When your child is an infant, you eagerly await for him/her to make a noise that you can connect to a word. You hover over them cooing and chatting away in attempts they will mimic you. You make videos, call family and (nowadays) post these “conversations” on Facebook. Eventually the babbling emerges into more recognizable words – or so you think. Many of our children say “Dada” first. I’ve been told it’s easier to say than “Mama.” Nice! In our house, Andrew called us both Dada for a bit. Even when I would respond with Mama to help reinforce my name, he would just laugh and say Dada again – little stinker!
As words become phrases and phrases become sentences, certain mispronunciations occur. I find these to be quite cute and waver between correcting them or letting them be. Many times when I parrot back with the correct way, Andrew will still respond back his way. It’s just how he hears it. So sometimes we just use that variation. We just have to be careful not to use it in public! J
Here are some of my favorite Andrew-isms:
Note – nope
Amn’t – am not
Frope – throat
Excabert – expert
Excabator – excavator
Vermote – remote
To confinamy and beyond – infinity
That was the best pizza I never had – instead of “ever” had
Freef – third (he says three as “free”)
In the past two months, Alex’s language has exploded! He is stringing words together at lightning speed. He’s not into the beginning “s” sound on many words which provides many Alex-isms.
Boopbrush – toothbrush
Fruitbus – school bus
Yes are – Yes it is/ Yes I am
No are – No it isn’t/ No I’m not
Fippery – slippery
Peabutter – peanut butter
Nake – snake
Pider – spider (not sure what he has against the letter “s”)
Tar – star
Funder - thunder
As times goes by, I am getting better with these toddler translations. I also find it helpful information to pass on to family members and babysitters. If you’ve ever been involved with a toddler, who is trying to tell you something over and over again, and you are getting the words wrong, EEESH! It’s frustrating for both you and the toddler!