But lately, I've been beginning to wonder how much he really does understand. At dinner the other day, the hubby mentioned something about "hot lovin'," and the nibble made a noise that sounded exactly like a bed creaking. A noise that neither of us has ever heard him make before. We looked at each other in shock and then both laughed and said "there's no way." Note to us: Do not talk about sex at the dinner table.
During bathtime a few nights ago, the hubby was making a comparison between the expressions of the nibble and those of a friend's child (who is a close friend of the nibble's). Agreeing, I stated the nibble has a million different faces for every possible situation and the friend only has one - and then made the mistake of duplicating that expression. For the next 20 minutes, the nibble kept making the expression himself and then laughing. And when I asked him who that was supposed to be, he clearly said his friend's name. Second note to us: Do not talk about anyone he knows in a way we wouldn't want repeated.
I looked for some insight on BabyCenter, a site that I do find quite helpful as a first-time mom. For Understanding Speech and Concepts at 19 to 24 Months, it states: By now, your child can understand simple questions such as "Do you want more milk?" Huh. He's been able to answer that one for the past nine months.
I suppose we'll never actually know what he understands at 20 months. So I guess we need to err on the side of caution and dial back our jokes and adult conversations. At least for the discussions that take place before 8:15 p.m.