Just recently Tobin started saying "Tobin." He's been saying it for a few weeks now, but Matt and I were a little slow to catch on because he pronounces it "Munya." In the last couple days, he will say something that sounds a little closer with a definite "oh" sound: "Monya" or "Monyo." I get where "oputus" (octupus) and "epitant" (elephant) and even "big Josh" (giraffe, undoubtedly Joshua from his favorite song) come from, but I'm a little perplexed by this particular pronunciation.
Obviously, Tobin has known his name for a while, but it was always intriguing to us that he wouldn't say it, especially when he would at least try to say anything you asked. We would ask him to say "Tobin" and he would proudly pat his chest. We'd ask again, and he'd pat his chest more emphatically and look at us like, I already did that. But lately, he's been doing adorable things like patting Matt's chest and saying "Daddy!" (always with the exclamation point!) and then patting his own and saying "Munya." Or looking in the mirror with me, pointing to each of us and saying "Mama, Munya, Mama, Munya." He'll even count Tobins--"Munya, one, two, one two"--when looking in the double reflections created in our closet door mirrors.
Now that I think about it, "Munya" is terribly close to "munka" (monkey). Given his love of his Curious George and the Puppies book, this might not be a coincidence.