Thing 2

She Also Likes To Eat Titten Nuddets and Sex Sighs.

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?”

Don’t ask.

29 thoughts on “She Also Likes To Eat Titten Nuddets and Sex Sighs.”

  1. That is adorable. Frustrating at times I can imagine, but adorable. I can’t wait to hear my niece say my name for the first time!! (I even dreamed about it last night!) So I take it she is still exploring the food world much better?

  2. Cute story! I love trying to translate what is being said by my 18 month old. And, like you, if I’m in public and can’t understand why she is trying to say, then I ignore her, too. I hate admitting that I have NO CLUE what she is trying to say.

  3. That’s my favorite thing about toddlers, I think. And they’re always so irritated when you don’t understand, like OF COURSE “Dora sense” means “garlic sticks,” woman!

  4. I teach kids ESL and one of my students does exactly what your little one does! I’ll say the word slowly, and emphasis the incorrect syllable, and he will repeat the word, mimicing my speed and emphasis perfectly.

    “It was unleasonable,”

    “No, unRRRReasonable.”

    “Ok, unLLLLeasonable.”

    haha At least my students don’t demand to carry my shopping…

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t always understand my child. I feel bad about it, because he’s so sure of what he wants…and I just look at him dumbfounded, repeating words and phrases while he smiles and repeats his “Tyler talk”.

    I always thought translating your child’s gibberish was supposed to come natural to mothers. Guess not. πŸ™‚

  6. Not to put a damper on things, and definitely not to worry you, and as a mom I know how cute it is. . . but maybe you should have NikkiZ’s hearing checked out. My nephew had trouble repeating certain sounds. . . because he couldnt hear them. . . mostly he spoke correctly, but just certain sounds. . . in his case, it was hard sounds (K, D, G, etc). He was about 5 by the time this was discovered and put into speech therapy…

    He is 37 now and speaks just fine, tho when he is tired, you can tell, because he has to consciously prounounce the letters he cannot hear, and when he’s tired, of course, he doesn’t try as hard. Tho he has a profound hearing loss at certain levels, it did not stop him from majoring in classical guitar in college and being an all around terrific young man. He doesn’t wear hearing aids or anything, just compensates by deductive reasoning on what the words he’s hearing are “supposed” to sound like- taught to him through the speech therapy.

    Anyway, like I said, I know its cute, but you may want to check into it at NikkiZ’s next routine check up. A simple hearing test would confirm everything, and if there is a slight loss, getting to work on it early would be a big benefit!

  7. Ya know, Isaac did(does) the SAME THING! I got advice like the commenter above, saying I should get his hearing tested (this came from my pedi) so I freaked out and worried because naturally because I have slight hearing loss and I worried and I worried and then…

    He passed the test with flying colors…


    We put him in speech therapy because he WAS delayed on pronunciation and I worried and I worried…then he started hanging out with a boy who was a few months older who talks AMAZINGLY well…and uh…even the speech therapist said “Uh, I think he’s getting the hang of it” by our 2nd appointment…

    He still mispronounces things, all his F words come out with a B instead and we constantly correct him. The thing is though, that’s actually developmentally NORMAL. A lot of these type sounds are NORMAL and doctors don’t worry about it until they’re much older. I was told they wouldn’t worry about my son saying Biretuck and Bench Bies until he was FIVE!

    So uh…try not to worry too much…I would suggest exposing her to other kids her age and eventually she’ll start pronouncing things correctly and you’ll laugh even harder at the BIG words that come out of her mouth ala “Mama, today is just a BEAUTIFUL day! Look at that biretuck!”

  8. How cute..I completely understand the frusteration. I have a 2 year daughter too. She recently had tubes put in her ears, and is now on a slight speech delay. She is 2 and comprehends like a 2 year old, but speaks like she is 12 months old…Its very frusterating but oh so funny at times..She totally knows what she wants and how she tries to say it is the best…

  9. Yep! “Sex Sighs” = “French Fries” hehe. But I’ve had to moderate EVERY COMMENT that asked b/c evidently the word “Sex” makes my blog thing the comments are spam! HA!

