|some handy sign language in use|
He Talks! Well, kind of. When a toy isn't working as expected, has another toy crammed into it, or just isn't doing what he wants Destructo-boy walks up to me (usually stomping on my feet in the most painful manner possible) and presents me with the toy stating "Boke!" or occasionally "Ees boke!" Another common word is "Wah" meaning water which would be our cue to go get him a sippy cup. We are also starting to say something resembling truck which are one of his favorite things right now (boy does this kid love trash day with trash, green waste and recycling designated trash trucks rumbling through the neighborhood!).
It is no less frustrating to communicate with the boy, he understands most of what we say to him and I know he is capable of speech now that he has said a few words. He has decided however to use grunting and pointing most of the time, he will say a word and then not repeat it for weeks. "Boke" and "Wah" seem to be the exceptions which he usually uses at least once a day. Thankfully we also finally got him to use at least one sign language sign, putting his hand to his mouth to indicate being hungry. This has certainly helped with some of the crying (yes, some of mine too!) around here.
At least I know for sure he is capable of speech, he is just stubborn about using it. Although I have a sinking feeling once he starts talking he is not going to stop!