This is Bella's current obesession. She converses quite effectively when we are really interacting, but sitting in her carseat or before going to sleep or just toddling around the house she babbles a lot, seeming to work things out for herself. Currently she seems to be working on gender. She repeats the words: "Daddy... Man... Daddy...Man" over and over. Sometimes she talks about Mama being a woman, too, and about other people but mostly it is Daddy. (Actually she was saying "Mama... Man" for awhile yesterday and we went back and forth about this for awhile! I think "man" is just a lot easier to say than "woman"--at least I hope that's it!)
I'm working on introducing the concept of "grownup," so I don't automatically attach a gender to everyone--and heck, with some of our magazines it is pretty much impossible to say for sure! We already are using "kid" and "baby."
This is a blog site for the adoption journey of Isabella Youlan Minmao, as written by her parents, Jeff and Andrea. Isabella was adopted from Tonggu, Jiangxi Province in China on May 9th, 2005. She was born February 25th, 2004, and was 14 months old when we met her.
Jeff is owner and winemaker for a small winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard (see link below).
Andrea is a reference librarian.