Simon is quite suddenly using some words. He had a few basic things that he was saying earlier in the year, but then he just kind of stopped using them. He speaks a lot of "Simonese" right now, and he's a little chatter box.
He seems to be saying, "Hi daddy" quite a bit. And he otherwise uses "daddy" and "mom mom" when talking to one of us about the other. He's getting fragments out of a few foods from time to time. He actually said "abacus" two or three times, which was totally unexpected. Today, he repeated "clock" after his Fisher-Price house said it, which seemed to come out of the blue as well. It sounded more like "cock," but close enough.
He's added two signs recently that we don't use, but he has seen in his "First Signs" video. When Diana refers to "daddy," he does the sign for it, and he started signing "thank you" whenever we say it to him. Not exactly the correct usage, but he gets it.
His re-evaluation for the federal programs for speech and physical therapy showed that he has mostly caught up in terms of motor skills and what not, but he's still behind on speech. I have a feeling he'll catch up with that before too long as well, at the rate he's going. It's a double-edged sword, I know, but I'll take his ability to talk back if it means he can better communicate his needs and wants.