Yes, it's true! Ian has started talking. His words and phrases are as follows:
That's a lot of words for someone who's not quite 11 months old, isn't it??? He has such a cute little voice too. He is also doing a few signs, he does:
I'm trying to teach him more so we'll see if he picks them up before he starts saying them. With Gracie it was almost a race to see if she would sign or say a word first. She figured out how to talk so quick that we didn't use sign language for communication as much as I thought we would. We'll see if Ian is the same.
Believe it or not I just finished the invitations to Ian's birthday party today. My gosh, he's going to be one. This year has so totally flown by. I can hardly believe it.
Gracie is also growing by leaps and bounds. One of her favorite words right now is "actually". She likes to correct me by saying "Well, actually mom." And yes, she calls me mom. Not all the time, but it's getting more common. Sometimes mama, never mommy. Isn't she too young to be calling me mom?? She's growing up wayyyyy to fast.
She's also gaining an acute awareness of her emotions and getting more easily concerned and frightened about things. She's particularly afraid of losing her family right now. I'm not sure if it has to do with Sarah's death or not, but she is afraid of getting lost from us, and she mentions it almost daily.
Gracie has gotten very into doing things "by myself" She likes to get her own food, get dressed by herself and read by herself. I love listening to her read. She describes what she sees on the pages and adds in phrases from the words we read to her. It's really very cute.
We are looking forward to seeing that family that is far away so you can actually experience what the kids are doing instead of just reading about it. It will be so much fun! I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner!