My sweet baby Bean could walk at 10-months old, earlier than Sister who took her first steps at 10-1/2 months. Sister then followed up this gross motor achievement very quickly with words, talking in small sentences by 12-months old. She is still very verbally adept, spending her free time dreaming up and writing stories, complete with accents and dialect from the characters, even. She keeps a little poetry notebook that she likes to scribble in throughout the day and read to me from at breakfast. Oh, and she talks. A lot.
Bean? Not so much. I know that Bean is only 13-months old, but forgive me for feeling like it's a little late for her not to be talking, given Sister's verbal prowess. The thing is, I think that Bean is perfectly capable of talking, but just doesn't want to for some reason. Here's a list of all the words that she has said over the last month or so--and some she's said a few times--never to be repeated.
nursing (Well, actually "nuh-nuh." And o.k., now that I think about it, she does still use that one to mean nursing and food in general. Don't stand between that child and food.)
uh-oh (Spent a whole day saying that one after hearing a little boy her age saying it, but after that? Nope.)
her sister's name
you go (as in "Here you go.")
She has said all these things, and it's like she wants to make sure we know she CAN say them but just doesn't feel like it again today. Or tomorrow. Or really ever again for that matter.
Bean understands and will follow requests that we make of her (usually). She's quite enamored with just screaming at the top of her lungs right now, thanks very much, so maybe she's just working on that little trick. She communicates very clearly with hand gestures and facial expressions, so maybe there's simply no incentive to talk yet? I don't know what's going on with this one, but I can't help but be a little impatient...