Over the past few weeks, the Vachette has undergone what I would call a lexical language explosion. I added the adjective lexical because, though her language skills feel like their expanding on an exponential level, her utterances remain one-worded. She is not combining words yet, nor is she adding any modifiers to her nouns.
But man, are those nouns making themselves understood. She is quite good with names for people. She has made the transition from mama to mommy, and she has mastered the names for each of her grandparents. Even though she has minimal screen time*, she can identify many Sesame Street characters, even when they are not in their usual context, like our Bert and Ernie Christmas tree ornaments.
And my little gourmand knows her food terms. Apple, milk, bread, pear, water, cracker, egg, etc. She even overgeneralizes, using “berry” to refer to all small things that are sweet, like clementines, yogurt bites, and pieces of chocolate.
Her words can also be puzzling. Sometimes we are left perplexed by her requests and observations – her stump speeches are still completely unintelligible – but we have managed to decipher her words for raisins and diapers, which are “money” and “boppy” respectively.
Despite her parents’ efforts to expose her to French and Greek, the Vachette’s first foreign words have been in Spanish. She managed to put her toy laptop in Spanish mode and she likes to repeat some of the number words. See below:
*With the exception of travel, the Vachette’s screen time has been kept to watching Sesame Street clips on youtube when Mommy has to clip a squirming young lady’s finger and toe nails.