There are still several sounds NikkiZ doesn’t make consistently or at all. It causes things like “Funny” to sound like “Sunny” or “Cracker” to sound like “Tratter.” We’ve been trying to work with her but it turns into a laughing fest because I’ll say, “FFFFFFART,” not, “SSSSSSSART.” (If I asked her if she has pooped she says, “No. I just sarted.”) As I’m trying to exaggerate the “FFFFFF” sound she mocks me by making a similar funny face and just saying, “SSSSS.”
And we end up giggling non-stop as a result. And we’re still sarting.
Yesterday, we went to the grocery store. While we were checking out, NikkiZ asked for her, “Dora Sense.” I was putting the groceries in the cart and didn’t know what she was asking for so I just ignored her. The cashier said, “What does she want?” because NikkiZ said it about 10 times in 14 seconds. I had no clue. As we were walking out I was trying to clarify and tried substituting the F sound for the S. “Fence? Something about a fence?” She got a very determined on her face and enunciated, “SENSE.”
We started giggling about it a bit and I apologized profusely for not understanding her. She just kept saying, “Sense. Sense. SENSE.” Of course, I got frustrated and tersely said, “NikkiZ. Enough. I don’t know what you want. I’m sorry.” She, of course, started crying because I was frustrated and so was she. So, I tried another route as I was unloading the groceries into the trunk. “Is it something in the bags? Food? Milk? Olive? Bread sticks?”
As soon as I said it out loud I knew what she had been trying to say. We had picked up frozen garlic bread sticks at the store, which we had never tried before. Maybe it was the newness or something but she wanted to hold them. Dora Sense = Garlic Sticks. She was so happy I figured it out! I gave her the box and let her hold them while we went to pick up the big kids from school. LilZ got in the car, saw his sister lovingly holding the box of frozen garlic bread and asked, “So. What’s ups with the breadsticks?”