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Month 25 - "atta batta shoes" 
5th-Oct-2010 01:57 pm
There are times when Hamish is totally inexplicable. I'm not talking about things like when he's in the bath, compulsively filling a jug with water and toys and then tipping it out for 15 minutes. Nor even times like when he licks the pillow and then says 'wet' as an excuse for getting up. Not even when he insists on eating his cereal 'dry' - no milk and with his hands, and freaking out if you add milk. But the more actually crazy stuff, such as when in the last month he demanded to put on his new pyjamas, pulled the legs up and ran around yelling 'knees!'.

He is becoming more comprehensible when he says individual words and you don't need to be immersed in Hamish speak to understand it all. There's still a lot of letter translation ("six!" "six what?" *holds up broken object* "oh, fix, right") and context sensitive words ("note!", "no, no more yogart"), but some words are pronounced clearly, if oddly. Apparently we don't have a hose, we have a hoos. And we don't push, we poosh.

Its not quite the same when it comes to sentences though. For some reason when he tries sentences, it comes out as nearly gibberish with one understandable word.
"Atta bata shoes?"
"ata bata shoes."
"we should batter your shoes??"
*blank looks all around*

Hamish obviously spends a lot of time trying to understand what we are saying to the point where I think he experiments. If one person has an attribute, he tests the names of all the other people he knows to see if they have the same attribute. So if dad is at work, then he needs to ask if mum, Tim, Hamish ('Hais'), Ken and Jess are also at work. Not just once, but around and around a few times, occasionally adding other names or dropping some of them. Alternatively he's just reciting names for the reaction, but I am way more amused by the concept of a formal experimental structure.

One set of words that he has grasped is ownership. Sort of. If something belongs to me, he says 'mine'. If it belongs to him, he says 'yours'. So, he's got the idea, but not the context switching that the words change if you're talking about yourself. This leads to some strangeness when he picks things up and says "mine!" before firmly handing it over.

There have been many outings and events! There was a mum's group shared birthday at Doncaster hotel, with everyone getting presents and a chance to blow out the candles on the cake. I got to use Hamish to get helium balloons down off the tall roof - grab him by the legs and lift until he can grab the string. Me and Hamish went to the beach to dig for a few hours - I wasn't expecting him to run out into the water, but apparently it was more fun to splash than I thought. We also had an unbirthday BBQ again for his due date - which was fundamentally an excuse to go and have a BBQ in a park. Hamish wasn't really interested in the BBQ part, but did have fun wandering around with tacomonkey and grandma and Aunt Judith. He got to go to watch my brother's hockey grandfinal at Royal Park and to come along to a dinner party at cheshire_bitten's house. We hung out with impish and Chloe for a while, and then with Sophie & Sam who were staying with my parents while their mum was in hospital delivering a new cousin (Hooray for Henry! :)).

goldengrove took Hamish along with delphaeus, tacomonkey, rhyannonf, bloodied_angel7 and Bonnie to the Royal Melbourne Show. They went along on Grand Final Day (part 1) to try and keep the crowds to a minimum, though many other people had the same idea. There was a train trip! and a tiny train ride! goats and sheep and cows oh my! Scary chickens! Showbags full of chocolate and cars and trains! Facepainting! Slumping unconscious despite the noise and bustle! Me staying at home and enjoying the empty house and sunny day!

Delectify your eyes

EDIT: "Atta" appears to be 'other', based on further attempts to communicate.
5th-Oct-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
One thing I got from dating a sole parent a while back was the chance to observe the developing language of her toddling daughter. I cannot remember much but it was intriguing. Funny to humour her too - as you do with the "batter the shoes" comment.
6th-Oct-2010 09:22 am (UTC)
I love listening to it grow - almost daily, tho you do hear surges in understanding and enunciation too.
5th-Oct-2010 03:18 am (UTC)
I love the language development. My parents now say "dinkoo" to one another instead of "thankyou", even though Chloe can even say the word mostly correctly these days. Some days I'm tempted to keep a journal of the crazy pronounciations and sentence structures, just so we have a record (for blackmail purposes).

Your son is clearly a programmer. Do all people I know inherit the same attribute "at work", or are they independent, unrelated entities? And how does this attribute change state over time? Keep testing the variants, for this is clearly a mutable system!

Yay for cuteness.
6th-Oct-2010 09:23 am (UTC)
hehe, its catching backwards, yes. I fight to not say the kiddie version of a few words, I don't think it helps Hamish's enunciation any.

I have given some thought to using my voice recorder that way too :)

5th-Oct-2010 03:23 am (UTC)
You have a disturbingly cute child.

This is good.
6th-Oct-2010 09:23 am (UTC)
He has beams of cute that get him free stuff.
5th-Oct-2010 03:29 am (UTC)
But the more actually crazy stuff, such as when in the last month he demanded to put on his new pyjamas, pulled the legs up and ran around yelling 'knees!'.

Hang on, we do that sort of thing all the time. That's normal!
5th-Oct-2010 03:36 am (UTC)
For a given value of 'normal' :-)
5th-Oct-2010 03:37 am (UTC) - Solipsistic Woman is solipsistic
My normal is the definitive normal. I has spoken!

5th-Oct-2010 04:06 am (UTC) - Re: Solipsistic Woman is solipsistic
'Normal' is merely a setting on the washing machine.
6th-Oct-2010 09:24 am (UTC) - Re: Solipsistic Woman is solipsistic
I feel your distribution tree may be slightly wonky :)
7th-Oct-2010 05:47 am (UTC) - Re: Solipsistic Woman is solipsistic
I don't :P :P :P
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