It's hard to believe that this time last year, Hudson was being tested for a speech delay. Turns out he did have a delay - 30%; but in Missouri one must be 50% delayed to receive any kind of therapy so tough luck, huh? One day I'll write Missouri a letter about being the only state in the country with such a pitiful standard....anyway back to my point.
About a month before Hudson's second birthday, he started speaking. Today? It's pretty much nonstop talking from the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep. I wanted to write down some of the things he says so I can remember them later.
"I have the piccups"
Piccups is what Hudson calls hiccups. Too cute for words
"I can't see my eyes!"
Anytime Hudson enters a dark room, or if we turn the lights out suddently, he'll respond this way
to declare his sudden blindness.
Randomly, I'll tell Hudson that he's my favorite. Don't tell him that as an only-child, he has no
competition. He'll usually repond by pointing at me and telling me that I'm his favorite!
"Thank you Jesus for _______, Amen!"
Hudson loves to pray. He'll pray for before meals and bedtime, and will pray at church
sometimes. So far all his prayers are the exact same - the prayer above with whatever in the
blank - food, Mommy and Daddy, his friends, his Sunday School teacher, his snowman, etc...
"I can do it myself!"
If I had a dollar for every time Mr. Independent says (screams) this in any and every activity, I'd
Because Hudson is surrounded by older people (kids and adults) he speaks rather impressively well for an almost three year old. The other day at the Dollar Store, he ran up to a little girl and introduced himself with:
"Hi, I'm Hudson and these are my friends Dada and Mama!"
Sadly, the little girl was a tad timid and just stared at Hudson before walking away. LOL
His vocabulary amazes me. Some of the words I've noticed him use (correctly) in the past few months include:
He has several of his books memorized - Brown Bear What do you See? The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Groucy Ladybug. We're big Eric Carle fans!
He's also very sweet with his words. I think he has a burgeoning gift of affirmation/encouragement. He often tells me that I'm a nice mama. Sunday night, I heard him tell K, one of our preteens at church, that she was a nice girl after she helped him into his carseat. He generously gives compliments. It's super sweet to hear.
And of course, because he's almost three we do hear "No!" a lot as well. Followed closely by its cousin "Stop it!" Fun times with a toddler - sweet one minute, sour the next.