Littlest Buddy is 16 months old and in a very busy stage. If you put him down in public, you’d better be ready to go after him, because he wants to go everywhere and do everything. He didn’t start walking until a couple months ago, but now that he has perfected that skill, he wants to utilize it.
In mid-March, he started taking off in his talking, as well. At the beginning of March, he barely said anything, except for a specific babble word he had chosen for milk or water, as well as the occasional “da” for yes. At four years old, Little Buddy is a great talker, so I started praying that the two of them would be able to communicate so they would have an easier time playing together.
Soon after that, I remembered that I had given Little Buddy a high quality liquid fish oil for infants at that age, so I bought a bottle and started putting it in Littlest Buddy’s oatmeal. I know it sounds silly, but there are a lot of reviews online from parents who said that fish oil helped improve their child’s language skills. Regardless of whether it helps much in that area, it’s a healthy supplement and one that a lot of doctors recommend.
Within a week of starting to pray and beginning the fish oil, Littlest Buddy’s language skills began to explode. He was suddenly interested in repeating words we said, when he hadn’t been before. Now six weeks later, he says all kinds of things. The other day, he brought me his blanket, and said, “hold it, hold it.” I took it from him, and he grabbed his toy screwdriver and started pretending to screw into the blanket, sound effects and all. I couldn’t help but laugh. Every time he learns a new word, I smile and thank God for answering my prayers.