Cooper has been finally making friends with the "D" sound. It takes him considerable effort and forethought, though, and is pretty funny to watch the face he makes as he is prepping for that tongue twister. It's nice that he is noticing that there is a difference with what he says and what he hears from everyone else. The word he is most proud of, however, is not "Dad", probably because the D's on the end are tricky and it still comes out "Dag", but "Duke". (My brother.) He lies in bed after waking up and I hear him practicing, "Duke. Duke. Duke." and before we have him start practicing new words, every time, he beams, says "Duke!" proudly to show he knows what we want him to do, then he tries the new word.
He is such a smart little guy and has been picking up much of the alphabet/early reading skills that we have been working on with Boston. Lately their favorite show has been "Between the Lions"--it's similar to Sesame Street but with muppet lions who live at the library and teach the kids to read. It used to be Leslie's favorite show, too, and I think it taught her a lot of reading skills, so I'm glad they like it. They have a segment on that show called, "Gawain's Word, Gawain's Word" (it's like a parody of "Wayne's World, Wayne's World, party-time, excel-lent",etc.) where two jousting knights charge together "at high speed" to spell a word. The first knight says "D", the second knight says, "Ance" then they ram together and dance, for one example.
So yesterday the boys were making an awful racket after dinner, yelling and ramming the beep beep and Macy's walker together (she wasn't in it at the time...). I was getting bugged until I realized what they were doing. They were making words! Oooo. Aaaaay. OOOOoo. AAAaay. Crash!!! OOooAAAY! Then they'd laugh hysterically. Who cares if the words weren't really words. They'll catch on eventually.