The wee girl has known her own name for a long time. She has answered to it for over a year. She made her first attempts at saying it months ago. More recently she has learnt how to pronounce it properly :)
Yesterday, someone in a café asked her what her name was, she answered; that person understood, said hello and introduced themselves to her; they chatted, after a fashion. So far, so ordinary and unremarkable. It was one of those moments that could so easily pass unnoticed.
But, we noticed.
Someone, a stranger, asked her name, and for the first time she answered the question herself; we didn’t need to answer for her. And, more than that, her answer was understood.
Until recently, most of her language was really only understandable to us, and to close friends. Her shorthand, her toddler names for things; her own unique sentence construction!
Now, others can understand her. Her words are clear and her sentences are more coherent. She doesn’t just speak (babble!), she communicates. I wrote last week about the phrases and sign language she has learnt at her music class, which is wonderful to see, but this everyday conversational development is a different thing altogether.
It’s moments like this that make me really glad to have this blog. My husband and I would have remarked on this milestone, we would remember that it happened. But, the details would fade. The circumstances would be lost. We would never remember when it happened.
I wish I had these moments recorded for the boys.
So, well done, beautiful girl. You’ve made that leap from being understood by those closest to you, to communicating with the world. There’s no stopping you now.