I think every parent dreams of this day: realizing you can talk with, not just at, your child. I used to tell Jon when Jack was a baby: I’d rather have a kid who talks than a kid who walks. Well, they both walked first, but I realized recently that I also have two talkers. Frankly, it’s gotten pretty chatty around here!
At Gracie’s 18-month appointment (1 month late… #secondchild), her doctor said he likes to see a handful of words at this age. I told him I quit counting after she hit 100.
It feels too obvious, but one day I realized that asking a question elicited an intelligible response. What a game changer for choosing clothes and breakfast foods. Took the guesswork out of potty stops and diaper changes. And it gave a peek into their personality–their preferences and dislikes.
It can also be hilarious and/or maddening.
With Grace, conversations are utilitarian: meeting needs, etc. I love to hear her ask for “wadoe” (water), “ohnge” (orange), or “nana” (banana). And hearing “Beese! Ah doe!” (please and thank you) warms my heart.
With Jack, conversations are a bit more complex, now that he’s almost three.
A recent conversation with Jack:
Me: It’s time for Mommy to make dinner. [Please tell me I’m not the only one who talks about myself in the third person. Around my kids, I mean.]
Jack: Mac and cheese.
Me: We had that for lunch yesterday buddy. We have that a lot.
Jack (like a tyrant): MAC AND CHEESE! MAC AND CHEESE!
Me: No! My lord, you cannot have that for every meal!
Jack: You’re not my Lord.
What a humbling moment, right? Later, we double-checked and asked Jack who his Lord was. “Daddy!” he exclaimed without a moment’s hesitation. We’ve got a bit further to go, apparently.
Of course, the sweetest part is how they talk to each other. Jack calls her “peanut girl” or “sweetheart,” and Gracie shouts “Dack! Dack!” until she has his attention.
Yes, I love hearing my kids’ vocabulary develop and their conversational skills expand. I love discovering who they are as people and who God made them to be. What a privilege to be their parents.