99 Ways In Which My Toddler is Punking Me

It finally happened: This afternoon, Charlie pointed to me and said “Mama.”

This is you right now, probably: “Aw, that’s nice… Wait, isn’t he like 18 months old? I don’t want to be the one to have to say it, but is he simple?” I mean, it’s certainly possible. But, for your consideration, here’s a partial list of other words and phrases Charlie can use appropriately:

  1. "Yes, I'm just writing a list of all the words I'll say before I acknowledge you as my mother. It's LENGTHY."

    “Yes, I’m just writing a list of all the words I’ll say before I acknowledge you as my mother. It’s LENGTHY.”

    Cat

  2. Dad
  3. Grandad
  4. Papa
  5. Dada
  6. Train
  7. Thomas
  8. Elmo
  9. Cookie (for the Monster, not the baked good)
  10. Dog
  11. Woof woof
  12. Moo
  13. Horse
  14. Elephant
  15. Turkey
  16. [really impressive turkey noise that I can’t begin to imagine how to say, let alone spell]
  17. Sheep
  18. Duck
  19. Quack
  20. Goose
  21. Honk honk
  22. Frog
  23. Pig
  24. Bird
  25. Hot
  26. Coffee
  27. Bath
  28. Teeth
  29. Hair
  30. Eyes
  31. Nose
  32. Ears
  33. Feet
  34. Shirt
  35. Pants
  36. Jeans
  37. Beans
  38. Socks
  39. Shoes
  40. Hat
  41. Bowl
  42. Orange
  43. Apple
  44. Blue
  45. Grass
  46. Tree
  47. Leaf
  48. Flower
  49. Numbers 1-20 (in order, at least up to 10… Then he starts getting creative)
  50. Letters (all of them, but not in order, except H, I, and J. He loves those guys.)
  51. Olivia (the pig from the books)
  52. Berries
  53. Blueberries
  54. Cheese
  55. Cereal
  56. Meat
  57. Hi
  58. Bye
  59. All gone
  60. All done
  61. Belly
  62. Button
  63. Buster (the cat)
  64. Francine (the lesser-seen cat)
  65. Light
  66. Night
  67. Book
  68. Fun
  69. Happy
  70. No
  71. Yes
  72. Yeah!
  73. Phone
  74. Stegosaurus (he abbreviates)
  75. Roar! (What a stegosaurus says)
  76. Airplane
  77. Car
  78. Train
  79. Toot, toot! (Like a train, see.)
  80. Broccoli
  81. Banana
  82. Nurse
  83. Milk
  84. Water
  85. Juice
  86. Cup
  87. Fish
  88. Bear
  89. Balloon
  90. Grey (his stated favorite color)
  91. Cloud
  92. Giraffe
  93. Lunch
  94. Ball
  95. Uh-oh
  96. Olive
  97. Bottle
  98. Stick
  99. Ice

So, yeah. He was able to identify “stegosaurus” before he was identifying “mama.” Let the record show that the list was slightly longer, but that the formatting in this WordPress template starts a numbered list over at 00 if I go past 99.

And, over the time it’s taken me to write this list, he’s gone back to calling me “dada.” I’m pretty sure he’s punking me.

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4 comments

  1. I feel your pain. My nearly 17 month old grabs my mum’s dog by the face, looks into her eyes and says her name. But he has only said mum once when he meant me.

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