I haven’t talked about Phoebe’s speech development in a while.
Truth is, there isn’t much to say. Not that there’s no improvement. There is. She’s talking up a storm. Perhaps not on level with her age, but her vocabulary has greatly expanded and nearly every day I hear her say something new.
Here’s a conversation we had this morning:
Phoebe: Mama, juice. (what she calls fruit cups)
Me: No, we’re going to have breakfast.
Phoebe: Mama, juice.
Me: No, let’s have cereal.
Phoebe: Cereal? (Thinks about this for a moment). Juice?
Me: No, we’re going to have cereal.
I open the refrigerator to get the milk and, of course, she sees the mandarin orange cups she’s jones’n for.
Phoebe: (pointing wildly) MAMA JUICE!! MAMA JUICE!! MAMA JUICE!!
I put her in the booster chair and pour the milk.
Me: Let’s eat cereal.
Phoebe now begins to cry with real tears and everything.
Phoebe: (tearfully) Maaaamaaa… juice….
Whereupon, I open and drain a cup of mandarin oranges and give them to her.
Phoebe: (daintily placing one orange slice in her mouth) Mmmm… good juice.
My mother in law is coming to spend some time with us when Nugget makes his appearance so I wrote down a few of Phoebe’s words.
She knows a lot of words and you can understand most of them. But sometimes the meanings are not the same as what you and I might think.
Words with multiple meanings
"Sauce" – some type of sauce, usually ketchup, but can also be salsa or grape jelly.
"Car" – can be a car, but can also mean the stroller
"Omnia" – usually means "banana" but can also refer to her Dumbo stuffed animal or elephants
"Cracker" – can be a cookie or cracker or chips – anything crunchy like that
"Cookie" – interchangeable with cracker… could be cookie, could be cracker, could be chips…
"Cow" – can be a cow but also a horse.
"Carow" – candy, carrots or my aunt Carole
"Juice" – can be juice but also any fruit in the refrigerator
Words and Phrases that have meaning to her but maybe not to you
"boo-boo" – boobs. This is usually accompanied by her pointing to or patting your boobs.
"Ouchie" – a physical ailment like a scraped knee.
"Ahm" – Apple
"Tig" – Tigger stuffed animal