Wally’s Words

A few weeks ago Caroline and I made a list of all the words Wally’s knew at the time, when he was 17-months old.  It has taken me awhile to get it together to publish that list, and in the meantime his vocabulary has grown fast enough that I doubt my ability to make an accurate list of all the words he knows as of today.

Below is Wally’s word list at 17-months-old alongside a list we made for Jay when he was 19-months-old.  Jay’s is slightly longer but he was two months older.  All told Wally is learning to talk faster than his big brother did, a point I emphasize in order to spark sibling conflict when they’re older.

Comparing the two lists you see that there’s a lot of overlap: 16 of Wally’s first 39 words were among Jay’s first words, too.  To the extent that vocabulary differences reflect personality differences, I’d point to Wally’s early acquisition of the word “dancin'” (which he loves to do atop our dining table whenever we turn our backs) and Jay’s early acquisition of the word “keys.”

Wally’s Words (at 17-months)

  • Hi/Hello
  • No
  • Bye
  • Hot
  • Down
  • Mama
  • Daddy
  • Cheese
  • Mine
  • Nose (“no”)
  • Ball
  • Train (“too-too”
  • Apple
  • Peanut Butter (“PB”
  • Book
  • Banana (“nana”)
  • Kitty
  • Ow
  • Shannon (“danon”)
  • Puffed wheat
  • Yay
  • Raisin (“bindin”)
  • Smoothie (“poon”}
  • Toast (“toe”)
  • Shoe (“too”)
  • Boom-boom
  • Poop
  • Boo
  • Up
  • Vroom-vroom
  • All done
  • Noodle (“nu-nu”)
  • Hug
  • Airplane (“ah-deen”)
  • Dancin dancin’
  • Baby
  • Pumpkin
  • Bedtime
  • Leaves
  • Yogurt
  • Moo
  • Neigh
  • Bird
  • Bending (he taunts Jay by “bending” books in front of him)
  • Goat
  • Baby

Jay’s Words (at 19-months)

  • Hi/hello
  • No
  • Bye
  • Hot
  • Down
  • Mama/mommy
  • Daddy
  • Cheese
  • My/mine
  • Nose (“no”)
  • Ball
  • Choo-choo
  • Apple (used for apple and orange)
  • PB
  • Books (“buuts”)
  • Banana (nana)
  • Yes/yeah
  • Door (“doa”)
  • Bottle (“boppy)
  • Opa, Papa, Jackie, Emma, Andrew/Andy
  • Juice (“jis”)
  • James (“Jem,” pronounced with French j)
  • Keys
  • Please
  • Teeth
  • More
  • Thank you (“geek-um”)
  • Snow
  • Toes
  • Eye
  • Cheek
  • Chin (“sheen”)
  • Car (“ca”)
  • Cracker (for cracker and cookie)
  • One
  • Two
  • Water
  • I love you (“olive”)
  • School (“kool”)
  • Elmo
  • Open
  • I want (“I wa”)
  • Bumblebee (“bumbee”)
  • Wall
  • Coat
  • Phone (“pone”)
  • Elbow
  • Bath
  • Spot (“pot”)
  • Fun (“pun”)
  • Moon (“boon”)
  • Tree (“tee”)
  • Come
  • Shoes (“shiz”)
  • Boots
  • Bubbles
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