Posts Tagged ‘talking’

Put the Money in Your Pockey

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I’ve talked about Spencer’s language skills before, but one of the funniest things about it is that we can make him learn crazy things without trying too hard. The hubs gave Spencer a folded up dollar bill one day before we went to the farmer’s market, slid it into a little pocket in his jeans. Since then, we put the dollar in his pocket whenever he wears pants with a pocket, always saying, “put the money in your pocket.”

After a week or two of this, if we asked Spencer, “where’s your money?” he would pat his pocket and sometimes say money. Then, we handed him his folded up dollar and he would say money or pockey. And now if we say, put your money in your pocket, he chants, “money, pockey, money, pockey” while trying to shove a folded up dollar bill in his baby pants. I know children aren’t circus animals, but it is pretty damn funny.

16 Months and moving on to two syllable words

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Spencer turned 16 months on Saturday and amidst all of the non-holiday hustle and bustle, I forgot. He didn’t gain much developmentally in the last month, unless throwing your arms overhead and yelling woo-hoo, or in Spencer’s case eeeee-hue, is a milestone. And maybe it should be. He is still amazing me with his speech. I talked about it last month, but this month he embarked on a two syllable word extravaganza.


He learned: yucky, people, berry, belly, hello, poopy, puppy, pizza, cookie, cracker, hippo, monkey, attack, hi-ya, birdie, turkey and for some reason he calls his diaper a ba-ba. On the one syllable word front, he added: moon, tree, pie, down, grape (sort-of, it sounds like graaa, but always means grape), chin, ear, boat, hi and I few more I am forgetting.

And these are just the words he can use correctly and in context. He frequently parrots the last word in a sentence that someone says, but doesn’t understand the meaning and doesn’t do it again. I asked him if he was ready to go home when we were at the park yesterday and he chanted home, home, home the entire walk back to the house, but he hasn’t said it again and shows no recognition of the word today.

He has a few words that are wrong in a slightly understandable way. In the store, he thinks whole red apples are tomatoes, which I understand. They look similar and he mostly eats applesauce or those little freeze dried apple bits, so we never talk about apples. He thinks all red cars are mama’s car, especially hatchbacks. I have a red wagon and our neighbor has a red Golf and he thinks both cars are mine.

He is definitely a toddler and is racing towards little boy. He loves to rearrange chairs and stack cups inside of each other. He arranges toys and food in little straight lines and is starting to make is opinion known. Everyday he amazes me and I feel lucky that he is my little boy.

Don’t forget my Uff Da giveaway ends Friday.

Wordy Wonder

Friday, October 29th, 2010

When I wrote about the words of Spencer’s that I can’t understand, I failed to mention all of his words that I do understand. He had a crazy language explosion in the last two months.  In August, he could say ball, bye-bye, mama, ice and no. The weekend of bloggy boot camp, he added toe, more and wa (water) and has been building ever since. Since he turned 15 months on the 27th, I thought I would record where he was with words at this age.

Wow Wow

Body Parts

Tomato (May-doh)
Potato (Pay-doh)
Lemon (Lum-lum)
Banana (Mna-mnuh)


Da! (Dad)
Cup (Unfortunately, he says this as cock)
Pillow (Pee-Yo)
Stinky (said while grabbing his nose, of course)

Snowman (No-man)
Round Lion (He has a toy we have always called Round Lion, it souns more like zRun Lie, but he clearly means Round Lion)
Hugs (The name of his big elephant)

It's not messy, it's educational!

Toddler Speak

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I’ve never been very good at understand children speak during their barely verbal toddler stage. I’m just getting by with Spencer. Most of the time he seems to be interacting with something when he says it for the first time, but if I hadn’t been holding a banana the first time he said mmmnnnaaannnanAAH, I don’t think I would have know what he was talking about.

He’s been pointing out the window lately and saying mmnneee-mnay, but I have no idea what he means. Spencer also has a bath toy shaped like a snail and was saying snail for days before I realized what he was talking about. The hubs knew right away. Of course. I feel like I am failing Spencer in some language development arena when I don’t get it.

Why don't you understand meeeeeeeee?

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