Every other day, I find myself writing these long, boring posts about Isaac’s language and cognitive development — mostly because having trained as a linguist, I find the whole process of language acquisition very fascinating. Apart from a few big milestones, I certainly didn’t observe Isaac’s gross or fine motor development quite as much.
And! At 26.5 months, Isaac can now say at least 250 words! Which is quite astonishing considering that he spoke around 40 words two months ago and only just reached 100 words a month ago. In fact, he now says up to 10 or 15 new words a day (many of which he probably already knew but never had the occasion to say out loud). Of the 250 words, around half are nouns (include about 15 species of flower names and random words like ‘confetti’, ‘whirlpool’, ‘gear’), he has close to 60 verbs and 30 adjectives and a smattering of prepositions, numbers, pronouns, adverbs and other functional phrases. (It also includes the only and only Chinese phrase “不要“) At this point, while it’s still fun to track the new lexical words, the linguist in me is looking out for pronouns, articles, more abstract prepositions, and of course eventually the use of number and tense.
It is also quite amazing how he is now quickly forming new sentences and structures without us having us explicitly model them for him. The longer sentences are not grammatically accurate yet but it’s reassuring to see how quickly he’s piecing things together!
And the last development which had us quite surprised is how much he actually remembers. A couple of weeks ago, I told him a story about a mother cat dying (a bit morbid, but I was trying to weave in a lesson about crossing the road safely), and weeks later, he would ask for that story. Then, a second incident was when he started telling us “Gong gong carry Isaac see old windmill airport”, which got us very curious, until we found out from my parents that they indeed brought him to see an old windmill at the airport when they picked me up from my work trip to China, last November! That’s an incident from 8 months ago and we haven’t spoken about it in between! Then most most amazingly a couple of days ago, he saw a picture in his book which looked like a toy he had when he was one, but of a different colour. So I told him, oh this looks like Mr Squishy, do you remember what colour Mr Squishy was? And he could answer, yellow! We threw away this particular about a year ago, so that was the last time he saw it. So Isaac has been noticing and remembering things way before he spoke!
This is really such a lovely lovely age — everyday, Isaac surprises us with new demands “Papa play piano!” and new learning “Yellow gear turn orange gear” (um, a bit of an engineer in the making like his Daddy!) I don’t think I have ever imagined parenthood to be such fun, and so fulfilling, and I am grateful everyday for this happy and healthy little one =)