In the past week, Mia has started to say uh-oh, tent, tie, belt, pat (as in the bunny), circle, up, noodle (she says noo-noo, how freaking cute is that?), baby and Mia. She's said some form of Mia for a while, but it is finally identifiably, undoubtedly her name, and she likes to sing it in the car.
She has started falling down on purpose so she can say uh-oh. She will command you to color a moon, stars, birdie, dog, and baby. If you ask her to, she will draw any of the above, or a gorilla, crocodile, mama, dada, mama's car, dada's car, or any other word she knows. Last night, she drew a sleeping duck. She insisted on both points, that it was a duck and that it was sleeping.
She's told me two stories. "Dada pa babwah bye-bye (emphatic gesture at the door to the attic)." Dada up ladder bye-bye, and yes he did go up the ladder and bye-bye into the attic, four days before she told me about it. Yesterday she told me "Dada share (sign) moo star (sign)." Dada share moon stars, he hung them in her room over a week ago.
Every day for the last three days, she's told me that she needs her diaper changed. ("Poo-poo," grimace, grab at diaper.)
You can give her three balls, ask her to return the one you gave her first, and she will do it. She can identify a square, circle, triangle, oval and rectangle, yellow, red, green and blue. She can count five or six things, tapping them one at a time and not duplicating until she reaches the end (and then inevitably starts over).
There's no longer any doubting or denying. My baby is gone, this is my big girl.