Grace hasn't ever really sung, but at lunch today she decided it was time to start singing happy birthday and to keep at it. In a kind of monotone, off key voice she sun, "Happy birthday to mommy, happy birthday to mommy," and just kept going. It is really exciting for us, because it is the first time she has wanted to sing and we all joined in and she kept going. It is great and we are really interested to see how long it takes before she starts to pick up a tune.
She also recently started to say, "Mama, papa," which on paper looks really arbitrary, but it is the way she is saying it that makes us laugh. In one of the Dora episodes there is a penguin which wants to go home to the South Pole to its, "Mama, Papa." Being Dora, the penguin says it in a Spanish sort of way and Grace says it exactly like the penguin, kind of like, "Mamaah, papaah." Today she extended it to, "Mamaah, papaah, aunty." She has also started counting the stars in Spanish.
It is her ability to copy that is interesting. She is now really good and really fast at copying words, and there is often an echo in the room while we're having a conversation. It is something that she didn't do at the "normal" time, and yet another sign of how much her speech has improved.