Ryder is just a bit over 17 months and his intelligence has far exceeded both dogs for months now.  His father and I consider him very lucky to be both handsome and intelligent.  Kid has it made.

Here is a list of all recognizable words my baby smarty-pants can say:

  • Mama, Mommy
  • Dada, Daddy
  • Mimi (older ladies)
  • Papa (older men)
  • Stella (our little dog)
  • Turtle
  • Woody (from Toy Story)
  • Buzz
  • Minnie (Mickie Mouse)
  • Na Na (food)
  • Juice
  • Book
  • Ba Ba (pacifier)
  • Phone
  • Keys
  • Spoon
  • No
  • Uh oh
  • Shoes
  • Toe
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Eye
  • Belly
  • Pee Pee
  • Poo Poo
  • Hat
  • Teeth
  • Animal noises on command: woof, moo, baa, nee, cock-a-doodle-doo, elephant, meow, quack quack, oink

Additionally, we have been able to confirm that he understands what the following words are:

  • Shirt
  • Pants
  • Head
  • Hot
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Tongue
  • Car
  • Upstairs
  • Downstairs
  • Blanket
  • Table
  • Chair
  • Sofa
  • Floor
  • Ceiling
  • TV
  • Tiger
  • Lion
  • Bear
  • Bunny
  • Goat
  • Chicken

He has become an expert level pointer and lately, he has been associating hand gestures to words.  He is very funny and his comic timing is getting better daily.

It is my understanding that folks don’t like bragging moms all that much so I will save my gloating for this blog.  My kid is friggin’ adorable and the light of my life.  I just can’t contain myself.  Last night, we took him to El Torito and he sat in a booster seat at the table the entire meal like a little angel.  He tried to make eye contact with the other diners and say “hi” to everyone but besides that, he was engaged with us and easily entertained with a Thomas the Train catalog and some nifty stickers.  We split the kids fajitas and he helped himself to the fresh fruit bowl.  I was majorly impressed.

Not to mention our trip to the book store yesterday.  My little man loves himself some books!  We spent about 45 minutes at Barnes and Noble picking books and then taking them to the little bench to read them.  He was the best behaved boy there.  He easily enters a situation with other children and has no problem saying, “hi,” sharing with the others and leaves playtime easily when it’s time to go.

He is a joy.  🙂