Music to my ears.
Ivan is talking. I mean non-stop! He took so long to really get in on the conversation but now he's quite the communicator. He doesn't get all of it and is still difficult to understand on occasion but most of the time I can tell what he wants or needs. Just now he was calling me saying..."mommy! aiger! mommy! aiger!" I said "tiger?" and he said "no aiger!" I stood up to see what he was referring to and he had a book with a picture of an alligator. So he was saying alligator.
Yesterday we were in the van on the way to Home Depot. I stopped at the traffic light and waited for it to turn green. I heard Ivan from the back saying..."why you top? why you top?" with his brow all furrowed. I explained that I stopped because when the light is red you are supposed to stop and let the other cars have a turn. "Oh" was his reply. I sat there and looked at him a few seconds and thought, how many times I had seen that furrowed brow but no question with it. It's amazing how language can unlock doors for you.
This afternoon he picked up a toy that Aron dropped and as he handed it back to him he exclaimed in a very mommy like tone, "you happy now." How similar he must feel to have a way to express himself beyond tears, points, grunts and raised eyebrows. You happy now Ivan?
I doubt that he will remember much about our trip to Florida and New Orleans but I enjoyed his perspective on all that he took in. At two and about 5 months Ivan is becoming very animated and fun to be around. His vocabulary is growing daily and I am understanding much more. He prays at bedtime and at dinner by repeating what we say and he pronounces almost all the syllables. He is slowly but surely relinquishing screams of frustration for words of request for help. He is becoming a big boy and I am enjoying it.
Today for the first time we are wearing big boy underwear. We have yet to make it to the potty but it's only day one. He has seven pair of Elmo underwear that he picked out himself on Saturday. He is on pair number four right now.
He cracks us up in the car with his observations and the way he is insistent on what is happening around him. When he sees a train track he insists there is a train coming and will holler "Choo-choo" for a good 5 minutes. It's too hard to describe the sound of his choo-choo. It sounds like a sick dog or something.
He loves doing whatever Owen is doing and if Owen laughs at him it is the biggest joy to him. He loves to please his big brother. He is also his own person in that if he strongly disagrees with Owen he will not bend. His will is strong and he is happy to play on his own if he cannot convince Owen to do what he's doing.
Ivan loves to point out the train tracks, or cain cacks as he refers to them. Saturday morning was no exception as we drove through Lakewood en route to Hendersonville to pick up Owen. He shouted from behind me, "Cain Cacks!" then as we crossed them he noticed where the tracks reappeared on the other side of a building on the other side of the road. "I hee it mommy! I hee it!" I acknowledged his discovery and said, "Yes, I see it too. I want you to say, ssssee it. SSSSS. I see it."
There was a pause and I said again. "I see it."
He quickly responded, "I hee it too."
He is still painfully hard to understand, but Ivan has officially graduated to full sentences in the last few weeks. Just a moment ago he came sliding down the stairs after his little Buzz Lightyear action figure. He grabbed the wayward toy and then turned to me. "Moey, Bu ah gow kar." Which translates to "Mommy, Buzz fall down stairs." That's about the longest grouping of words I've heard him use. I'm finally noticing some patterns too. Like all "T" words start with the "K" sound...Train Tracks are Kane Kacks. All "S" and "F" words start with the "H" sound...Hello Sunshine is Hewo Hunhine, and Frog is Hog. All "D" words start with the "G" sound... Doggy is Goggy. This really does help me to understand him and though I don't want to encourage the misuse of the sounds I do want to know what he's saying. I usually repeat back to him what I think he said until I get it right and then he gets so excited. He wants so badly to be understood. Sweet little guy.
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