Arica and I are coming to the realization that Braden is going to be a talker. Right now he says about 15 different words on a daily basis. His favorites are "bite", "no", and of course "mama". Arica just called me this afternoon to tell me he had started saying "stop". That is a new one, but it seems to fit with his personality of wanting to do things his way all the time.
These words are not the ones that give us the feeling we are raising a conversationalist. That comes from his non stop gibberish. No matter what Braden is doing he talks while doing it. He doesn't just make noises though. He is telling a story complete with smiles, laughter, and hand gestures. If you don't listen to his stories he will march right up to you and get your attention. He just likes to talk.
When I was a kid I was a talker too. In grade school I was constantly disrupting class and getting in trouble. I would rather talk to my neighbors than listen to the teacher. At that time we got citizenship grades. The grades were either S for satisfactory or U for unsatisfactory. I got an S minus every single time.
My mother is convinced to this day that the only reason I didn't get a U is because I was a straight A student and they didn't want to scar my record with an unsightly U. I appreciate their discretion because no one wants a government background check to turn up a U. That is right up there with criminal mischief and substance abuse.
So I am starting to wonder if I am going to "pay for my raising" with Braden. Am I going to learn how my mom felt all those times I brought home notes for misbehavior. Am I going to relive the fun of talking to teachers about my sons incessant talking. It's way to early to tell. Braden is a great kid, and for now I am going to assume that he will be the perfect angel.
I do, however, like the fact that Braden seems to be so outgoing. That can serve him well in life. Being shy is very difficult so maybe he won't be burdened with that.
You never know. He might use his gift of gab to become a great orator like Winston Churchill without the British accent. He might even be a talk show host or a sportscaster. At this moment anything that requires a lot of talking seems like a good possibility.
No matter what comes of Braden's chattering, he is certain to be highly entertaining along the way.