Most of the words Daniel uses are clear but the ones he pronounces in his own sweet way are sometimes funny. He talks about the ‘lawn moaner’ and his ‘tooter’ (scooter). He likes to go out in ‘air feet’ (bare feet).
His favourite adjective is ‘lovalee’ which he uses a lot. If you ask him: ‘how’s your tummy?’, he says ‘lovalee’. If you give you a bowl of yoghurt and honey he says ‘ lovalee’.
He still calls any deer / antelope that he sees a ‘din din’. He calls sheep ‘baas’ and sometimes ‘seep’. When we were away last week he kept pointing out ‘eagles’ to us (any big bird). He says ‘hi’ to almost anyone or anything – including bees, ants, woodlice and beetles. He’s always interested in bugs and animals having food, and if you ask him what they eat, he says ‘food’ or ‘oats’ or ‘stones’.
He’s learning to put -ing on the end of words, so he talks about ‘walking’ and ‘watching’ and also ‘upping’ (when he wants picked up). He also knows about making words plural with an ‘s’ which means he talks about ‘mans’ as well as ladies.
When we put him to bed at night he often says ‘bye’ and then ‘later’. He seems to be moving on to a new stage, linking words together. Last night as I was putting him to sleep, he said very seriously: ‘gas water peese’. Today he was in his cot saying over and over to himself: ‘tum in room’.
He has just learned the power of saying please so instead of saying ‘oats, oats, oats!’ or ‘bran flakes!’ he runs into the kitchen saying: ‘bran flakes, peese, bran flakes, peese!’
He loves being outside but we have trouble stopping him pulling the petals off our neighbour’s pansies. We must have told him so often that he sometimes tells himself: ‘no, no, no, Eileen’ (our
neighbour). In fact he seems to associate Eileen with anything he is not allowed to do and will often say ‘no,Eileen’ when we’re telling him not to do something.
He sometimes tells us stories – the other day he was talking about monkeys going up the mountain. Another day in the car he suddenly said ‘elephant’. I said: ‘where’ and he said ‘up tree’. He thinks
its quite funny when you sound surprised.
My sister calls him a ‘precious bundle’ and he likes repeating that.