OK, this blog post is a little late. We've been having far too much fun with all of the new toys and enjoying Daddy's time off from work.
The boys were up early on Christmas and Matthew really enjoyed tearing into the presents. Nolan was far more interested in a measuring cup that I received, and loved playing with the bows as a typical one year old is wont to do. Last year we were concerned with getting toys which stimulated language and auditory pathways, but this year we have relaxed and realized all toys present the opportunity for language growth. The language is not in the toy, but in how you play with it.
Of course, perhaps we should have invested in more pilot caps and fewer toys. The longest we managed to keep his aids in on Christmas was a 30 minute span of time. Plus, a pilot cap would help control static-hair in the ball pit.
Nolan is sixteen months old today, and I am looking forward to the language spurt that occurs somewhere around the age of eighteen months. We never had this with Matthew, but Nolan has normal language development. This time last year, I would never have guessed that my hard of hearing baby would have outstripped his brother in the language department! Three days ago he imitated the word "down" with a resonant "dau!" He has lacked the long "O" sound (pronouncing it as a long E instead), but with intense focus on that sound over the past few weeks, I am proud to announce that "uh-ee" is becomming "uh-oh." Watch out, /p/. You're next on our list!