Ya’ll, this week, words are totally happening. They aren’t the full words, mind you. They are the toddler versions, which means only the most essential sounds are used when conveying the message. Is your baby cussing? Or is she a genius? Only time will tell.
These partial words are cropping up constantly now. With the exception of “owl,” which she puts like 47 syllables in because her momma is from the South. Words this week include:
Momma: Hey, Suzianne, what’s this?
She’s heard the word Elmo maybe seven times in her 17 months on Earth. Dave said “Elmo” to her yesterday when he was adjusting her Elmo backseat mirror. Clear as day, she repeated, “Elmo.”
Keep in mind that this is Suzianne holding an “uck.”
And a dog is an “ock.”
Shoes are “soose.”
A cat is a “cack.”
But somehow, Elmo is straight up freaking Elmo.
I’m not sure how toddlers manage to master fictional character names before they say words like, oh, I don’t know…”MOMMA.” Suzianne’s never even seen Elmo on TV.
Guess I should buckle up because our Toddler Owner’s Manual says the real language explosion happens around at 18 months. Which means four weeks from today, she’s totally gonna look up and ask me if I’m Team Edward or Team Jacob. (Edward by a mile, by the way)