Communicating with Oia takes some skill and a good dose of interpretation. You can't just ask her any ol' question and expect to get a clear answer. That's not to say she doesn't know the answer or have an opinionated response. Too often though, the words just fail to come from her mouth correctly making many of her words unintelligible. Conversing with questions that require a yes or no response works best for us which means give-and-take conversations are almost non-existent in our home, although we do try. But recently, her expressive language has picked up some speed and is developing into something we had always hoped and knew it would (though the road is still long). Last night's conversation with Daddy is proof that expressive language is indeed still emerging...
Daddy: Hey Oia, tell Daddy where the kitchen rug is.
Oia: (pointing to the back deck door) Out.
Daddy: Why is the rug outside?
Daddy: It's outside because there is pee on it! Who pee'd on the rug?
Oia: (tapping her chest and smiling) Me!
It came and went just like that. A "real" conversation concluded with laughter. Her words, not to mention her honesty, made our hearts smile.