I just wanted to update you folks and let you know that a couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to start speaking. I'm easing into it though. I do all the usuals: "mama" "nonna" "more" "car" "bye" "up." Of course, I may not say them exactly the way you do.
My favorite, though, is "doggie." Last week we went to the zoo, and I never knew there were so many kinds of doggies! This was my favorite doggie. Isn't he cute?