Speaking in Sentences

March 13, 2008 at 7:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

You know, it’s one thing to have Robbie learning word after word after word. But speaking in sentences? He isn’t that old already, is he? I had heard Robbie utter a few “near sentences” before. Things like “want up” (“pick me up”) and “get off” (“take object A off of object B”). But those weren’t really sentences.

The other morning The Missus went into his room to wake him up. Apparently he had already been awake. When I walked in, The Missus was lifting Robbie from his bed.

“Well aren’t you wide-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning!”, I said.

“Bushy-tailed?” The Missus exclaimed in an questioning tone. She asked Robbie, “Do you have a tail?”

Robbie pursed his lips. “No”, he replied. Then, after thinking for a moment, he added, “Daisy had a tail”.

And there it was. Robbie’s first obvious, unmistakable, real-live sentence. It was a surreal moment as I was struck by the realization that Robbie is on the verge of not just speaking words but manipulating language. In retrospect, he has been manipulating language for many weeks, but in more subtle ways. For example, he has been forming more compound words all on his own, such as “big truck trash” (garbage truck).

I suppose it’s largely a first-time parent thing, but these little “lightbulb moments” of Robbie’s are really a hoot to watch. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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beerorkid March 13, 2008 at 11:49pm


Daisy is still around right?

Mr. Wilson March 14, 2008 at 1:23am

Yep, Daisy is still around. She doesn’t speak in sentences yet, though.

Fletch March 14, 2008 at 6:51pm

Mr. W, I always enjoy these posts. My son is about to turn 2, and the milestones he experiences are always similar to what you post about Robbie. I imagine they’d get along very well. LOL

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