Hailey has an ever increasing vocabulary. Today at day care she told a
child to ‘stop’. He must have done something Hailey didn’t like. She
also shared her toy with another child without being asked to.

At home Hailey says ‘Hi’ when she sees the cat for the first time in
the morning, or when Brianna comes home from work, or when I come back
from the store. Every time she does it, it catches me completely off
guard. It is the clearest word she says. She seems to know exactly
what it means.

Day care is teaching Hailey some sign language. They plan to teach her
more during the summer. Right now she knows ‘cookie’. Luckily for us,
a graham cracker or a goldfish cracker is an acceptable substitute for
a cookie.

I have been busy teaching Hailey the finer nuances of barnyard animal
sounds. She can moo and almost quack. She thinks a pig growls instead
of oinks and she thinks a lamb says ‘ha ha haaa’. It’s probably better
that way. Her growl for the lion is different than the growl for the
pig which is different still from the growl of the tiger. Three
distinct growls, I’m proud. One day very soon we may get meow down but
that one is harder than it sounds.