Umbrella, we think

Among Kent's new consonants these past few weeks have been L, B, P, and M (for MAMA! Woot!). Most of his utterances are one syllable, like "ba", which means, among other things, Roomba, so that he can communicate his excitement about his favorite robotic vacuum. When he sees the Roomba or we turn it on, he starts pointing and saying "ba! ba!" So funny. He also started saying "pah" for Popop, what I call my grandfather in WV whom we just visited, and many other monosyllabic words have made an appearance at random times.

Unique among his words, though, is this funny string of stuff that he spouts out on occasion, often sounding something like "luhbuhlalamuh". It cracks us up, especially when he's just sitting by himself and babbling like that. It didn't seem to mean anything. But tonight, as we were preparing to go out in the rain, we found out what his babbling means: umbrella. See for yourself. (Also, note toward the end when he points and says "EEEEEEEEEEEEE!" There's been a lot of that around here lately. A lot.)

I think tonight was the first time in a long time that either of us said "umbrella," so it's a good thing it's been raining a lot. Otherwise, we might never have found out what Kent was trying to say. Heh. Also, while we were watching the videos that we took to try to select one to upload, Kent was watching himself on the screen and starting saying it again in response to himself.

I just can't stop giggling.

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"eee" 'cause he misses his friend E, of course. ;)
That's SO CUTE. I love it!
Seriously- the cuteness hurts! Can you squeeze him extra for his auntie?
That's adorable! You're right, he is so, so close. And "umbrella" is a pretty hard word to say!

If I could just geek out for a sec again here, pointing is actually a precursor to all sorts of language explosions! Check out the abstract to this article here: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117957252/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 in which they argue that language development is built on the foundation of social coordination exhibited by pointing. I love this research. Think about it - when Kent can point at things and get labels (from you) for things he's interested in, it makes so much sense that a language explosion would follow soon after! Awesome.

OK, end of geeking. Thanks for the adorable video!
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