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Talking

Cole is still a grunt and point kind of kid. Oh, and his extensive (and mysteriously learned) use of the American Sign Language for "more." Likely, this involves going to the refrigerator and whining until we open the door so he can point to the gallon of milk. Or, alternately, the cabinet until we get the Fig Newtons down.

It's annoying, but it's not. We've tried to teach him other signs. The doctor says it's nothing to worry about given his level of physical development...he runs, he throws, he can dribble a soccer ball, he can go down stairs. He makes his wishes plenty known and communicates just fine.

It's just not talking. Until recently.

He seems to have reached the point where he realizes he can get further in life by speaking. Sometimes full sentences. Randomly, he brought a book to me last week and started turning pages. "Circle." "Square." "Triangle." It makes me wonder what else he knows but isn't telling.

He's starting animal noises.

And it's not just the talking. He seems to have hit some sort of wall of development that he's broken through. He tries to help feed his sister, he swaps toys with her, when she wakes up from a nap he stands over her crib and points for me to come help her. His stuffed toys now share food with him. When my family was here this weekend he made sad faces when it was time for them to go.

Leda is making similar strides. People always tell you how fast they grow up. But that isn't specific enough. What parents need to tell new parents is that that period you imagine going on forever where they're tiny, helpless babies is short. So short. I can't believe she is almost 8 months. He's nearly 2. Incredible.

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