My seven month old has been saying words for many months, but in the last two weeks, her pronunciation has improved dramatically, so I've been finding it much easier to understand what she's saying, and being successful, she's been using a lot of two and three word phrases. She comforts herself by saying, "My baby, oh, my baby" (which is what I say to her when she needs comfort), and "mang" (mine) and "no" are regulars as well. She asks me to pick her up by saying, "Up, mama with her arms raised."
Today she asked to be picked up, and I often do this in stages with her, like first help her to sit up if she's laying down, by giving her my fingers and she pulls herself up, then she uses my fingers to stand up completely (she does sit independently since last month, but she likes to be assisted after diaper changes or when rising in the morning). When she came up to her feet from sitting today, she said, "There. Thank you," and had a big smile for me. Of course she actually said, "Dare. Tang-oo." She shouts, "Don do dat!" at her brothers, which they think is hilarious, but she doesn't. I receive She's also expressing a lot of pride in her accomplishments and calls me over to celebrate if I wasn't directly beside her. In my hands, she jumps up and down and giggles, "I did dat! I did dat!" She is an unusually happy baby. She regularly tries to eat my face. And pinches my neck skin. It is so much fun to watch her grow!
My boys are all doing amazing things, too.
My five year old is learning about Shaolin monks and participating in the group interest in Greek Myths and the creatures therein. They've branched out into Norse myths as well, and make lots of profound statements about the correlations between religions throughout history (they know a lot about Christianity as well, and some about Islam). My six year old is practicing sword-fighting, kung-fu (his style) with his brothers, and writing jokes using drawings of objects to construct the letters. The jokes are at my expense, lol. He has a serious love of justice and clear-thinking these days- lots of discussion about logic. My seven year old seems so much like a young man, and not a little kid. He's a serious boy, and while he plays- a lot- he also has a sort of second life wherein he learns and practices skills in earnest the way a young adult does, for the purpose of bettering his life. He is very interested in philosophy as well, and he spends most of his discussions parsing ideas and thoughts using his internalised, systematic approach, and being very adept at it, it comes across as authoritative. My three year old is all about learning as many skills as he can, and doing so independently. He loves being naked and making up his own lyrics to songs. All of them loooove having the attention of their sister, and spend lots of time playing with her.
Actually, it seems bizarre to try to summarise what my children are doing. They have boundless energy for fourteen to sixteen hours each day, lead their own play and education, are disappointed every night that they must stop for a bit to sleep, talk all day, read all day, practice skills in everything they do, role play, write, spell, and tell stories, make up games, play old games but make up new rules, navigate the computer, make hand-bound books (using a hole-punch, wire or string, and tape usually) prepare and eat their own concoctions, eat mine, draw, draw, draw, sculpt, use tools in expected and very unexpected ways, etc... They just do stuff- lots of it. All day. They're just wild humans. It's all amazing.