Toddler talk

This week, we drove past a herd of buffalo.  Really, it was a few cows, but to our 4 year old, it was a herd of buffalo.  He was very excited to see them on our drive up to the mountains. When I think back to when he was first learning to talk, I think we would have been quick to point out his error.  I think, at the time, our parenting role seemed so incredibly important that we would have figured that if we didn’t set him straight right then and there then he would eventually be the laughing stock of his first grade class on a field trip to the dairy farm when he thought the cows were buffalo.

We have loosened up over time.  (I think loosening up naturally happens as your focus expands from 1 to 3 kids).  We just said, “Wow, look at that!” 🙂  This got me thinking about some of the other things that our kids say that have just become a part of our regular vocabulary, that might seem strange to someone else.  Here are some examples:

Uncle Bran Man-  Cracklin Oat Bran Cereal  (our oldest’s favorite)

Papi/ pipi-  Pacifier

Chicken Leg-  Chick-fil-A

Nummies- (Gummies) aka Fruit Snacks

Superfast-  One of the 50 “Little Einsteins” rockets in our house

Sexcicle-  This means a cul-de-sac.  We aren’t really sure where this name came from. Come to think of it, this one we probably SHOULD correct!

Anyway, these are all words that we have just naturally integrated into our own vocabulary.   Words that I already love and cherish as creations of my beautiful children.  I know that the actual time that these words will be commonplace in our home will be short, but in my heart these words will be reminders of this magical time with my young children.

Well, I am “big tired”, as my little guy would say.  I’m off to bed, but I can’t wait to see what these guys are going to say tomorrow. 😉

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3 Responses to Toddler talk

  1. Jenni says:

    Too cute.

    David still refers to the basement as the “base minute” and, even at six, I can’t bring myself to correct him.

  2. David Harris says:

    It’s impossible to tell new parents to relax, we’ve tried. As they get older, new things keep adding to the fun. For example, we have a rule from hockey: as long as a fight is one on one and mostly verbal, we let it ride for a few mins.


  3. Emily says:

    Aww, Jenni, I love it!

    David, that is hilarious. If I think we have loosened up with 3, I can only imagine life with 7!!! 🙂 I guess “choose your battles” must have a whole new meaning!

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