Vocabulary List

I made a list of all the words that Alex knew last weekend, and it’s already out of date. He’s learning so fast that I can’t keep up.

Words He Could Say On Saturday

  • Bye
  • Ball (he can spot one a mile off)
  • Nana (banana)
  • Boo
  • Cheek (while pointing to his cheek, very cute)
  • Shoe
  • Row, row (meaning, shake me all about)
  • All gone (OK, it sounds like Caw Cah, but it means all gone)
  • Vroom, vroom (when he wants to pretend to drive a car)
  • Jes (his teddy bear)
  • Ta (as in thanks – but he says it when giving things away)
  • Mama (still a bit vague on who this is, but he pronounces it clearly enough)
  • Dada (likewise)
  • Yay (usually accompanied by clapping)
  • Up (more Uh, but the meaning is clear)
  • Down (OK, Duh, but he knows what he means)
  • [Uh-oh] (very cute)

New Words This Week

  • Peas (he caught sight of them cooking on the stove)
  • [Noo-noo] (his pronunciation is weak on this one)

Words he Understands

All of the above, plus:

  • Go outside (one of his earliest, and the signal to go stand by the front door. If he were a dog, he’d have his leash in his mouth.)
  • Nose
  • Ear
  • Eye
  • Tummy (he lifts his shirt and points, with a secret, confiding smile)
  • Head (he pats it)
  • Mouth
  • Knee (very ticklish)
  • Foot
  • No (understands, yes. obeys, no.)
  • Big Hug (he pats you on the back when he hugs you. There, there…)
  • Clap, clap
  • Splash, splash

He doesn’t use them in the midst of a stream of private-language words the way his cousin Tom did. His words tend to be stand-alone affairs, interspersed with discrete sections of babbling.

What fun!