Friday, March 9, 2012

Toddlerisms: Hannah's Latest Linguistic Achievements

She’s got the basics down, and now my little sponge is discovering some subtle language tricks that add flavor to her speech (and bring amusement to all). 

 1) Remembering and repeating what she’s heard:
* “Baby Abram freakin’ out!”

* “Sometimes diarrhea” (I probably didn’t need to tell her about this unfortunate side effect of eating too many grapes)

* “Woopsy Daisy!”

 2) Acquiring her daddy’s (sometimes brutal) honesty:
“Hannah, does this headband look pretty?”
- Long pause -
“Does it look pretty or silly?”
“Yes Mama, looks silly.”
“Really? It doesn’t look pretty?”
“No Mama, that doesn’t look very pretty. Take it outta hair.”

3) Revealing her uncanny knack for comic timing:
After running up to me and grabbing my face -
“Hannah, why are your hands wet?”
“I fell in the potty.”

4) Mastering literal interpretations:
“Are you a daddy’s girl or a mommy’s girl?”
“No, I not Daddy. I not Mommy. I Hannah.”

5) Asking annoying important questions:
“What’s that?”
“What’s that? What’s that?”

6) Learning mind over matter:
“Oh, yes! I like broccoli!”

7) Changing the subject:
“Hannah, did you pee in your pants?”
“I wuv you, Mama.”

As you can see, these are some critical communication skills. I think it’s clear that she’s well on her way to semantic success.
toddler language skills

 Oh Hannah, in your own words,


  1. Love this post! Very smart girl I love how they learn so quickly to change the subject. lol kids.

  2. I had to laugh at this one! Mine doesn't say much yet so I have these conversations to look forward too!