Raising a Blended Family

The things he understands

on June 20, 2014

Language is exploding around here. Spoken language, but also language comprehension. The former is adorable (seriously- the “tee goos” we get whenever we hand him anything- toddlerese for “thank you”- are killer cute, as are requests for “cah-ckers” [crackers] and entreaties phrased with “pease” [please]); however, the later is frequently mind-blowing. He constantly surprises us with the depth and breadth of his understanding, and we will often say things in jest to him, only to be bowled over when he shows us he understands.


“Pax, it’s night night time” resulted in him laying down right where he was, scrunching up his face, and squeezing his eyes closed… “pretend” sleeping.

“Pax, where is Mommy’s phone?”: he turned, ran out of the room, and came back with my phone which he had stashed somewhere and which I coudn’t find for the life of me.

-Same as the above, only substitute “sippy” for “phone”

-Telling him he needs a butt change either results in him running into his room and climbing onto his changing table, or (alternately) running and hiding… depending on what his little toddler heart feels like doing at the time.

-He “sings” along to songs now: he frequently singsongs “let it go, let it go” whenever Frozen comes on or just randomly, and he will sing along to his goodnight song we sing him, getting syllables, rhythm and cadence right even if he doesn’t know the exact words.

-He definitely knows what “no” and “uh-uh” means, but more often than not he chooses to ignore them… or repeat them back to us while grinning and doing whatever nono activity he was going to do anyways

-If you ask him if he wants dinner or is hungry, he will say “uh!” (his “yes” sound) and go get in his high chair.

-He knows what a park is, will point at it out the window, and get mad if you don’t park the car soon enough


And so. much. more.

At twenty months, this kid understands so much… I can’t believe how much he’s growing.


2 responses to “The things he understands

  1. Rachael says:

    I remember being just as astonished by all these things when Punky started language stuff. Now, she’s completely multiple sentences and having ‘conversations’ or telling stories! Its nuts to watch them with each new stage and I don’t think it ever gets less astonishing either!

  2. Lindsay says:

    We are in the same boat here and I continue to be AMAZED at all Evie comprehends. I love this language explosion phase!

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