Emma Kate has hit a verbal explosion! Just when I fell into the bad habit of comparing children (you know, why isn't she doing this? Caroline did it at 20 months, etc.) Emma Kate began with sentences. The other night she told Matthew, "I want pizza". Today she brought me her empty sippy cup and shook it then added, "and I want ice". I wasn't sure I heard her correctly, so I had her repeat it. about five times. I gave her water and ice (in this house, we don't refer to it as simply ice water. Caroline started the trend.) and she went happily on her way. I really think a lot of her tantrums are partly being frustrated with not being able to communicate her many, many wants. This is a step in the right direction and oh-so-cute to hear!