Abner is becoming quite the talker. She must be up at about 40 words by now. I have no idea if this is a lot for her age, but it seems quite a lot to me. Each word she adds to her rapidly expanding repertoire brings a smile to my lips. Mono-syllabic or otherwise, each one is an accomplishment worthy of a little cheer.
To date these are the ones she's mastered: bee, bum, shoes, hi, mum, mama, dada, done, baby, knee, up, down, again, back pack, coco (cookie), bed, phone, sit down, apple, nana (banana), cheese, gramma, grampa, me, dat (that), table, bumbo, milk, more, out, soo-soo (soother), car, house, hot, pee-pee, chair, pea, bye-bye, go, ball, boat, book, and a bunch of names (her cousins, daycare lady and a few friends' names).
What amazes me most is how few of these are true baby talk. She doesn't just shorten regular words or just use the first letter instead of the whole word. For the most part, she's able to enunciate and clearly state the word she's saying. But perhaps that's just my Mommy Interpreter kicking in.
Last weekend, she learned the best word yet - her own name.
We'd been working on it for ages and she could handle each part of it on its own, but stubbornly refused to connect the two. All of a sudden the light bulb went on the other day while she was in the bath and she put the pieces together all by herself --"Ah-bee".
Seriously, there's nothing cuter than hearing your child say her own name for the first time.