My kid is (finally) talking and it's amazing what he's thinking about...

My 3 year-old son is awesome. He was having a rough time the other day and was walking off to the bedroom, looking dejected. I asked him, "Are you happy or sad?" He turned around and came back into the living room. "Sad" he said, in the lowest, clearest voice. Then his face lit up, he smiled at me and yelled, "Oh well!" Then he babbled something I couldn't discern for a minute and resolved with asking me "Sad or Appy?" and when I asked him this question (He often feeds me my "lines".) he replied "Now Happy!" It was awesome. Now he keeps approaching me to tell me the story of how he worked through his emotions from being sad to deciding to be happy. I am so in awe of my "socially delayed" little boy!

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Comment by Angie Jackson on July 14, 2009 at 4:37pm
If genius is measured in the ability of a small child to defeat locks intended to stifle adults, then yep he's a genius alright :) And an escape artist.
Comment by Seth R. on July 6, 2009 at 9:43pm
Body language, facial expressions, grunts and groans are all communication, seems like your little man was becoming an expert in those before he moved onto words. I bet he's a genius.
Comment by Angie Jackson on July 2, 2009 at 6:22pm
Little Man's always been a ham. OBGYN said he was the most "active fetus" he'd ever seen. Before he was talking, when he wanted to get out of bedtime, he'd try to charm me and my mom through dances, jokes, tricks, and pratfalls. As long as he was entertaining, we let him stay up. Now he's often very dramatic with every emotion.
Comment by Angie Jackson on July 2, 2009 at 11:19am
Well Judith and Jazqueline, that means you both fall into that minority of high IQ people with delayed speech as children. My mom, son, and I all were delayed speakers. This conversation reported above that I had with my son comes only three weeks after he really began talking in any meaningful way, and he'll be 4 in September. Knowing that I was speech delayed myself as a kid, and reading "Einstein Syndrome: Bright Kids who Talk Late" kept me pretty calm about it, but I have also had him involved in speech therapy for two years now. It's just awesome to hear what he has to say now that I can understand him.

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