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spacebaby says "asparagus"

except like totally not... this is indicative of how a LOT of her talking is going. she's excited about it, she's so freaking cute, we can't understand a thing she says.

actually, last weekend with everyone over I got lots of kudos for my jo-decoding skills. if she's got a rubber band and saying something like boda-ba she wants a pony tail. It kinda sounds like pony tail, but mostly I just know she likes her hair up (for five seconds, then she gets over it and pulls it out). she also likes back packs, milk (monk), pants (pihnts)... everything just sort of vaguely resembles english. she's enthusiastic, at least!

Also my dad says she's a good american, because if you don't understand her she just says the exact same thing louder and slower as if that'll help.

our favorite is the asparagus though, definitely, we tried to video it for a while. she's so ridiculous. backabackus!



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Jun. 23rd, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
haha.... and just like that out of the blue others will start understanding her! And then you feel a little redundant as you were such an integral part of being the translator/interpreter!! ;)

and have to say, I found the sleepy toddler video just hilarious! I wish D got like that - she just screams bloody murder when she is sleepy and we have her seated somewhere other than my lap/boob! sigh...
Jun. 23rd, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Very cute.

I have a friend who was having trouble understanding what her little boy said. One day a friend of hers realized that what he was saying was just what they were saying but garbled. My friend took her son to the doctor and they had tubes put into his ears and the difference was dramatic. 3 years later he is an amazingly well spoken young man.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Hahah, it's definitely a mom thing, I'm sure; because I can decode Erika a lot more often than other people, and I think a lot of it stems from: (1) knowing what she likes, (2) knowing she repeats a lot of things I say and remembering what I say helps, and (3) knowing she talks a lot about things that happened during the week so being with her and knowing what happened helps to decode her message.

Also it's so contextual which I'm surprised so many people do not pick up on body cues and just rely on the words-- if a toddler reaches for the bottle and goes "ba-ba!" you obviously know what they want. Or if they shake their head vehemently and say "nah-wah" regardless of what they say, the message is clear that they don't want that.
Jun. 25th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Also my dad says she's a good american, because if you don't understand her she just says the exact same thing louder and slower as if that'll help.

Bwahahahaha! This is the tactic my small-town-Iowan father in law takes whenever they visit us here in the Netherlands.
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
When my sister was little, the only one who could actually understand her was the mother of my best friend. Sometimes I could, and sometimes my mum could, but quite often we called her, and put my sister on the phone to decode it. It was hilarious!
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