Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
- Uses two words skillfully (e.g., “hi” and “bye”) – I guess I’m going to start off being a bit of a show-off, because I say way more than two words: I say hi, bye, Mommy, Daddy, Henry, no, boo, Peek-a-boo, yum yum, uh oh, book, meow, baa baa, baboon, & crocodile (sort of). I also sign eat, more, milk, dog, bird, fish, all done, & thank you.
- Bends over and picks up an object – Yes. I like to bring Mommy all sorts of presents that I find on the ground!
Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
- Enjoys gazing at his reflection – You mean my baby stalker? Sometimes. I like to give him kisses, but I don’t know if I “gaze.”
- Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him – I push my arms through sleeves and put my feet up for shoes and socks. I am also helpful at UNdressing, specifically my shoes and hats.
Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
- Combines words and gestures to make needs known – a big check on this one, too. I point at things I want and *really* let EVERYONE know when I’m mad.
- Rolls a ball back and forth – Yup. I prefer kicking it, though.
…so I’m growing and learning an awful lot – but I still walk right out of my 9 month shorts.