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November 07, 2002

Snuggling with The Bug My

Snuggling with The Bug

My daughter is 22 months old, and VERY verbal. She is putting sentences together and quickly learning how to use words to order people to do what she wants. For the first year and a few months we would wake to the random sounds of grunting coming from her bedroom. Incomprehensible sounds uttered to convey the message, “I am awake, somebody come in here and get me.” That has all changed. Now we wake up to, “Da-da, come and get me. I’m in here,” as though I need directions to walk to the west wing of the house and to her bedroom (really it is more of a hall, not a wing).

So, I go and pick her up and carry her back to our bedroom to hopefully get some additional precious moments relaxing in the bed before having to start our day. She may be quiet for a minute or two, but the conversation soon begins. Today it went something like this:

Bug: Da-dad

Me: (remaining quiet, hoping she will rest for 5 more minutes)

Bug: I wan sum milk, da-da

Me: (still quiet, recognizing this plan is not going to work)

Bug: It’s in the kitchen, da-da (translation: “hey dumbass it’s not going to walk to you”)

More silence

Bug: It’s in the fwidge, da-da. It’s in the kitchen, da-da. Get up, da-da. I wan milk, da-da.

Me: Can you say please?

Bug: Pleece, da-da (while additionally giving the sign language motion for please)


This all resulted in me getting up and getting her the desired milk. Why did we ever teach her that sign language? It is too cute to resist. Must…..get….milk…….power of 2 year old……….too much.

I thought it would be cool when she started talking, but it does mean that more time is needed to answer questions and censor what I used to say when she was unable to repeat it. Some things just make me want to pee in my pants, like in the bathtub the other night when she took the washcloth and scrubbed her……….region, and said, “I clean coochie, da-da.” What could I say to that? It’s absolutely amazing what they learn and say later when other people are around.

She will also include the, “No, don’t do dat” and the “Sit here”, but somehow this bossiness isn’t so bothersome. Hopefully she will want to curb her desire to run around the house naked before she reaches college or I guess she will be very popular. Kids rock!

Posted by Woundwort at November 7, 2002 01:36 PM | TrackBack
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