It is getting hard to remember a time when my toddler did not talk non-stop. Just one short year ago, I was watching some old family videos yesterday and marveling at him just grunting and babbling with very little direct communication. We used to be able to keep track of the words he knew, and we’d celebrate with each new one. These days, we’ve moved on from words to sentences. He literally never stops talking (I swear sometimes he even talks in his sleep), and half of the words he knows I have no idea how or when he learned.
He’s a sponge, and he retains new information almost instantly at this age. So it’s always fun to realize when there are opportunities to teach him new things and new words. New seasons, and particularly holidays, are a great time to introduce all sorts of new ideas and words to toddlers. In the past few weeks, Cullen has regularly started using most of these — check out all the new words we’re using during this winter season!