I have a very clear memory of a time when Oliver was around 18 months. He was standing in front of me in his bedroom in the early afternoon and I was quizzing him about his body parts: "What's this?" I asked him, first in English and then in German. He could name every part in both languages -- even unusual parts like lips, cheek, tongue, elbow, neck. ... Now the only two body parts I know he can say are 'nose' and 'eye' and neither one would he say in response to a question. The word 'nose' is used only as part of a script from Bob the Builder and the word 'eye' only to say: "I have something in my eye."
At one time Oliver could also tell me the names of all the shapes and a few colors. He could tell me what sounds the animals make. He could also name about a dozen differnt kinds of vehicles: mail truck, milk truck, tow truck, bulldozer, tanker, tractor, bicycle, motorcycle. ... now he can say truck, car and occassionally bicycle.
So where did all of that stuff go? Is it still in there where he can access it? What happened that made it so hard to say those words when it seemed effortless before?
I'm not really asking for answers because I don't believe anyone knows.
It just sucks sometimes.