Who the *beep* is Bobby?! The language of toddler speak.

Having the little hummingbird learn to speak is one of the funniest, coolest, and entertaining things about mommyhood for me so far. She was a late talker and I’ll never forget her 15 month check-up with her pediatrician.

While we were waiting, the hubby and I were given paperwork to fill out about the progress of our daughter. In my opinion, they need to take the growth charts and all of those other things and toss them into a big bonfire. When it comes to being a parent, especially a first time parent, you have enough to worry about and then to have doctors and random people give you their unsolicited advice about what your child should be doing at a certain age gets me all stabby.

Yes, the little hummingbird is small for her age and no, she doesn’t say 50,000 words clearly or 10 word sentences at 2 years 8 months but she’s doing what she’s capable of and that’s perfectly fine by me.

*gets off soapbox*


Anyway, while we were waiting, we were going over all these forms that wanted to know what words she was saying along with asking if she can do certain things. Some of the questions were normal like “can she pick up a raisin?” although our pediatrician at the time was telling us to not give her foods like raisins until she gets more teeth since it could be a choking hazard so how in the holy hell could we know if she could pick one up?!

Then there were questions that literally made me and my husband laugh out loud like “can your child use a stick to drag an object across the floor?” Huh? What is she, a caveman?! Actually they do seem to go through a cavebaby stage, don’t they?

We were told by her doctor that she wasn’t saying enough of the words that she’s supposed to and at first I didn’t worry because I felt that she was taking all of the language in, processing it, and then when she was ready she would talk. But the new mom-itis kicked in and for weeks I was worried that she wouldn’t catch up with the words she was supposed to be saying.

Of course I had nothing to worry about and now she’s talking like crazy. There’s still a good part of the time when I’m not quite sure what she’s saying though. Rather, she says the words but I have to adapt to her toddler speak. Like when it comes to her obsession with Santa, she calls him Sabby. Or her lovey, her Aden and Anais blankets that she calls B. It took us a while to make the connection that it was what she would be asking for.

When she transitioned from saying mama to mommy, it sounded like she was saying Bobby. We would be playing and she would keep on saying Bobby….Bobby…. and I would think to myself Who in the hell is Bobby? The only Bobby that came to mind was Bobby Kennedy and then I would listen to her more closely and it would sound like Mobby.

I love hearing her say it but it’s not simply mommy. It’s Maaaaahhhhhmeeeeee, like she doesn’t know when to stop saying the name. Last Friday she kept on saying a word that sounded like outside, saw, and soy so I had absolutely know idea what she was trying to say.

That afternoon we were in the office and she went over and got a cd. That’s when it hit me that for most of the day she was asking to hear a song. D’oh. I felt like a dumbass because my poor little girl was asking for music for most of the day and I couldn’t figure it out. I had such mommy guilt.

There’s also plenty of times when she’ll say a word and leave out a vital letter so when she says it, she gives it a whole new meaning. Like when she says clock. She’ll leave out the all important letter L in clock and it comes out, well, you know. There are times when she’s hungry and it doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. She always calls it lunch.

There have been times when she’s hungry and she’ll attempt the word but it comes out horny and I can’t help but laugh which makes her say it repeatedly.

Recently, we were driving to the store and while I try so hard to watch my language around her, I realized that I forgot my purse and said shit. A minute or two passed and then from the backseat I hear this tiny voice repeat the word. It took all I had to not burst out laughing.

The little hummingbird has also been saying hey a lot (like hey! watch it buddy) whenever the cats get into something or my hubby or I take one of her toys when we play. While I was still pretty sick over the weekend, my husband took her to the grocery store. When they came back home he was telling me that some lady bumped into their cart. My little girl wasn’t having any of that and yelled out Hey!! Fortunately the woman and my husband had a good laugh over it.

At least my little girl didn’t yell out something like clock. I’m just waiting for the day and I know it will come. Pun intended.

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10 Responses to Who the *beep* is Bobby?! The language of toddler speak.

  1. sarah January 3, 2012 at 04:46 #

    So, I was amazed when my baby started saying the word “pretzel”. It was so cute! She said it with an “n” sound and it came out “prinzel”. Now my baby is 10 and still calls them prinzels, and it’s still adorable.

  2. Catherine January 3, 2012 at 06:14 #

    Ariel has started saying “hey” too. Like when you take something from her, or bump into her. It’s hilarious. And they both leave the l off of clock.
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    • Elle January 3, 2012 at 19:35 #

      Lol! That’s too funny. xx

  3. Christene January 3, 2012 at 16:13 #

    Munchie’s favorite word right now is “caca”… and unfortunately she loves saying it as loud as possible wherever we are. We were at Starbucks a few days ago and she couldn’t stop shouting “MAMA CACA!” over and over. I was mortified!
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    • Elle January 3, 2012 at 19:38 #

      Caca used to be one of my favorite words when I was about 3. I remember that my mom had the same mortified reaction which is why I would love to say it over and over. 😉

  4. Sarah January 4, 2012 at 15:34 #

    My daughter was around 18 months and fork was her new favorite word….except it sounded like she was dropping the F bomb every time she said it….her yelling “fork” for 30 minutes during a trip thru Walmart was awesome to say the least.

  5. Suze January 5, 2012 at 15:50 #

    Too funny! I love it! I can’t wait until my little one starts talking!

  6. Rachel January 7, 2012 at 16:33 #

    Very cute. When my cousin was little, she would say “Fork and Spoon” very quickly. Unfortunately, most of us heard her say “F*ing Spoon.” 16 years later, we still laugh about that.
    Also, as a first time mother, I completely agree that the growth charts need to be burned. They have no idea how traumatizing those are.

  7. Francine January 11, 2012 at 03:38 #

    This is hilarious and totally reminds me of my son now (33 months). He calls Milk “Bok” which is a combination of bottle and milk, because I always used to refer to his bottle when he still used one. lol He’s bilingual English/French which adds a whole other dimension because first we have to figure out what language he is speaking and then try to decipher the word! This morning I also said “Shit” and he repeated it right away. Yikes!
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