From the time I found out I was pregnant with #3, I wondered what Ethan would look like and what his personality would be. After he arrived, I wondered what he would sound like when he started to talk. In the past few months, his speech has really taken off. I love to hear him talk. Sometimes, as any parent of a learning-to-speak-toddler knows, it’s a frustrating process, for him and for me. He knows exactly what he’s saying, and wil repeat it over and over in an effort to make me understand. There are times it takes me weeks to figure out what a certain word means for him. (this is when I wish we’d learned and taught more signs with him!). His vocabulary is rapidly expanding, and putting together two and occasionally three words is common. It just blows my mind how quickly they can learn. He repeats every sound we make, and he’s talking from the minute he gets up, to the time I shut his door to put him to sleep at night. Nearly every night, I hear him say “ni-ni momma” over and over again, even after I close his door. It makes me want to run back into his room, and pick him up for just one more squeeze.
He talks non-stop, often carrying on conversations with himself. I have no idea what language it is he’s speaking. It sounds nothing like English much of the time, but there’s inflection there and it cracks me up to hear it. I’ll ask him about his day when I pick him up from daycare and get a running monolog until we get to preschool to pick up Ryley and Grace. He has a lot to say, and is in a hurry to get it all out before he has to compete with his brother and sister. The words no, mine, up-peez (up please), shoo (juice), baba (for milk), and peez (please) are commonly heard. He defiinitely knows what he wants, and will tell you all about it.
I have been so blessed with him. Sometimes, before and during my pregnancy with him, I wondered if we were tempting fate one too many times by trying for a third. But we have been blessed, and he is so precious to me. They all are, and each of the three have their own special place in their heart for when they came, how they came, and who they are.