|Little Bug and some friends.|
Bug would undoubtedly like the metaphor; bulldozers follow closely behind backhoes as his favorite things on earth.
But I was thinking about that as I finally got to read his 24-month language assessment from the speech therapist: she rated his language skills as above average for his age. It's hard to remember that he was hardly talking at all at 20 months, 4 words and a lot of animal sounds. And hundreds of signs.
But I realized today how much he was listening all those months. I was reading a book to him, and he correctly identified all sorts of things I didn't know he had words for.
I turned the page. He did it again. "Oars, propeller, lighthouse."
"Wow, little guy, you sure know a lot of words."
"Little Bug talking!" he said, all proud.
He wasn't just talking. He had a meta-narrative about this whole process, a name for this as a developmental stage in contrast with a previous one. Talking. And, I suspect, he'd also been listening all those months when he wasn't to the conversations about him not talking. I guess this was his announcement that we are done with all that.
Then he added, "Little bug sitting on ottoman."