The moment my Little Jedi turned one, I’ve been anticipating his first words. I can already imagine hearing “Mami” for the first time. I have even planned out how I can capture that moment. At eighteen months, Lucas still hasn’t said anything audible except for “Deedee” which meant pacifier. Of course this first time Mami was worried. I voiced out my worries to his pedia and I guess I was already influencing her. She was insistent though that we wait it out. Maybe the little boy is just a little delayed.
Here’s the thing, Lucas is really Little Mr. Independent. If he can do it, he’ll do it on his own. If he’s thirsty, he’ll open the fridge (yes, he pulls the door with the hand towel tied on the door) and grab a bottle of Yakult or yogurt milk. If he wants water and he sees his glass on top of the table, he’ll reach for it. The observant and intuitive Mami that I am always figures out what he wants and helps him. Doc said that these could be the reasons why he isn’t saying much words: 1. He’s independent, 2. I don’t give him the chance to voice out what he wants.
At 21 months, when Lucas still hasn’t spoken much words, I was REALLY getting worried. You know the times when your mind is on hyperdrive and it suddenly jumps to a conclusion five years from the present? I was that worried. Doc took me back to the present and said that Lucas is showing no signs of having difficulty in hearing because he responds to his name. She said that the signs are inconsistent so she still did not recommend us to see a developmental pedia. She did say that we might want to limit his use of phones and tv watching. She also recommended one show for Lucas to watch: Barney. Ugh. That purple androgynous dinosaur. (Hey, it’s purple and its name IS Barney)
Against my better judgment, we got Lucas one show. Just one. The alphabet show. We really limited Lucas’ iPhone time to meal time only and he only watched the Barney alphabet show. Right around this time, Lucas started attending Gymbo classes also.
In just two months, Lucas has become more responsive, more sociable and has spoken a lot more words. Surprisingly, the first few words that he uttered were the animals from the Barney alphabet episode. I have to admit, I was annoyed at the show at first, but it was a really good show. We have even ended up singing the songs to Lucas.
I am extremely happy to see these milestones and how fast he’s able to catch up. Who would have thought that a purple androgynous dinosaur and his other dinosaur friends will help my little boy’s verbal skills?
Lucas, in a few years you’ll probably get to read this and deny Mami’s claim that you like this purple androgynous dinosaur. You have to accept it, Anak. He really did taught you your first words. You even learned these words before “Mami” and “Dadi”. Here are some of the words that you can say at 24 months.
- Bee – “B” (the letter)
- Ssssshi – C
- Ber – bird
- Owl – owl
- Caooh – car
- Awua – agua (for water)
- fsshh – fish
- oohwah – one
- tooo – two
- pwi – three
- foh – four
- haaa – five
- apoo – airplane
- up – up
- taooh – down
- iggle iggle – tickle tickle
- mum mum – Mama (I think)
- Papa – what he calls Mike. Mike still prefers “Dad” though
- Dee dee – pacifier
- boh – ball
- tahr – star
You can also make the monkey, dog, owl, snake and lion sounds when I ask you. Cutest would be your monkey sound.
These are just some of the words that you can mumble now. You have more but these are on top of my mind. Mami is really so happy and so proud of you right now. You’re getting there and Mami is right here beside you along the way. 🙂