Finally! It’s only taken twenty months but the word “Mummy!” escaped from Samuel’s lips on Friday 4th January 2008 and he hasn’t stopped saying it since! Hoorah! Sometimes it comes out as “me mum!” before repetition works it into “mummy!” but it’s very clear and in direct reference to me. Yippee!
Nanna and I took Sam to Meadowlands swimming that day and he was unusually clingy with me in the water. He wrapped himself around me and stuck on like a limpet. He happily played in the pool and Nanna and I took turns ferrying him around the baby pool. Whenever Nanna took him in her arms he would eagerly turn back to me, call for his mummy “me mum! mummy! mummy! mummy!” and lunge into the water, kicking and splashing to get to me.
Then it would be Nanna’s turn. Although he would glue onto my side, whenever Nanna tried to disappear into the main pool to do a few lengths he would yell “Nanna!” and demand that I find her for him again.
Since Bill left for Atlanta he’s also been searching the house looking and calling for him. When that didn’t uncover him he even ran into the bedroom and ransacked through all the bedding. We’ve been telling Sam that Daddy is at the office. Yesterday we had Bill on webcam and Sam spoke to him on the phone. Now, every time the phone rings Sam yells out “Dee da! Daddee! Daddee!” and thinks that it’s him calling. This morning Nanna and Grandad were on the phone to Mel and Sy and Sam heard their voices. He charged down the stairs and into the dining room, then before I could stop him he grabbed the phone in that room, started hitting buttons and shouting for his dee da again! I think Australia got cut off.
Sam now understands a lot of words but still seems to prefer to keep his voice to himself most of the time. I can’t remember what his first word really was but it was probably either dog, duck or book.
His girlfriend lives in his favourite book. She’s called Maisy Mouse and she likes to play hide and seek. He always asks for “Aisy” and loves to look for her behind all the flaps. On the last page she is hiding behind a door. He says “knock! knock!”, opens the door and is always incredibly happy to see Maisy smiling back.
“Knock! knock!” is now one of his favourite phrases. It’s heart wrenching come bedtime in Atlanta because when his nursery door is shut and he is left alone he will go to the door and persistently tap it while uttering “knock! knock!” in the most pitiful voice ever. It’s so hard to refuse him, especially when this gets followed by the appearance of little fingers waggling through the crack beneath the door, and then a collection of toys; train track, books, and blocks pushed through.
He’ll also use “knock! knock!” when he wants you to move something. If a toy gets lost beneath the sofa he will patiently stand and “knock! knock!” on the seat until you get the message.
Another current favourite word that he frequently uses and comes out very clearly is “yellow.” Bizarrely when Sam started saying this we were on the front porch painting and he did mean yellow. He could also say and distinguish “blue” and “green.” However, after a meal out in Milledgeville he got a bit confused when he got given a packet of crayons that only contained yellow ones while Maxx and Julia got an assortment. When all he would say was “yellow” the rest of the family then started calling all the crayons “yellow” and he hasn’t said any other colours since! All crayons are now “yellows.” During telephone conversations he delighted Nanna and Grandad by saying “yellow!” over and over again as he drew pictures on webcam, now it’s wonderful because they are getting to see this in person.
When Sam wants a banana that is obvious as he will repeat “nanee” until you comply. Nanna also tells me that Sam is now saying “orange” and “apple” and she can tell what he is asking for, still sounds like gibberish to me though but I’ll take her word for it.
Other Sam words:
naw nee naw nee [sound a fire engine or ambulance makes]
snap snap [crocodile or alligator]
choo choo [train]
tick tock [clock]
joose [thirsty, sippy cup, milk or water]
yes [can say, likes the sound, doesn’t necessarily use properly]