Our son was just like that. He's a teenager now and recently we were watching some videos of him at age two and three. After a few minutes of watching he asked if he was ever quiet and commented that it was really irritating. Now that I'm so many years away from it, I love it on video. (and for what it is worth, he's still verbally gifted but is now actually quite quiet!)
Ours lasted til she was 15 or 16 but she was homeschooled til then, and we were very very close. School changed her quite a bit.
Love the title of the thread, btw!