12-Word Lexicon of My Children’s Speech, February 2014
BAH-yull (bottle): that dispenser of water that also doubles as a cuddle friend in her crib, without which SHE WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP.
KEEEEEE-koo: cracker, anything crunchy, snack, food. Sample use in a sentence: “Mmmmm…. keeeeekoo.”
DAT/THAT: screamed loudly, the ever-shifting direct object of “I want.”
Potty: what she–of her own volition–sat on today to go poop. Way to go, kiddo!
Guy Gagné! Guy Gagné! (pronounced “Gee Gah-NYAY”): 5-time winner of the Indy 500 in the movie Turbo. Constant foil in his playtime sessions with cars.
No, I want to find it!: the protestation that ensues after he looks everywhere for something, can’t find it, asks us to help find it, and then we find it.
Butt: much to the dismay of his parents, his filler, go-to, and punchline, dozens of times each day. Sample use in a sent–no, never mind. You get the idea.
Good night! I love you!: his ever-effective method of melting parental hearts at bedtime, no matter how many times he has employed the previous lexicon entry in a day.
Let’s share: preface to his taking his brother’s toy away.
Come here, baby! sweet invitation to his sister to come play with him, which she adores.
“Tonight’s dinner: tacos… or if you want, chili… later, kisses”: one of many detailed signs he puts up around the house for various occasions.
Three kids six and under can be exhausting, but I cherish these little ones and their speech patterns.
Now I’m off to rummage the pantry for some keeeekoo.