Abby has been accused by some of being a non-talker. It really depends on her mood, and she will yell and grunt and, as of late, say "mama mama" (the noise, not to be confused with Mama, the person) one day or even for one or two hours, and then be mute the next. As she gets older every day, though, her enthusiasm for talking grows and just this last week she has been more vocal than ever. She is also eating like crazy and sleeping like a champ.
[She always sleeps like a champ, sleeping over 12 hours the last 5 nights in a row, but that is another topic for another time. Talk about a growth spurt with that amount of sleep- she'll double in size pretty soon, I think!]
Anyway, I have tried to get some good talking videos for our skeptical family members, and while most are lengthy and always makes me sound dumb, here is one from the last few days.
This is Abby and her dad watching the Patriots game yesterday afternoon. She was yelling so much that I finally grabbed the camera, and of course as soon as I did, she stopped. Spencer issues the warning that he sounds ridiculous in this video, but for at least 10 minutes he and her were bantering back and forth, his noises encouraging her noises, and so forth. She inexplicably stopped when I started filming, so he is left randomly yelling and waiting for her to reciprocate. Nevertheless, she had a very fun time watching and playing with him.
And finally, this was taken this morning. She was getting a little tired of the bananas and pears I was feeding her (she loves her veggies, and not so much the fruit... perhaps I should try fresh fruit next- it has to taste better than the baby food jars.) While she does comes across as slightly ornery, she is still talking quite a bit. She also loves to blow raspberries, which is what she is doing at the start of the video.
None of these are any substitute for hearing her yell in person, as she always tones it down as soon as the camera makes its appearance. I can't quite believe that in a few months she will be able to communicate with us. It seems so crazy to me that she is getting so big (big to me, anyway- she's about 16 lbs right now) and she is going to be able to give me a name and tell me what she wants to play with... but I guess that is what it's like having a baby. They seem so small and fragile and it seems like they will stay like that, and all of a sudden they are sitting up on their own and standing on a chair without your assistance.