Dearest Olivia,

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You’re such a wonder to be with… and you are developing so quickly, I wish I could keep up with your many changes and progress, and I wish I updated my blog about you more often. I will try my best.

You are beginning to speak more now, not in sentences as you still prefer signing to us.

In no particular order some of the words you use;

You call your grandparents; Wa-Ma, Neh-Neh and Dah-Dah.

Your aunties; Yee-Yee and Deh or Doo-Doo (don’t ask me why you insist on calling your Goo-Goo Deh).

Barney: Bar-Bar

Elmo: Mo-Mo

Water: Ahhhh….. the sound you make at the end of a cold drink.

Turtle: Turtle

Rabbit: Rabbit

Dog: Bow-wow or wow-wow-wow

Paper: Paper

No: No-no-no, while shaking your head

Book: Book

Down: Down (you can’t say up)

Kai-kai: Dai-dai

Poo-poo and Pee-Pee: Pah-poo while tapping on your diaper urgently

Sleeping: You make a snoring sound, and tilt your head to one side, resting it on your shoulder

Snack: You tap your mouth

Rice: Ya-ya

Pasta and noodles: Pa-pa

Yes: Ya (though you prefer the word NO)

And just recently you try to repeat the words we say to you as best you can.

We try our best to understand you… and you are so expressive with your gestures, and single words which you try to string together with your expressions, I dare say we understand what you want most of the time.

I don’t know why I have forgotten to mention your ‘smell-smell’… You can’t say ‘smell-smell’, but you start sniffing away in a particular way which we understand as you looking for your ‘smell-smell’. It’s just a shirt that mummy has worn before… and there’s no tricking you by giving you any other shirt. Weird.

You need it for when you sleep. Its your lovey, your comfort.

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You kind of progressed from being happy with one smell-smell to two to three. You decided you needed three during my two night stay at the hospital and will hunt high and low if even one was missing, you would be incomplete.

I love you my first offspring.

Mummy.