Monday, January 26, 2009


Nolan came up to me this morning and pulled at my hand. "Wa!" he told me. I had no idea what "wa!" meant, but it sounded close to his word for wet (weh). I grabbed a diaper and went to change him, impressed that he came up to me and indicated he was wet. Nolan, however, backed away and shook his head. "Wah!" he implored. Great... he's telling me something and I have no clue what he's saying.

Finally, I said, "show me, Nolan. Show Mommy what you want." Nolan took hold of my finger, led me to the rocking chair, and pointed at it. "Wah!"

Rock! He came to me, out of the blue, and told me he wanted to rock! We get lots of word imitation and even spontaneous word usage when looking at pictures in a book, but this is the first time he's come up to me to indicate a need.

Rock on, Nolan. Rock on!


Hotlanta Moving Mom said...

You go boy!

Every day is a new adventure, isn't it? Yesterday I was convinced that my boy had something in his "eye," mainly because that was what history had taught me... However, on that particular day he wanted an "egg." Who knew? :-)


Julie said...

Hurray for Nolan! And good strategy for figuring it out.

When Tate was little I would've sworn he was speaking a tonal language. The same sound could mean different things, depending on the inflection.

He had a word kind of like, "Nah" that meant blanky (go figure), but only if the pitch went up at the end. Otherwise it was "no". (Like Nuh-uh)

Moms are translators, and you're doing great!

AimeeTheSuperMom said...

He's doing so great and is right on target for huge success!! He's even a little younger than the Beast was when he started finding his voice and words. His speech now is so good that he's lost speech services through school.

leahlefler said...

Aimee, I love hearing that! I really hope that Nolan won't need speech services by the time he starts school because they pull kids out of "specials" (art, music, gym, etc) for speech therapy. On the other hand, if he needs it then we'll do it!

Julie, we are translators! I still have to translate Matt to my husband half the time!

Ambulance Mommy said...


I agree with you guys...we totally are the translators, and my son does the same thing with the sounds. Very similar sounds mean totally different things, and there is just a subtle difference between them. My husband totally doesn't hear the slight difference, and I end up translating all the time.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Nolan! It's so exciting to read about his progress! We're seeing a lot of progress with speech right now too and I often think I am just imagining it. Your boys are both just darling. Loved the pic of them on the couch!

Kristen@nosmallthing said...

Awesome! That post made me smile, remembering what it was like when Henry learned to speak.

Now I've got this to look forward to with Ella. :)

tammy said...

This is just wonderful Leah!! This is just the beginning too of so much more to come! Yay Nolan!