Over the past two weeks, the Vachette’s language development really has taken off. Her first two-word utterance “more cheese” was a fitting request for a girl who was born in Switzerland. She has since used this “more” + another noun structure interchangeably with an assortment of nouns. More milk. More book. Not all of her desires are heeded. She often asks for “more Bert”, but I do my best to limit her non-interactive screen time.(We watch classic Bert and Ernie clips on youtube when it’s time for her mani-pedi. The things one must do to get a toddler to sit still.)
Shortly thereafter came her first noun/verb two word sentence : Boppy* stinks. She said this right after it was olfactorily apparent she needed a diaper change ASAP. The Vachette must have liked my reaction — I found her accurate description of the situation quite funny — because she then started pairing the verb “stinks” with multiple names like Nana stinks, Mommy stinks, Abbie stinks, Mammy stinks, Papa stinks, etc. I’ve tried encouraging her to say her uncle stinks, but she has not been as cooporative as I would like.
As we’ve been enjoying her new communication skills, the Vachette blindsided us with a complete three word sentence: I did it! One evening Niko and I were catching up on various household matters while the Vachette played independently in the room with us. She managed to pry apart her toy orange (it’s part of a set that is comparable to this) and screamed out with pride “I did it!” A phrase that she now happily repeats all the time. She has also added “I got it” to her repertoire.
Discussions of universal grammar aside, isn’t language development amazing?
* Boppy is the Vachette’s word for diaper.