Hunter has had several dysfluencies in his conversational speech lately. (Translation: He's been stuttering a lot when he talks to me.) I didn't worry about it at first because I know it's typical for kids at his age to do this when they're developing MASSIVE amounts of language in their little brains. Okay. I admit I did get a teeny tiny bit concerned when his dysfluencies turned into these same syllable repetitions before almost every phrase he uttered. It was this really nasaly "ma ma ma ma" or "wa wa wa wa" that would come out before he could get his sentence started.
Luckily those days are long gone, and we've replaced it with what we call an interjection in the speech world. Hunter's interjection of choice is "um". It's so interesting to hear your 2 year old say "um" when he's thinking about the answer to a question you've asked him.
He mostly does this at night during our bedtime routine. We read a Bible story and 1 or 2 other books during the putting him down process. For about a month now Hunter has wanted to read The Snake Shapes Book (or as he calls it, "the circle book") every.single.night. I'm getting really sick of it, but there's no fooling him. He will find it when you attempt to hide it...not that I've done that or anything. So he pretty much knows all of his shapes now, except for cylinder and cube (he still calls it box), but the boy can name some crazy ones like diamond and oval and heart...and octagon. Octagon people. I'm telling you, he's obsessed.
As good as he is at his shapes though, he has serious trouble with colors. So now we read "the circle book" and "the color book" every night. Only we should really call it "the yellow book" because every color is yellow. When I point to a page and ask what color it is he consistently replies with, "uuummmm yellow". Like he really needs the "um" anyway. We all know what the answer's gonna be.
The good news...I get a new camera tomorrow, so my posts will be much less speech therapy based. Just for sentimental value - and because there's no way I can post twice in a row with no pictures - here's the last picture I took of Hunter with my old camera. Stupid Kodak.