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
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.