I weigh 10.8 kg and am 78.5cm tall. I have 8 teeth and hardly any hair. I can:
- Say in English: Mom, Daddy, dog, muh (milk.) I also answer "Eissh" when asked "What's your name?"
- Say in Portuguese: Mamãe (mommy), bow wow (not sure how it's spelled - maybe bau uau - for dog), a (for água - water), dá (give), and something that sounds like "desce" (down.) Answer "Cadê o dodoi?" (Where's the owie?) by saying "ay" and pointing to the place that hurts.
- Say the names of some of my friends and neighbours - Jessa (Jessica), Chagõ (Tiago), Deiss (Deise), Tata (Carla) and Chi (Tia - auntie - for my babysitter Sandra.)
- Point to my head, nose, mouth, foot, hand, and belly button when asked in English or Portuguese.
- Follow simple instructions in both Portuguese and English. Here are some that I have mastered in both languages:
Go get your car/ball/book/diaper.
Go to Daddy.
Put it in the garbage.
Brush your hair. (Yeah, yeah, I know I don't actually have any hair!)
Sit down (although I understand, I usually don't obey!)
Kiss the baby (kiss myself in the mirror!)
Kick (the ball)
Two words that I only know in Portuguese are "gira" (to which I spin wildly in circles - I haven't learned the word "spin" yet!) and "carinho" (to which I gently touch - or hit - a person or animal.)
- Charm people by showing off that I understand both languages - they can say any of the words below, and I do the appropriate action!
Kiss or beijo
Hug or abraço
Tchau or bye bye
- Fill in the missing "da" if you say "Você é minha vi...." or "Elis is from Cana....." OK, OK, so I don't actually know what I'm saying, but that's beside the point. My neighbour Carla taught me that trick, and everybody loves it!
- Use hand signs for "hungry," "milk," "doggy," "bath" and "all done" and shake my head to disagree.
Well, that was the most photo-free post I have ever done. I will work on getting some photo and video evidence for all these grand claims. In the meantime, please encourage me by leaving comments - I might even get those pictures up faster if you do! But for now, I've got some sleeping, growing, and learning to attend to!