You might be surprised that Mia hasn't yet mastered the art of language. Yes, she can say Mama, Dada, yeah, baby and Mimi (her nickname) but there's also a lot of undefinable babble in there. As a dietitian, I'm focused on getting her to eat a variety of foods and communicating the names of fruits and vegetables.
I'm trying to get creative. Last week I was feeding her carrots, peas and corn and simultaneously pointing excitedly at pictures of each of them in my "I Can Eat a Rainbow" board book. I searched Mia's face for recongition such as "Mom is amazing! There are vibrant pictures of carrots, peas and corn right there and look, she's even feeding real versions to me. I can't wait to eat all of them. Happy day!" That didn't happen. She did eat a few bites of veggies though. I'll take it.