Well, maybe it's not technically a "word" - but it is a consistant vocalization in regards to a specific event... but that wouldn't have made for a nice title. Anyway, for the past few weeks Sam has been communicating his desire to eat by uttering "eh." But those two letters on the computer screen don't do this new skill justice.
Sometimes, as Sam is sitting in his chair with his bib on waiting patiently for me to get to the task of feeding him, he will calmly sit with his mouth open in anticipation and say "eh." But other times, when I have the spoon perched near his mouth, I decide to see if I can get him to talk to me first and ask, "Hey Sam? You wanna... eat!?" And this is when he'll look at me and I can see him gearing up, every muscle set into motion to proclaim his need. He puts his whole body into it and shouts, "EH!" Then he smiles, pleased with himself and our little game. Jackson thinks it's pretty cool that he can get his little brother to talk and will ask Sam if he wants to eat when we're driving down the road, when Sam's taking a bath, or during other times when eating is not an option.
Sam has also learned how to roar like a dinosaur. Jackson spends a lot of time as a Tyrannosaurus Rex with a very loud roar, and now, it seems that Sam has picked up this lovely sound. It's so nice to see the two boys communicating with each other.
And the other day I was playing with Sam while one of his toys played a song that included different animal sounds... when the song finished I swear I heard Sam squawk just like one of the parrots in the song.