Collin talks all day long and expresses himself well. As his articulation improves, this guy will be a very impressive communicator! He independently uses three- and four-word phrases and will repeat a word or phrase until we say it back to him to affirm that we heard what he said. Repeating a phrase nine times until we repeat it back to him can be irritating, but it’ll continue to be helpful for people to understand what Collin is saying. Examples of phrases he uses include "Mama, light on please" and "Daddy's hat please."
A word list is hard to compile at this point because Collin says so many things. Sometimes he independently says thank you (“nay”), which I think is pretty impressive for a less-than-two-year-old.
Collin is really interested in what belongs to who (whom?). He'll say "Daddy's nose. Mama's nose. Collin's nose." This morning he even did "Daddy's boots. Mommy's slippers. Collin's shoes." He pays close attention to which cup is Daddy's and which is Mommy's. For whatever reason, he likes to follow the trail of ownership.
Silly boy is obsessed with hats and gloves. He loves to wear his own and anyone else's, but especially Daddy's. He also really likes to fix things with tools, dance and spin to music, run, explore outside, and build with blocks.
If there's an object he doesn't know how to use, Collin will request help and then imitate to a T. As an example, Collin pulled two cribbage boards and a pencil out of a game drawer and didn't know what to do with them. We didn't want him to know about the tiny cribbage pieces, so we showed him how to balance the pencil on end on the cribbage boards. The next time he pulled the cribbage boards from the drawer, he had to get the pencil too, since balancing the pencil was what he knew to do.
Life at the cabin has taught Collin some location-specific knowledge. For example, he learned the hard way that mousetraps cause owies. Every time he’s by the kitchen trash can (with a mousetrap hidden behind it), Collin says “Mousetrap. Owie.” He also knows that starting a fire requires crumpling newspaper, which is the part of the task that he helps with. He rides along while we're bringing wood down the hill and he holds the door while we're hauling the firewood into the cabin.
Being back in SD has allowed Collin his first full day away from his parents (he stayed at the cabin with Grandma for a whole day) and developed little man's napping flexibility as sometimes he naps at Grandma and Papa's if naptime comes while we're in town.
Collin likes to make people laugh and is a fun entertainer. He brings joy to our world like we never could've imagined! He is a blessing!