Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Words, words, and more words!

Every day brings a new word!

I'm serious.  It is completely insane at this point.  Your sole purpose in life, right now, seems to be to monitor what your dad and I are saying, form your cute little mouth to match ours, and then... BOOM!  New word!  I got to thinking that I haven't really gone over all of the words you know at this point.  Sit back, it's a loooooong list for a 17 month old!

"Da-da" - Of course you know who your dada is!  I can point to him in a picture and ask, "Who is this?"  "DA-DA!!!"  I can tell you that dada is coming home soon and you get all excited!  In the car, you belt out long strings of "da-da-da-da-da-da-da...." to get his attention and when we're out, just us girls, you remind me that you'd be a lot happier if only "da-da?" was around!

"Ma-ma" - But... you love your mama, too!  When you're sad it usually comes out a bit closer to "Mee-mee" and when you want to get my attention, you also string together a bunch of "ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-mas."  You can pick me out in pictures, too!  I love hearing you say "ma-ma!"

"Da-da" - Hmm.... didn't we just cover this one?  Nope.  Sometimes "da-da" means "dog-dog."  It's all a matter of context, really.  If the dogs are around, you're probably saying "dog-dog."  If you aren't looking at dogs, you probably mean dada!  Dada wishes you would learn that darned "G" sound so he quits getting excited thinking you mean him!

"Nyeh-nyeh" - As we've mentioned before, "nyeh-nyeh" means "meow-meow" which means "cat."  You totally KNOW that the word "cat" is the same thing as a"nyeh-nyeh" but you'd rather say "nyeh-nyeh" instead of "cat."  Truth is, you've got ME saying "nyeh-nyeh" a lot of the time, now.  Language is a funny thing, isn't it? "nyeh-nyehs" EVERYWHERE!  You are so obsessed with them, it borders on ridiculousness at this point!  You even "draw" "nyeh-nyehs" with your crayons and chalk.  How do we know this?  You point to your drawing, look at us and say "nyeh-nyeh."  You aren't kidding either.  We'll leave the room, come back later and you'll go up to your drawing and say "nyeh-nyeh" again!

"Na-na" - "Na-nas" are "bananas."  For a while we could barely take you to a grocery store without you pointing out all the "na-nas" and, of course, wanting your OWN "na-na."  Just the other day we were in the kitchen and you pointed to the bananas sitting on the counter, looked at me, and said... "Na-na??"  Needless to say, we ate a "na-na" for snack that day.

"Hawk" - "Hawk" is your word for Jayhawk!  Could we be any prouder that you already know the mascot of the college you're going to attend??? (wishful thinking...)  You HAVE actually said "Jayhawk" at least once, but most of the time he's just called "hawk" for simplicity's sake.

"Hulk" - Your dada is SUPER proud that you already know the name of a comic book character! You've been pointing out the "Hulk" for several months now.  You see him everywhere, too!  Interestingly, any character that is green gets the "hulk" treatment.  

"Sosh" - Socks!  You don't actually LIKE socks, but you know the word for them!

"Beh-beh" - "Beh-beh" is your word for "baby!"  It's said slowly and deliberately.  Right now all babies are "beh-beh," even you!  I will point to your picture and you'll say "beh-beh."  I'll point to a picture of another baby on one of your books and that is also "beh-beh."  It's very cute!

"Bruh-beh" - Brobee.  He's one of the characters on Yo Gabba Gabba and you LOVE that show so much!

"Fah" - Foofa.  She's another character on Yo Gabba Gabba.

"Dee-jah" - DJ as in "DJ Lance Rock" from Yo Gabba Gabba.

"Ga-ga" - Gabba... as in Yo Gabba Gabba.  Are you noticing a trend here??  Sheesh!

"Ball" - SUCCESS!!!  This word actually sounds like it's supposed to!  YAY!  We have other words that sound like they're supposed to, too, including: hat, egg, eye, and doll!

"Go-go" - You say this all of the time because you always want to go somewhere you're not!  We use the word "go-go" when we're trying to wrangle you out to the car so we can actually go somewhere.  Most of the time, you spring into action!  

"Gall-gay" - "All gone"  We use baby signs so you can communicate with us when you don't have words.  However, you've also gained words for your signs so you use them at the same time!  You say "gall-gay" when you're doing your "finished" sign when you're done eating.  You mean "all done" or "all gone" when you're full or the food is gone.  You're so smart!

"Guy" - "Guy"  This one sounds just like it is, too.  You call all sorts of things "guy" now.  Most notably, the "guy" (Uncle Sam) who sits on the steps that lead down to your day care.  Every time we go past him, you point and say, "guy."  It's my fault, really.  You've been asking for months who he was and instead of telling you his name is Uncle Sam, I told you "oh, that's some guy."  Sigh... I think I've learned my lesson!  When you want to know what something is, I should tell you the word I want you using because deprogramming you is nearly impossible!!

These are the ones I can think of right now, but you're always saying things that make your dada and I look at each other and ask, "Did she just say.... ??"  The thing is, you absolutely know what you're saying to us when you rattle off a long string of words and look at us like you're expecting an answer.  Truthfully, you're a lot more adaptive to learning OUR language than we are to learning yours, but we're trying!  Clearly, you're trying, too!

You should go ahead and assume there will be more of these posts in the near future!


  1. Very exciting! And so adorable to hear... and just so freaking COOL to see the development!!

  2. I love that she says hawk and hulk! So cute! Cash just added cat and Cash to his lexicon. Though he usually says them when I'm not around!

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