I believe we are experiencing the 'language explosion'. When H turned 20 months I made a list of all his words and he had about 70. This maybe be below average, I have no idea but we are enjoying the communication. This weekend he had a stomach ache (ok, I think the kid was constipated) and was pointing to his belly saying. 'Owwww'.
This morning when I was driving (him to school and me to work) he was pointing out all the things on the drive.
'Goooooh' (ghosts hanging in neighborhood trees)
'Naaaayyyy!' (horses at the horse farm down the street)
All this while he was eating his 'ancake' and making a huge mess in the backseat.
We have made progress with the pacifiers and all by his own doing. He no longer wants Bubby in his mouth at all times. He still wants to play with them, throw them around, hide them in his toys, etc. But now he's content to have one in his mouth only when he's tired or in bed. We've gotten a little tricky with bedtime since we learned that a great way to get him to bed without even a peep is to ask him if he's ready to see his bubbies. Earlier in the evening one of us will have stocked the crib with 5-10 pacifiers. When he sees that his bubbies are already sleeping, he tries to climb in the crib, takes two fists full of bubbies, and goes to sleep. Easy peesy.