At Henry’s 15 month check up, his pediatrician referred us to early intervention services for what she thought might be a mild expressive language delay (he hadn’t started making certain consonant-vowel combinations yet). After one year of services, Henry was completely caught up, and even ahead in some areas. Our once very quiet boy is now a nearly non-stop talker.
I’ve been meaning to capture Henry’s unique turns of phrase before I forget them.
- Sit, sit. Right here!
- Mayber later…next summer (whenever he doesn’t want to do something)
- I like this song! (any song that comes on the radio)
- Hello, nice to meet you!
- What happened here?
- I hear friends (when he hears the neighborhood kids playing outside)
- Yeah, sure.
- Okey dokey smokestack.
- I want to schnoogle in the big bed.
- Hello people.
- I gared (scared)
- Not gary, it’s a friendly (snake, spider, any typically scary creature)
- Dip ya (this is how he first started to say “thank you” when he was about 1 1/2 and it stuck)
- Achoo Mommy/Mama/Henny (whenever one of us sneezes)
- Follow you (he means follow me)
- No cooking! (after he asks for toast and we proceed to put bread in the toaster oven)
- Ok, let’s do it!
- Look at Henny!