Finn has been making great strides in expressive language lately – it’s kind of blowing my mind a little. Here are a couple of recent developments:
The other day he asked for a snack. This consists of him saying “snack” to me. This time, instead of just fetching a snack for him, I said, “Where’s your snack cup?” remembering that he had had an earlier snack and his snack cup was floating around the house somewhere. He paused for just a second and said, “I’ll get it!” I was positive I must not have heard him correctly, that it was only wishful thinking playing tricks on my imagination. He scampered off, however, and came back a minute later, brandishing his snack cup and declaring, “There it is!”
Why is this so darned exciting? Well, he’s stringing more words together to form short sentences, for one thing. For another, he’s demonstrating a clear understanding of what I said to him, and responding appropriately, which goes not only to language, but to cognition as well. I’ve long thought that he could understand way more than he’s able to communicate.
Apparently, later that afternoon, while I was out, he got into Kevin’s room and Kevin got irritated with him and gave him the boot. Kevin reported to me that Finn went back a few minutes later and said, “Sorry, Kevin.”
The very next day, a fly got into the house and Kevin was chasing after it in the kitchen. Finn said, “I see the fly!” Sure enough, he pointed to right where it had landed. Every time it flew off, Finn would go, “Where’s the fly? I see the fly! There it is!”
This kid blows me away.