I don't know why I find it so surprising that Patrick's developing like he is. Maybe because I think everything is a miracle. Probably more so that I see him compared to Erin, who has 21 months of development on him. When Erin was learning to talk, she babbled ALL the time but didn't mimic. She wouldn't for the life of me repeat anything I was trying to get her to say...until later.
Patrick is a parrot. He doesn't get it perfect, of course, but when you say words at him he says something that kind of sounds like it back. And I love it.
This morning I was changing Erin's diaper. I pulled off her pants, and put them on her face and said "Peekaboo!" So she started playing. "Keekaboo! Keekaboo! Keekaboo Paquack!" And Patrick in response put his hands on his face, pulled them off and said "Buh-boo!" with a huge grin.