First of all:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Almost 21 month old Aaron is still not big into talking. He's just started singing his own little songs and is very good to copy anything we tell him to say: "Aaron, say 'I love you!'" and he responds with the exact same tone, tune and number of syllables, "Da da da!" Perfect! Except for the actual words.
He only says one name: Da-dee. He screams it with glee when he hears the key in the front door. He shouts it when he is rushing to show Greg something neat. "Da-dee!! I love you enough to say your name over and over perfectly! And I DO! And I WILL!!"
Ma-ma, on the other hand? Not so much. A few months ago he went through a week or two where he would complain "mamamamama" but since then he never ever makes an M sound except when he comes in the kitchen and sees I'm busy, and therefore must be cooking or baking something, "Mmmm-mmmmm!" he hums, with his little eyebrows raised.
It's exciting though, as he is just starting to say "words" on his own that we haven't tried to get him to say. The other day, after he threw his diaper in the trash he started clapping for himself and then said, "Dah-doe!" Which was obviously "Bravo!" as they use this in Polish and he hears it all the time. Last night we went for a walk in the neighborhood to look at lights (there are more than I expected!) and walking along the sidewalk he would let us know every time the sidewalk dipped down and back up where driveways go in with an "uuuuuunnn." And I would say Aaron, say,"down!" to which he would reply proudly,"uuuuunn!" Then, "Aaron, say "Up!" to which he would reply with the same knowing smile, 'Uuuuuunn!" always pronounced in a scale from low to high. And he says, "La-low" for flower, "daw" for ball, and maybe a handful of other words, mostly "da" based.
There is one thing he says, though, that is more than impressive. Whenever he has a smelly diaper, or is about to have a smelly diaper, he looks at me and says, "European Union." Or comes looking for me and, once I've been found, holds up his hands and asks, "European Union?" meaning, "will you please change my stinker bummers."
I'm not sure exactly what kind of opinion he is expressing. The rest of us are rather pleased than not about Poland's fairly recent membership in the European Union. Still he insists on associating this intergovernmental, supranational system* with his body waste.
Well, I do have one theory as to why this might be. We have always said, "Oooooweeeeee!" when we smell them (I think it's part of what got Evie and David potty trained pretty early on). Aaron used to come to me and say, "Oooooweeee!" But has recently switched to his European Union. So I think maybe this is more because of his mix up of our old declaration when he stinks than any sort of political assertion. Yes, I'm pretty sure that must be what it is.
Oh, and I should mention, as this might be confusing, that he doesn't actually say the whole thing out, "European Union!" (I told you he's short on words) He abreviates it to "EU". But I know that's what he means because every time he comes to me calling "Eeeeeeooooooo!!!" I ask him, "European Union?" and he always gives a huge smile and follows me to our diaper changing spot on the floor.
* Don't worry, I just found these terms on Wikipedia. I don't know what they mean either, I just like how they sound.