Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Baby Talk

So that I don't forget these Ellie-isms when they go . . .

Ellie confuses some common words, largely because of the way we use them in our house. For example, towards the end of a meal we ask, "Ellie are you all done or do you want more?" rather than, "Ellie are you all done or do you want to eat?" So Ellie sometimes uses eat and more interchangeably. (She also uses "more" correctly in other contexts.)

A few weeks ago, Ellie loved her new stroller. Then we started singing a lot of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and she's nailed all those body parts. So now when I ask her, "Ellie, do you want to go for a walk in your new stroller?" she looks up at me inquisitively and pats her shoulder.

My current favorite is milk. Whenever Ellie is thirsty, she asks for milk. If I offer her juice, she'll repeat it ("jzzzz") and make her sign for juice ("C" hand near the mouth). She flatly refuses to ask for water, though she will sip it when it's offered (she prefers to blow bubbles in water whenever possible). Still, her generic term for a beverage is milk. She emphatically makes the sign for milk, which involves closing a fist out in front of her, much like milking a cow. And she says, "Mup!" Sometimes it even sounds like "bup!" I'll ask, "Milk?" And she'll nod once, forcefully, and say, "Mup!"

4 comments:

ccw said...

How cute!

Muhlk is how it is said in our house and all beverages are called that, too.

Sarahlynn said...

I'm glad to hear that you have a similar-sounding word at your house, and that it means the same thing! So cute.

Now I'm freaking out because someone told me that the shoulder/stroller thing could be a sign of a hearing problem, something I'm always worrying about in the back of my mind anyway. So, it looks like *another* trip to the ENT and Audiologist is necessary . . .

PPB said...

It was "mukum" in my house....apparently because in an effort to entice, it was always offered as "milk--mmmmm"

Sarahlynn said...

Hah! At story time at the library this morning, the librarian was reading a story about circles that showed a tasty-looking pizza. Every time she saw the pizza picture, Ellie said, "mmmmmm." It was adorable.

I'm not saying that I'm suggestable or anything, but Ellie and I had pizza lunchables for lunch afterwards and all 3 of us went out to a local pizza parlor for dinner tonight.