NikkiZ has been saying the weirdest thing lately. “Aybeesibers.” At first we thought it was a morphing of the ABCs. Like, “A,B, SiBers” or something like that. Mainly we thought that because she usually said it when we were singing songs. MrZ loved the word so much he started just using it randomly in conversation with her. She would be babbling and then he would look at her and say, “Aybeesibers?” Like, his attempt at using her language. She usually ignored him.
Well, he called me two days ago while bringing her home from school. “I figured it out!” he exclaimed proudly, “I know what aybeesibers means!”
Evidently they had been singing together on the commute. First, the ABCs. Then she asked for, “The Monkey Song.” Which is the one about the monkeys jumping on the bed. Then, after they finished that song, she evidently said, “Aybeesibers! Aybeesibers! Wash it out! Wash it out!” And then it clicked to MrZ. (I don’t know if it would have for me.)
Aybeesibers = Itsy Bitsy Spider
She says it when she wants us to sing about the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Which we’ve not been doing because (A) we didn’t understand her and (b) we didn’t know she knew that song. But now we do. And we are all happier for it.