The Last of the Baby Words

Watching B get older I realized how fast they grow out of the baby words they use. I don’t mean baby talk but their own made up or mix up words. A couple of B’s last ones were “Milky” for milk and “Strawby Strawby” for strawberry and “Hanky” for his blanket. I remember when B went in for Kindergarten testing and the teacher pointed to a glass of milk and he said “Milky!”. She looked at me then B and said, “We call it milk. He should start calling it milk because he will be made fun of in school if others hear him calling it milky.” My heart sank. I wanted to plea with her that it was his last baby word but I knew better. The word took a week or so of correcting to drop but he switched over. However, I doubt he would have been made fun of seeing that a few kids in his class still spoke legit baby talk! Let me tell you, this was my first experience with kids picking up crap from other kids and bringing it home. Breaking him of copying his peers from baby talk about bruised his backside. That was annoying!

M is now getting to the age where those made up words are drifting away. He used to say “Mish-u-een” for machine and I noticed that he uses the correct terms or sounds now and it’s a small reminder that he’s growing up. In the last few days I’ve heard him say “Efelant” for elephant and “Cheap Cheap” for baby chicks. Today he was trying to make me a promise about good behavior which I never fall for but it’s fun to hear him say “I square mom! I square!”. He means to say he swears.

I think I would start getting sad and teary about watching my boys age but I have K to follow in their foot steps so in another year I’ll have another full vocabulary to try and decipher and take notes of in a baby book.

What are some of your favorite words that your kids created?

Humps and Dumps

DUMPS

Earlier today I made everyone take a nap in preparation for tomorrow. It is going to be a long day. Inevitably both B and M had to poop. I think they hold it for a non-convenient time. I made M sleep in my room so I told him he had to poop in my bathroom. He was sitting on the toilet and I heard a grunt…sigh…splash. “Wow, that was a big dump!” Ewwwww! Boys are gross!

HUMPS

B was talking about whales today and I have no clue where it came from. He has a book on whales that I have read with him many times. I always feel weird when we talk about the Humpback and Sperm Whales. Seriously? Could they have given these poor animals a worse name?

He was talking mostly to Scott but I happened to zone in right when he asked
“Why are they called Humpback Whales? Oh wait I think I know why. It’s because they hump. They hump their backs” Now this kid, as much to my knowledge, doesn’t know what the slang term means or refers to.
“No, it’s because they have a hump back like a camel.” Scott corrects.
“Oh, why don’t they call it a Camel Whale?”
It sure would keep the juvenile in my head from giggling.