Now that Dexter is getting more talkative, we’ve been over the moon at his newfound communication skills. But there are still some major difficulties to overcome. The kid definitely has his own way of getting through to you.
Right now, I can generally tell what it is he’s trying to tell me because I’ve been dealing with it on a day to day basis. Mark isn’t quite as good, as most of the time Dex comes to ME to ask for things. So in an effort to make it easier on everyone (and let’s face it – to document the adorable stage he’s going through so he can read all about it later) I have decided to put together a toddler dictionary of all the “words” he knows.
Pah Pah – This is one of his longest running words. Apparently it means duck. He associates animals with the noises they make, and for some reason “Quack Quack” was always “Pah Pah.” Of course, now pah pah has morphed into ANY bird he sees.
Oooo – Going by the noises they make, an “ooo” is a cow. The M has not made it into his verbiage yet.
Mommy – Rather frustratingly for me, Dexter is keen to hold up any pig he finds and declare it as “Mommy.” You can imagine how flattered I feel. He does do a rather adorable pig snort, though…
Ooh Ooh – Monkey
Rawr – Though a rawr started as a lion, it now is all encompassing for any animal that roars. Dinosaurs, tigers, and any ferocious cats are Rawrs.
Aah Aah – I’m not sure how this one started, but this is a frog. I think he has a toy frog that looks very similar to his toy monkey, and so he makes a similar noise for them.
Dah – Dog. Easy.
Appy Soss – This was the first real progress word we noticed from Dexter. Obviously it means Apple Sauce. Unfortunately, he now uses it for EVERYTHING when he is hungry. “Appy Soss mommy” means he wants something to eat. Offer him apple sauce, and you might get your head bitten off.
Om Nom – This one is a catch-all phrase for something sweet. Pudding, cake, pancakes – they are all om noms.
Cheese – Cheese means cheese. But it also means please. When he says cheese, it means he either wants cheese, he’s begging for something or he’s smiling for the camera.
Ding – Drink. He’s thirsty.
Leggo! – This one is thanks to Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He’s saying, “Let’s Go!” and it means he wants to be somewhere else.
Tabby Ta – I have NO idea how this one came about, but Tabby Ta means coloring with crayons.
Waw – Water. This is him asking to go into the pool or to take a bath. Weirdly, he knows what a bath is, but he still calls it a waw.
Yay – Of course he will shout yay when he’s happy or excited. But more specifically, the “Yay” is the playground. When he comes over and starts tugging your shirt saying, “Leggo mommy! YAY!” he’s insisting on a trip to the park.
Hap – Help. So cute.
O’toole – Not an Irish Pub he frequents, but a demand to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He’s trying to say, “Oh Toodles!”
Toop – Means “change my diaper… I pooped.” I think it might be time to potty train.
Shoose – Shoes. Kid wants to go somewhere and needs his kicks.
Shit – Not what you think! This is Dexter’s way of telling you to sit down!
Mommy – Means mommy. Except when it means daddy.
Daddy – Means daddy. Except when it means mommy.
Daniel’l – Daniel.
Baby – Daniel.
Butter – Brother. Also known as Daniel.
Bubby Woan – Baby Rowan. My friend Amy’s daughter and one of Dexter’s favorite people.
A E – Amy. Dexter’s second mommy and one of his best friends.
Pee Pee – Key. I have a Cars keychain which he loves to play with, and for some reason he can’t say key. So he says Pee Pee. Highly embarrassing in public!
Tar – Car. You would think he would say this when he wants the Cars keychain.
Bah – Ball. Or Box. You need to look for context clues to figure out which one he means.
Luh Too – “Love you, too.” Also, “Love you.”
Kish – Kiss.
What words do your kids use that make no sense? I’m curious as to just how ridiculous my kid actually is. Share your best toddlerisms with me!