Since my firstborn child refused to utter a single word until he was a full 2 years old, it seems amazing that my little one is already starting to talk! Talk about the power of early intervention- my hard of hearing little boy is talking a full year earlier than his hearing brother did. Nolan says two words consistently: "uh" for uh-oh, and "dah!" for ball. We have no "b" sounds at the moment, so "dah" is as close as we'll get for the time being. He asked for the ball several times today during speech therapy, to which I remarked:
"Isn't this kind of early for speech?"
Our speech therapist smiled and reminded me that average kids have a few words by one year. True, I know, but I wasn't really expecting anything for another year or so with Matthew's delayed speech. It looks like Nolan is going to fall in the normal range for speech development, which is cause for great relief (a 2 year old with no communication skills is a very frustrating situation- trust me)!
We are also doing some sign language with him (he signs "more" and "ball" in addition to his spoken words). It is a lot of fun to see how fast their brains grow at this age.