In other news, Chicken has learned to say "Bite bite" and "up". For those of you who don't know me personally, let me just tell you what an accomplishment this is! Punky was saying words like this at 8 months, putting words together to form sentences by a year or shortly thereafter. Chicken has been...well, a little slow. Not behind, but slow. He even began a grunting sound accompanied by a pointed finger to tell us what he wanted. This is SUCH a pet peeve for me with other kids and I don't want my kids doing it. I know he's capable of talking or he would be able to say mama, dada, down, is that? so clearly. I've really been working with him on his talking and while he doesn't say it every time, he will tell me bite bite after he's thought about it a little. He's also able to "wiggle his fingers" and "show me his mouth" on command now. Again, a feat Punky mastered around 10 months. I try not to compare them because they are SUCH different children, but when your first kid is a slight genius (No, I'm not one of those who thinks my kid is the smartest in the world, she was just a quick learner!) the next one has a lot to live up to!
I definitely think he's ready to learn how to speak more. Even as I type this, he found one of Punky's cat stickers and I told him what the cat said. Chicken is now walking around making the cat sound. Even if he hasn't connected a cat makes that sound, for him to even repeat it means we're making progress. Maybe there's hope for him after all! HA!