I love the moments when you realize that your baby is not just a 'baby', but a person who grows and learns every day. I had one of those moments today.
We have this small stuffed duck that, when you push its belly, makes a very realistic "Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack" noise. We don't give it to Aidan often, but I was having coffee at a friend's house this morning and I pulled it out. We played with it a bit, and shortly after it played for the last time, Aidan looked at me and said, "Kak, Kak, Kak, Kak!!". It was so funny to see him imitating the duck. A little while went by and Aidan picked up the duck and repeated, "Kak, Kak, Kak, Kak". It was cool to see he remembered that the duck made that sound.
What made me REALLY smile was a few hours later...When I change Aidan, I have to give him a toy to keep him occupied so he doesn't roll all over the place. I usually give him a toy duck that he only gets when he is getting changed. Well, I gave him the duck, he picked it up, looked it over and said, "Kak, Kak, Kak, Kak." Now, the fact that he was imitating the sound he just heard made me happy, but the fact he associated the sound of one toy duck with another toy duck just amazed me. It really shows that he is making connections, associations, etc. My boy is thinking!
Of course, the sound I most love now? "Kak, Kak, Kak, Kak...."