It started with squeaks and grunts. It grew into a slurry of random vowels and consonants. And now, ladies and gentlemen, my dear toddler (that's right-- toddler) has unveiled for your pleasure a complete lexicon of her current words, sounds, and other deliberate forms of communication!
Io (our cat, or any cat)
buck buck buck - chicken (or any bird)
BAR! BAR! BAR! - dog (or any dog-sized animal)
Lots of general pointing
"Words" Mom and Dad have yet to decipher:
Laddle laddle laddle (I suspect this one is just fun to say)
That Io - Geneva has said this sentence a few times. My favorite time was when we had returned from a camping trip, and I was wondering if her affection for her dear kitty had waned during their time apart. Not so! As soon as she saw him she scampered to his side, scooted her butt up against him, and reclined her head back onto his fur. With a look of rapture on her face she sighed, "dat Io." Darn right.
Last but not least, I had to include this gesture because as effective as it is, I'm hoping to eliminate it as soon as possible from Geneva's body language vocabulary. To indicate any hunger or thirst, she now dives for my chest and yanks the neckline of my shirt down as low as it will go. If she has a free hand, she'll go for the bra as well. We're working on the signs for "eat" and "water" before I give some poor old man at the grocery store a heart attack.