
“Do you want that duckie?”
“Are you looking for Anna?”
“Do you want to go look for the doggie next door?”
“What? What?! What?!”
Sometimes we narrow it down … and sometimes we don’t. At that point we just distract her and try not to cry about our defeat.
(I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty terrible at charades, baby or otherwise.)
Somehow Toddler is extremely confident about what her little sister wants, even when I know she’s completely wrong. Such as when Baby is pointing to the bathroom and Toddler says, “She wants to pee in the toilet!” Well, she might be right, but I think Baby really just wants to go unroll the toilet paper or try to break into our baby-proofed cabinets – or who knows what. But it’s highly amusing to hear Toddler’s attempt to win charades! (She would lose first, I’m pretty sure.)
Thank goodness this phase only lasts so long. I’m no good at this game. Give me baby word interpreting any day over charades! Three more months of this? (*crossing fingers*)
How do you fare at playing baby charades?