In the past few weeks, Hurricane has become more and more verbal. He has happily slapped "paw-paw's bebly" and ran from "Bama's bad fee!"
As with the signs he learned from us, most of his words have to do with food.
"Ok, I'll make you dinner."
As I start compiling the makings of grilled cheese with his hummus dip, he frowns and tugs at my pant leg.
"Man and teese!"
"Mac and cheese?"
"Man and teese! Man and teese!" He claps his hands pleased with being able to express his wants.
In the morning I am woken to his pleas for 'ceeerrreaahhhllll!'
In the afternoon it's 'ha dog' or 'peeba and ehhllly'.
My favorite is his hopeful request for a cookie.
Recently after being handed one cookie, he looked mournfully at his empty hand. He then turned his ever wanting face to mine.
I was so pleased that our practice with counting (which consist of me repeating the numbers 1 through 10 over and over again while he ignores me and shoves blocks into Cat's face) that I happily handed him another.
But not that pleased.
One night as we read together he put his hand to my mouth.
"I go nigh-nigh?"
I was shocked! Normally he regards his bedtime as a joke his father and I play on ourselves. As if he would actually go to sleep when there are so many far interesting things to do and climb.
As he still had 5 minutes before we commenced his normal, and laughable, bedtime routine, I gently told him not yet.
That is the precise moment my child was possessed.
He lowered his sweet face, stuck out his lower lip, raised his eyes and in his most growly voice to date replied,
"I GO NIGH-NIGH!"
He was in bed within 2 minutes.
Today, again, I was given the opportunity to question the wisdom in teaching him to speak.
We were waiting as the mechanic finished up the oil change on our van.
He spotted a pretty woman in the corner and smiled.
She smiled and returned his wave.
Feeling brave, he moved closer.
Before I could fully realize what he was after, he had begun to lift her shirt.
The woman laughed and managed to keep her shirt down but my face is still red.