"Mommy, air addy go?"
Peeking from the kitchen, I see Laurel gazing out the living room window. She steadies herself on her tiptoes, hoping to get a glance of her father.
"Air addy go?" she repeats.
I walk to her answering, "Daddy went to work."
She turns around to look at me. "Addy ack car."
"Yes, daddy took the black car to work."
She starts bouncing, pivots back around to look out the window and yells, "Addy coming ome! Addy coming ome!"
"Sorry Baby, he's not coming home yet. He needs to work all day."
Laurel bounces on her toes as she absorbs this information. A few seconds go by, then her gaze swiftly turns upward. "Mommy, bird! Bird in sky!"
Laurel is definitely going through a language explosion. She barks out new words and phrases at an astonishing rate. I know I shouldn't compare my children, especially since boys and girls are so different from one another, but out of curiosity I skimmed a previous blog post about Ian's language development. At nineteen months, he was mostly saying single words and occasionally two word phrases. Laurel is seventeen months and says two and three word phrases all the time, with the occasional four or five word phrase. Thanks to parenting books and magazines, I knew girls' language developed at an earlier age. But experiencing it with my own children takes the understanding to a new level of appreciation.
Hmm, where did Laurel get her natural chattiness from? I'm guessing from her grandmas (both are social butterflies):
Laurel loves to gab with her dolly.