Ammon is growing up so fast! Every day he surprises us with new intellectual growth. I think for now he's stopped growing physically-thank goodness! Last week Steven was changing Ammon's diaper, and out of nowhere Ammon started tickling Steven and saying in a growly monster voice "tickle tiggle tickle!" He even did that to my pregnant belly in the grocery store! Now he'll run up to us randomly and tickle us and then run away.
I can't believe how many words Ammon understands! Here's a list:
-"Diaper change!" He'll waddle towards his room saying "dipa-da! dipa-da!"
-"Go down the slide!"
-"No touch!" We say this like a million times a day...usually he listens but he's still fascinated with the fireplace and blinds
-"Let's go downstairs"
-"Is Daddy home?" He'll run to the backdoor and open the door for Steven
-"That's a no-no!"
-"Where's your puppy?" He'll go find his puppy and bring it back
-"Bouncy-bouncy!" He just did this a few minutes ago since he discovered he could jump in his crib. Silly baby!
-"Where's Jesus?" He'll point to the picture of Jesus on his wall
-"Kisses?" If he's in the mood he'll come over to you and open his mouth on your mouth.
There's so much more but all I can really think about is his sign language. We've taught him a few words: milk, food, drink, i love you. Just those few words has saved our lives and his.
Mommy: What do you want?
Ammon: (points to his mouth)
Mommy: Do you want food or drink?
Ammon: (points to his mouth and tilts his head back for drink)
Mommy: Okie-dokie! Let's get you some juice!
He knows lots of signs to songs we sing:
-"The Wheels on the Bus"
-"Open, Shut them, Open, Shut them..." a song about hands that Lita taught him
-"Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam!"
Speaking of juice, we can't say the word "apple" in our house. Ammon loves his apple juice and apple sauce...apple slices he just spits out but he loves pears and clementines. We usually just spell it out: "Ammon ate all his dinner. Should we give him a-p-p-l-e-s-a-u-c-e?"
Here are words he can say...sorta. At least they are words we can both identify and communicate with.
-"apple" He'll say this for any fruit.
-"up-up-up-up!" He says it so urgently and never once, always in fours
-"mama" and "dada"
-"hup! hup!" Which means help! He usually says this when he gets stuck in his toy bucket and can't get out. If he's whining about a toy he can't figure out we won't help him until he says "hup! hup!"
-"buh-buh" is for button
There's tons of stuff for Ammon to learn and improve on-like waiting 45 seconds for his milk to warm in the microwave-but he's just 15 months! We can't wait to see what new surprises will happen tomorrow!