Verbal skills: 20 Months

Just for kicks, and because I don’t have enough going on (hello sick toddler), I decided to keep a track of the girls language over the last two days. It’s not a complete list, and I haven’t differentiated between words that only one girl says as everything tends to merge together in a cacophony of “MUM!!”. As well as not singing nursery rhymes to the Cylonettes I never bothered with sign language. Honestly, I have enough to get done during the day so I don’t sweat these things. Like I feel no guilt over the hospital comb that the girls are still having their hair (occasionally) brushed with. They can have hair brushes for Christmas.

Here is the list:

  • Hi-ya
  • Bye-bye
  • Night-night (said to granny at the end of Face-Time)
  • Mama, mummy, mum and mummy-o
  • Daddy or daddy-o
  • Mat (as in their cousin Matty who they play with over FaceTime)
  • Gan-gan (Granny)
  • Nomi (what Naomi calls herself) or No-nom (what Zoey calls her)
  • Zo-Zo
  • Home (as in “Granny is at her home”)
  • Soon (“Daddy will be home soon” which Zoey says as a whistful “Daddy home soon” or “Daddy soon”)
  • Animals
  • Zoo
  • Dog or woof-woof
  • Miaow (cat)
  • Rabbit (yes, they can’t say cat yet rabbit trips off the tongue)
  • Bo-bo (bird)
  • Ro-bo (a robin)
  • Robot or ro-bo
  • Moo (cow)
  • Oink (pig)
  • Baa (sheep)
  • Cluck (chicken)
  • Duck
  • Bum (a favorite)
  • Iggy (favorite character and often said whilst they have bare bums)
  • Milk
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Tea
  • Apple
  • More (used for everything from toys, food, milk and birds)
  • Up (as in “pick me up”)
  • Down (as in “down from the chair”)
  • All done (said at the end of a meal or a story)
  • Vroom vroom (car, motor sport)
  • Clock (they really got into clocks from the IKEA catalogue and then we got one)
  • Please
  • Ball (they also call planets balls when doing the solar system floor puzzle)
  • Spoon
  • Fork (Naomi made a joke over lunch and repeatedly called her spoon a fork. It was hilarious.)
  • Big (as in “You need to be big to do x, y or z.” so when Zoey points to my coffee she says “big”)
  • Shoes
  • No (not really used all that much)
  • One (my mum got us doing one-two with single fingers so something is sticking)
  • Me (Zoey says “me” and points to herself)
  • Boom-boom (this is our family word for the Jawbone Jam Box that we use as our portable stereo. One day Naomi picked it up from Alex’s study and moved it back into the living room as if she was moving her party!)
  • Knock-knock (training up two mini-Sheldons as they says this as they knock on the door)
  • Jam-jams (pjs)
  • Duplo
  • Back (as in their backs, or “get back away from x, y or z” and “I’m coming back”)
  • Ears

This list is much longer than I thought given that there is still a lot of nuanced grunting and pointing going on. There is a fair amount of repetition of “conversations”, and Zoey has a tendency to run through her list of people to check where they are or what they are doing. This is a lot of fun!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Leanne - The Mommy Radar
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 22:11:39

    my little guy (just turned 2) recently had his speech assessed because of a mild delay. as part of the process, i kept track of all his words. it really is amazing how much they say . . . .mixed in with all the pointing and grunting. thanks for sharing, neat to see what other kids are saying.



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