1 year, 8 months, 19 days old
Things have been a little quiet on the language learning front this week. Arwen’s had a cold, which has meant she hasn’t been her usual, never-even-pausing-for-breath self. She has learnt the words “cough” and “sneeze” though, so every cloud. It’s made her calpol habit even more worryingly obvious though…
There seem to have been two key areas she’s focused on language-wise this week: animal noises and numbers. The animal noises are great; turning over a page in a book to hear an excited “MOO!” is always hilarious, and watching and listening to her attempt at a pig noise, a sound that resembles a pig that’s dealing with a particularly nasty asthma attack, is a thing of beauty. It turns out that there a quite a few animals whose noises I’m unsure of though (badger, lemur, hippo anyone?) so any we’re unsure of seem to make the same generic “raaah” noise. Once she cottons on to that, lord knows what I’ll end up doing.
In terms of counting, she’s quite confident with the numbers one to four when you hold up the relevant amount of fingers in front of her, and sometimes gets five, though that often becomes “wee”. I have no idea why. Also, every number from six to ten can also be “wee”. We’ve not tried any further than that. There’s only so many wees a parent can take.
One thing that I’ve been finding fascinating which will probably be of no interest to anybody else (which is why I’m cunningly placing this paragraph right in the middle. Never start or end on a meh.) is that Arwen has suddenly started getting the hang of plurals. She added an s to the end of some nouns a few times last week, but seems to have really got the hang of when to do it this week. Like I said, fascinating to me, if nobody else. On to more interesting things, like her Scouse accent.
So this Scouse accent has appeared, but only for certain words. The “k” on the end of “book” sometimes sounds as though she’s attempting to clear a large blockage (probably made of cheese, given her culinary habits) from the back of her throat. She also learnt “burp” this week, (my bad!) which is pronounced “beerp”. Neither of us have a clue where this pronunciation has come from as she doesn’t really spend much time around Scousers. Bizarre. She also always chooses to whisper the word “dark”, no matter how you say it. Apparently you have to be quiet after you turn the lights out. Unless you’re playing “Where’s That Vehicle”, obviously.
One last thing: her two word phrases have mainly consisted of “more Daddy” this past fortnight, but this week we went one further, teaching her to say “I am Groot” and therefore making us officially the best parents ever.