Misunderstanding a Toddler – Vol. 1.
Steps and swallowing solids aside, talking is by far one of the most exciting milestones to date. I’m loving the fact that T understands (most of) what I say, and can often tell me what he wants (as long as I go through a list of 10 or so items first). I’m really enjoying listening to this toddler talk/little babbles, as well as watching him try and tell me something.
This is just a snippet of what we hear on a daily basis and I love it. Sometimes it’s jibber jabber, sometimes we hear actual words. Other times we hear what we think are words but then realise they couldn’t possibly be words, such as the other day when I’m sure he said ‘Bill Cosby’. I can’t imagine what he was trying to say or what he had heard to warrant giving it a go and coming out with ‘Bill Cosby’. Nevertheless, it’s so cute and I can’t wait to hear what comes out of his mouth next.
There are a huge amount of words T can now say; he can request water, for ‘more’ or tell us ‘no more’ when it comes to mealtimes, for his ball or for ‘choo choo’ (which is either TV or Thomas the Tank Engine). He tells us ‘NO!’ and give us various animal noises. T also understands when I’m asking for a particular vehicle or when I’m asking him to pick up his damn water bottle (again).
As part of this new milestone has come a HUGE amount of fun as well, and by that I mean the way T says things that I misinterpret or can’t quite understand.
In no particular order, here are just a few of things I swear I have heard T say within the past month.
D’accord (French for Okay, apparently)
<speech resembling a foreign dictator>
Bullshit (in mine and Sharon’s defence, we don’t use this word but when your toddler says “Bol Sit” you do start to doubt yourself).
See, if toddlers are good for one thing it’s comedic value. I know it’s only going to get worse, and the mispronounciations are only going to get more public, but this going to be fun.