Oh great. I knew this was coming. Fall22months has started acting like a normal toddler. In my house, all signs point to noise and movement.
Noise. Fall22months is my quiet child. Summer10 isn't too loud but Winter3 and Spring7 can blow out your eardrums with their enthusiastic voices. If they get excited or hurt, watch out and cover your ears! Fall22months has so much to compete with in the house, I expected that he would be loud too. Not so. When he started talking, he'd say words like "book" in an itty bitty voice that made the word sound like [insert very quiet little voice] "boo."
It's possible he's been talking since he was six months old and none of us knew because he was so quiet. Things change and big brothers are so useful for teaching baby brothers things like HOW TO BE REALLY LOUD SO EVERYONE HEARS YOU! It didn't take Fall22months too long to realize that if he sits in his booster seat at the table and says [insert very quiet little voice] "more" or sweetly signs the word at dinner time, it takes a while for us to notice. Now, he yells, "MAAAAAA" (his way of saying more) and even waves his empty plate in the air. This works. It's his way of indicating, "Hello, I'm here and I'm hungry. Try and ignore me now, Mama. Geez, the service in this place is terrible."
He also used to let brothers take toys from him and he'd only voice a quiet complaint. Ha! Those days are gone. Now when a brother tries to play with his toy or push a button he wanted to push Fall22months unleashes a newly discovered piercing, shrieking, screaming sort of noise. Again, this works. He's still a little young to understand sharing and as far as I'm concerned he can yell at his brothers all he wants to. For almost two years now, Fall22months only whimpered in protest but now he has the power to make them back off a little.
Fall22months is still quiet most of the time. Since he's developed this voice, I'm quite grateful that he knows when he really, really wants and needs attention and when he's happy to simply play, quietly.