So Baby-Bug will be 17 months old next week and his language is really blossoming lately! It's funny to watch because the more words he learns, the more his older brothers seem to notice him. Suddenly he is finding himself included in the game more often than not.
Right now the big boys have three favorite activities involving Baby-Bug. The first is lining up at one end of the hallway and telling Baby-Bug "Say Go!" Then when Baby-Bug says "Go!" the big boys run to the opposite end of the hall as fast as they can. The three of them can do this over and over and over again. The second popular past time is dog piling on each other. The boys rotate who is on the bottom and take turns stacking up on top of each other, for some reason this is hilariously funny to everyone. The third and most recent addition to the bugs' play time is a sort of repeat after me game. The big boys will take turns asking Baby-Bug "can you say (insert word here)?" and Baby-Bug will repeat the word back to them (or at least make an earnest attempt.) When Baby-Bug successfully repeats the word, all three boys break out in applause.
So far his words include "Hot," "Bye-Bye," "Hi," "Nigh-Night," "Ma-Ma," "Da-Da," "Ready," "Go," "Hey!" "What?" "Why?" "Whereda-Go?" "Hereda-Go," "Ow" "Tiggle-Tiggle (tickle-tickle)" and of course, "Uh-Oh!" My favorite word of his is "What" because he pronounces it so perfectly and really knows how to use it at an appropriate time. It is so painfully adorable when I call out to him and he responds right back to me "What?" haha
Baby-Bug has taken a real interest in animal sounds lately as well. His favorite animal is a dog - whenever he sees one he gets so excited and immediately starts barking :) He has also started to imitate a duck saying "Whack-Whack" and even flapping his elbows like a bird wing. This evening he made a good attempt at cock-a-doodle-do but it came out a little more like "Gogga-do-DO!" :) I am also pretty sure he said "Ca-Ca" for cookie yesterday, because he said it twice and pointed to the plate of cookies on the counter each time, but it may have been a coincidence. I will have to see if he does it again.
It's so much fun to watch his personality peek through a little more and a little more. He is such a cutie pants, but also such a sneaky little guy! He definitely keeps me on my toes :)