Thursday, March 01, 2007

13 Things My Toddler Says Vs. What She Actually Means



My daughter, Georgia, is 20 months old, and call me crazy, but I LOVE this age. Yes, she has temper tantrums that are freaking LEGENDARY, but we also have a special communication that allows her to say one word, grunt, or wiggle her arms, and I know exactly what she wants. Here are 13 examples.


1. Georgia points to the kitchen and says, “Dora!” - She means, “Mother, I would like a popsicle. You know the ones – they have a picture of Dora on the box.” (I swear, that brand marketing is going to kill me, but that’s another blog.)

2. She says “Paper!” - She means, “Mommy, I love you so much that I would like some paper and crayons so I can draw you a beautiful picture.”

3. She says, “MEOW!” - She means “Mom, have you seen the cat recently because I am really having the urge to jump on him and give him a hug as he tries to scramble away.”

4. She says “MORE!” – She really means “all done.” I don’t know how we messed this up when teaching her sign language.

5. She says “Coat.” – She means, “Mommy, although I find your company thrilling, I need a change of scenery. Can we please go bye-bye?”

6. She says “Book!” – She means, “Mother, I’m ready for you to stimulate my mind by reading me a story, and just so you know, it better be the apple book."

7. She says “Blue!” while moving her arms from side to side. – She means, “Look, Mommy! I can skidoo better than Blue can! As a reward, you should turn on Blue’s Clues and let me watch it for the rest of the day!” (If you don’t know what it means to “skidoo” you’re just going to have to catch an episode of Blue’s Clues and find out.)

8. She says, “Foot, FOOT!” while holding her foot up to my mouth – She means, “I stepped on another one of my dear brother’s toys that he so carelessly left strewn about the floor. Can you please kiss my foot and make it feel better?”

9. She says, “Bottle!” – She means, “I think it’s time for me to retire for the night. Can you please fix me an evening cocktail of warm milk?”

10. She screams “Down!” while reaching up for me. – She means, “Mommy! Please pick me up and hold onto my hands so I can scare the crap out of you by then doing a back flip down off your lap and laughing my head off.”

11. She screams, “Lie Lie!” which is what she calls her brother Eli. – She means, “Have you seen my brother, Eli? I need to go take one of his toys causing him to chase me around the house while screaming, ‘No Georgia! That’s mine!’”

12. She screams, “Daddy!” while pointing at strange men. – She means, “I see a man with short brown hair who resembles my father. I think I will shout daddy and point at every man I see so people will think mommy’s a great big ho-bag!”

13. She points to the CD player in the car and yells “Boo!” - She means, “I really hope you remembered the LazyTown CD, mommy, because I would really like to dance like a maniac in my car seat while listening to my favorite song:”



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22 comments:

KarenW said...

How sweet! My youngest used to say " hold you" when she wanted me to pick her up.

Kim said...

My youngest son is 22 months and when he's hungry, he says, "Show me, show me" as he takes my hand and leads me to the pantry. I agree with you...love this age! Happy TT!

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Isn't it funny how those little ones can express themselves in words that only us can understand.
My T13 is up too.

Sunrunner said...

Very cute!!! I really like the "DOWN!" My Thrusday Thirteen will be up shortly!

Sunrunner said...

I thought Georgia's favorite song was an 80's song?

Penny said...

Isn't it nice to have that communication between mommies and babies. Charlie already likes to try to say words and I am usually the only one who understands his sounds and gestures. Don't it make you feel so good to know that we moms have that special bond with our children.

SQT said...

My son says "hold you" when he wants me to carry him too or he says "down" since I'm always asking him if he want's me to carry him downstairs. The kid's going to break my back one of these days.

Joy Renee said...

too precious for words. thanx for the chuckles. i needed them.

my tt is 13 things i am grateful for an exercise to overcome the overwhelming sense of loss certain life events have given me.

Donna said...

I know everybody talks about the "Terrible Twos", but that's my favorite age/phase. All kids from ages 1 to 4 are great, and I'd babysit them free (if it didn't interrupt my schedule LOL).

Dragonheart said...

So cute! She's adorable. :) Amazing how much can be conveyed with one word and body language. :)

jenny said...

OK, I love the "daddy" one. I laughed out loud (the girls at my office think I'm a little crazy, but if they read your blog they'd understand)!

Christie said...

how cute!! we're to the pointing everything stage (10 months) but every stage is so much fun! i'm excited for that one too!

Mercy's Maid said...

You're hilarious. I especially liked this one:

12. She screams, “Daddy!” while pointing at strange men. – She means, “I see a man with short brown hair who resembles my father. I think I will shout daddy and point at every man I see so people will think mommy’s a great big ho-bag!”

Morgen said...

That is awesome.
I love your Eli-isms and Georgia-translations!
I laughed several times reading this, but especially that she calls Eli "lie! lie!"
And #12 is a classic!

Sadie said...

Your kids make me want kids!

nKl_SwEEts said...

Hi, I just stumbled upon you blog yesterday and I loved it... you're hilarious. I love your TT, from what I've read your daughter sounds like my godson... especially the more for done. He does the same thing.
I just wanted to say hi, and thank you for the laugh

Qtpies7 said...

We all got a kick out of the "Daddy" one! LOL Thanks for amusing us snowbound cabin fevered peeps!

Lisa said...

Bottle! is code for bedtime for my toddler too. So many of these are familiar. When my son dances for Blue he's usually doing "here's the mail..."

My 13 is up too!

Sparky Duck said...

I find 5 hilarious and I would think there would be more cursing involved.

Bee said...

Great list!

I really liked the "daddy" one too. lol

Hulai said...

omg that was freaking hilarious. thanks for the laugh this damn blizzard shit has me bummed! i needed that!

Crazy Working Mom said...

Hah! What a great list! I can so relate to most of them. :)
Sorry I'm late.