We think Katherine may finally be starting to realize that she is going to need to talk to us to get us to do what she wants. Thus far she’s been relying pretty heavily on physical signs: climbing onto the chair when she’s hungry, imperious outstretches of the arm to indicate that she wants her water bottle, or furious shakings of the head to emphasize her point (she seems to think that this works for yes or no, and that the head-shaking just helps to get the point across). But she’s been doing hilarious “Oh nooooooooo”s and “Oh wowwwwwwww”s for awhile now, and the first “word” seems to be “book.” Or, rather, “ba” while climbing up on the couch and pointing at the books (and if that isn’t enough, climbing up on the table next to the couch to grab the books herself–always a bit alarming). She’ll then say “ba ba ba” to try to get us to give her all the books on the shelf. Sydney’s already worried about her greedy tendencies . . .