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March 30, 2006


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One way to turn the frustration into something mood-elevating is to take the discovered object (like sneakers) and hold them (or point to them or touch them) and pronounce the word slowly, in her face, so she can see your lips, teeth, and tongue. This helps her learn to enunciate and makes you feel good about teaching her something. Can I get a "Yay, Team!"...

Seriously, this is the funniest post I have EVER read!

When my daughter is not understood...she becomes so frustrated and has started smashing her nose against mine whilst saying the misunderstood word VERY EMPHATICALLY!!

Oh the joy!

MM~ The bird??? LOL. That is some pretty good fine mother skills!!!

Something may be wrong with me, but I'm thinking that Mad Gabs game sounds kind of fun.

Sigh. Of course, my girls are not toddlers anymore, so maybe I'm just craving some insanity-inducing activity.

I'm still playing the "Good job, that's right" game with my nephew who just turned four. Why? Because, not only is his pronounciation not always clear, he speaks Spanish and English, together and interchangeably. And here me, being the one in our family with the least amount of Spanish, trying to decipher whether the garbled word he just spoke was Spanish or English, let alone what the word was, it's just a lost cause. So I do a lot of nodding and saying, "Really? Wow."

My son can't talk yet (he's 9 mos), but I am trying to teach him sign language. We've been working on it for a few months, but so far the only sign he's made is when he flipped me the bird once. He really did. I have the photo on my blog to prove it. No doctoring necessary :)

Oh my god. Thank you for making it sound so funny. I'm laughing WITH you, I swear. Especially since I don't even know what I have in store. You make it seem a lot more manageable.

My baby may be singing Twinkle Twinkle, but she also still says "cock" for truck, ya know. All the time. Yesterday, it was "Red cock. Brown cock. Black cock. White cock." Oooookay then.

We do ASL as well... Although some of the signs require a great deal of fine motor skills.

Kristen ~ I'm sure the ST will help - although receptive language does come way quicker than the expressive.

(I've worked extensively with speech therapists and with kids with speech difficulties).

Aiden is just starting to talk, so thanks for the heads up! We are also teaching him sign language because I read that it reduces the temper tantrum stage. The link that Fidget was referring to is the Michigan State University American Sign Language Browser: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm

Had to comment. Jake (21 months) has 4-5 words: "joos" (anything to drink/eat; can also mean shoes), "ki" (kitty, Petey our dog, or keys), and "whoa" and "owie". Nothing else except grunts. From this I am supposed to figure out what he wants?

He had an appointment with a speech therapist today where we discovered that he is at 21 months for understanding, 23 months for problem solving/following directions, and 14 months for verbal speech. *sigh* Speech therapy here we come.

lol! I just blogged about this yesterday!!! I said I needed a toddler interpretor!!

Brilliant. But scary. I keep waiting for someone to tell me it all mellows out and becomes cruisy very soon...and that's not happening. I guess I'd rather be prepared than startled. gah.

Obviously "neekus" means "sneakers"! If you lived in New England you would know that. LOL


That game Mad Gabs. It does sound like Hell in A Box. Ask Rude Arrive Her = Screwdriver = crazy irritated game participant.

Rosie's clearly been trying to expand her vocabulary, but everything sounds the same to me. It's all "doh" or "dah" or "ba". She was counting the other day -- definitely seemed to get the idea of counting to 5 based on the way she was handling the markers she had -- but all the numbers sounded the same except "five" which had the "i" sound instead of the "ah" sound.

She has zero patience so I am interested so see how it goes when she realizes we're not getting what she's trying to say.

p.s. -- who needs the baby whisperer? what about a baby interpreter?!

This reminds me of a story my mom used to love telling me about how she nearly committed herself trying to figure out what I was desperately trying to tell her I wanted. I kept saying "Stashinater" to her and she couldn't figure out what the fuck a Stashinater was. She finally somehow figured out that it was a toy and she eventually took me to Sears so I could walk up and down the aisles and point out what a Stashinator was.

It was an Etch-a-Sketch.

I used to spend a lot of time with a bilingual little girl. Sorting out her toddler English was hard enough, but toddler Spanish in addition? Ha! I have NO earthly idea how her parents did it.

(Thanks for the shout-out, by the way!)

I guess it is better than understanding your 2 year old going around the house saying stupid and shut up.

I swear I let those slip exactly TWICE and now I'm stuck with it!

Anxiously awaiting those days. Or, should say, *was* anxiously awaiting those days. Now they sound like a bad post-grad seminar in Post-Structural Readings of Dr. Seuss gone terribly, drunkenly wrong. I quake in my sensible shoes.

It actually sounds like fun. For someone who can come in for an hour and then leave. :-) I hate that game - mad gabs.

We still go through this a bit at our house and the boy is almost 4! There were many temper tantrums in our house a year or so ago.... And they weren't just the boys!

And Christina is right, it IS like living with a baby Bob Dylan! Heehee.

I am laughing so hard right now that I am snorting very expensive trendy bottled water from the hotel minibar out my nose. I always thought that all parents understood their own kids, and that I was just an idiot who looked at my friends' toddlers and thought they were speaking Martian to me. Thanks for the clarification!

Enjoy these days. Because soon you will wish they didn't speak with such clarity. Usually it is when they say the F-word in front of grandma or perhaps, when they repeat grandpa's favorite saying in a room full of strangers: "Be quiet or I'll put my boot up your ass." Words that every proud mother of a three year old wants to hear...

SIGN LANGUAGE is a BLESSING! A Blessing I say! You teach them the sign in conjunction with teh word - they do the 2 together - you have some earthly clue what they are saying. We taught mira the basicas like drink, eat, sleep, dirty, hurt - oh hurt was a BIG one, it helped her to stop hitting us, and for fun we taught her the animals as well as a few other things. It greatly reduced the tim e spent playing charades. I lost the link but there is a website that has quick time videos of each sign so you can SEE how to do it verses looking at a book and figuring out what the 50 different arrows mean

yeah, my son was the same at that age. his little friend (2 months younger, mind) could declare "that was delicious, mommy" while my boy emitted primeval grunts. i am pleased to say, that at 3.5 he can now recite not the gettysburg address, but at least the lyrics to the beatles "come together."

I'm feeling ya, Kristen. It's semi-comical trying to decipher what our 17-month old daughter is saying most of the time. The funny thing is when she's just babbling and then all of sudden will say something random in a perfectly clear intonation. The other day, she was muttering jibberish and then, all of sudden, turned to me and said, "See you later!" and walked away. I thought she'd been possessed!

I miss those days! No really, I do. The cute little baby voice. I had a tape of daughter but it got lost in a move.
Good thing I have her on some VHS tapes.
And now that I've made myself feel really old...

Yes all good sneakers do deserve a goodnight kiss. lol

As my daughter is a bit older, I now use this language game for a source of entertainment. I have her tell my friends "Daddy has a big truck."
Oh yes, the T pronunciation is difficult to master.

Ugh, yes, we're going through the same thing, only my daughter hasn't reached quite that high of a vocabulary yet.

One thing she repeats all the time is "Ceee! Oooooh!" over and over. If someone could figure out what the hell she's saying, I'd kiss them.

You've seen the video of her, so you know she seems to have her own little language. I think Mrs. Chicky said it best - it's like living with a baby Bob Dylan.

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