I’ve written a fair bit about Dylan’s apparent reluctance to speak, so I thought I’d provide an update on how he’s doing. I’m relieved to report that he now has a few words under his belt; not the word explosion that people often mention, but a few of them nonetheless. As they’re rather random – and because I want to keep a permanent record of his early utterings – here are some of his first few…
Yes, the first name of this brattish animated pig is technically not a real word as such, but he says it whenever he sees her image and also tries to sing along with the theme tune, so I’m counting it. Just as long as he doesn’t start acting like her…
By far his most commonly used word, Dylan uses this monosyllabic offering for a number of things. Mainly to answer in the affirmative, but also as a means of trying to cadge food from us when he has finished his. If he doesn’t understand a question, he’ll reply with a slightly unsure, elongated ‘yeeeaaahhh’. It’s almost as if he’s trying not to lose face, even though he knows that we know he doesn’t understand. Too funny!
I suppose it was inevitable that he’d learn how funny this word is, but I wasn’t expecting toilet humour quite yet. He can now be relied upon to proudly sing ‘poo, poo, poo-poo’ when he’s done said deed and also when the coconuts appear on ZingZillas. And, yes, I am proud!
This has to be his most random word but I guess, that of all those he understands, it’s one of the easiest to say. He also says ‘ow’ and uses this in the correct context, but with the same intonation as he uses for ‘owl’. This makes him sound a little like an old Siamese cat…