We were coming back from Target tonight and he gestured to the girls, saying, "Hey, Kids! It's time to come inside!" As I was turning off lights at bedtime, he insisted, "Don't need more dark. I need more light."
He says more and more these days, occasionally original in construct, but more often a direct quote or filling in the blank on a pre-fab sentence. I can completely hear Dowlan telling them the first quote and the second follows one of his common speech patterns, of "Don't need ____. Need _____." He also will exert "I'm ready to _____." or that "I do not like to ________."
It's amazing how well he communicates within these constraints, and we practice new phrases quite often.
Today, the girl we watch after school had changed into dress-up clothes when my girls did and I had sent her into their room to change back into her regular clothes. I could see Charlie looking at her, head cocked, thinking about how to put his thoughts together. He looked up with me, amazed, saying, "She has a button! She has a bee-button!"
It just seemed like it had never occurred to him that humans all have the same basic construct.
She thought it was silly that he seemed so impressed by her navel, answering, "Yeah, most people do."
I'm not around much right now, with all these crazy jobs, but I think the distance is giving me a different perspective on the boy chick.
Best part about it? I think he's starting to appreciate me in my absence. I have gotten two hugs this week, initiated by him.