Now, I have no idea what’s normal for an 11-month-old, mind you, but I’m pretty sure Frank is smart.  I’m also a staunch supporter of every parent’s belief that his/her child is generally smarter than everyone else’s child, so you should keep that in mind as well.

Anyway, today’s post will include an itemized list of Frank’s current vocabulary.  Judge for yourselves:

Dada: Daddy or anyone else he really likes, i.e., Gammie and Blue Dog (his lovey)

Mama: Mommy and, occasionally, total strangers

Baaawwwl: Ball

Bye Bye: Greeting, such as hello or goodbye.  Generally in conjunction with vigorous waving.

Ni-Ni: Goodnight.  Usually in conjunction with sucking thumb and clutching Blue Dog for dear life.

Boo: As in, peek-a-boo.  V.v. cute!

Pa-Cay: Patty-cake.  Always in conjunction with metered clapping.  Still working on “roll it up, roll it up, throw it in the pan!”

Bubbo: Bubbles, generally in context of blowing bubbles in the swimming pool.  However, at least once, used while singing along with Mommy, who was singing along with Def Leppard (as in “Take a bottle, shake it up, break the bubble, break it u-up…Pour some sugar on me…”).  I mean, that’s got to be a 12-month skill, right?

A duuuuuk: Duck.  Prounounced like “wazzzuuuuup” from those late 90’s beer commercials.

Ok, what’s the verdict?  Slightly above average, no?!  I’m not going to look in the books, because I like to think he’s a genius!

Frank and I arrived back home from the beach vacation today.  I’ll post some pictures this week.  We had a great time, but we’re glad to be home with Daddy and Emmitt again!



  1. Well, I think that given Frank’s parents, he is probably genetically inclined toward genius.

    But, if you want to know normal language development, you could ask your resident Speech-Language Pathologist, who would tell you that at 11 months Franks should:

    understand “no”, “come here”, and names for family members, engage in a simple game, and communicate nonverbally by using pushing and pulling behaviors.

    By 1-1.5 year, Frank should have a vocabulary of 1-2 words, use more than 1 object in play, follow routine directions with a cue, identify basic objects (ball, ciup, spoon, etc), engage in a turn taking game, and produce 5 different consonant sounds.

    So, yes, Frank is ahead of the curve

  2. Clearly a smarty pants.

    BTW, I have lived the beach vacays vicariously thru you. Fun!

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