  10. I guess sarting is better than sharting, right? I always have the hardest time understanding toddler speak. I know everyone says it’s different with your own kid, but that’s one of my main fears about someday having children — how will I possibly understand what they’re saying? Luckily my husband is awesome with kids, so my fallback plan can always be “Go tell Daddy what you want.” He’s gonna love that.

  11. Yeah, I wouldn’t worry too much about certain sounds, but the hearing test can’t hurt.

    I took a linguistics class in college, and we spent a few weeks on the development of sounds and which ones are more difficult for children as they’re learning to work and use different muscles/placement of the tongue. It is actually easier for a child to make a “d” sound than an “m” sound by placement of tongue/lips, which is why it is common for babies to say “dada” before they say “mama.”

    This also impacts the “s”/”f” pronunciation… as when shaping of the lips is involved (for an “f” sound), their little brains haven’t gotten it down to the muscle yet.

    Again, no worries, Zoot!

  12. When ThePrincess was very young she whipped out:

    “Imanahuseit” One word – that nobody could understand and our inability to respond caused Ark like proportions of tears until I figure it out:

    “I want to use it”

  13. I babysat a kid once who wanted “green balls” for dinner from the buffet where we were. I tried *everything*, starting with the obvious (peas) and finally wondering if she meant broccoli (the florets are round-ish, right?) to which she responded angrily, “No, those are TREES!” (Of course. My bad.) I tried everything on the buffet (who knew there were so many round, green things to choose from??) and finally we got to Brussels sprouts. The kid wanted Brussels sprouts. WHAT THREE-YEAR-OLD WANTS BRUSSELS SPROUTS? I’m 34 and barely eat them. πŸ™‚

  14. That is hysterical. My baby, is 3, and he has issues with s’s, but they come out as “f’s. Say the following a few times and just see what you get.

    I want my fock and shoes on. (Pronounces fockin’ shoes).

    My fock is in the water.

    You focked me. (the word here is shocked, like when I put on his jacket this morning, we both got a big spark, and he yelled, in front of about 10 daycare kids, “you focked me!”)

    And, so we lead a fairly hysterical life around that little boy.

  15. I love that she laughs when we don’t understand what she’s saying! It’s so cute and I’m sure it’s very frustrating for her too!! She so crazy!

  16. My youngest brother had problems with the F sound when he was little also. He would ask for the fly swatter and it would sound like a request for ice water.
    Finally, my Mom sat with him and actually showed him that to make the F sound he should touch his bottom lip to his upper teeth & blow lightly. She also had to show him that the V sound (another problem) was the same but with sound instead of air.
    Within about 10 minutes he had gotten it, and then ran around saying ‘fly swatter’ over & over until we were sick of it.

  17. We still tease my son (now 18) because he used to say “rorry” and we were doing the same thing – stressing the “S” so we kept saying “Zack – it’s s-s-s-ssssorry” and he said “s-s-s-RORRY”. Too cute. I love these types of stories – and every family has them.

  18. I remember when my niece was about that age. I had one particularly stressful babysitting episode where I absolutely could not figure out what she wanted out of a pantry stuffed with different items. Of course, as a non-resident of the household, I didn’t understand her even as well as her parents, so we were both frustrated.

  19. OK, ladies, you have made me laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes. I love toddler speak…as frustrating as it is. With two grands who are still toddlers, I am enjoying their language almsot as much as I am enjoying my dughters as they try to cope with it!

  20. I was laughing my head off by the end of the first paragraph, tears smarting and everything. Of course, the sex sighs are the cherry on top. Hahahaaaaa.

  21. We’re going through the same deal w/my 21 month old. She’s got a huge vocabulary understanding-wise, but not as much w/pronounciation. My older one (is 4.5 now) was similar, but wasn’t mimic’ing and becuz of a history of speech issues in the family we had her tested at 2 (which is early) and turns out she had a lack of development in her jaw muscles. She couldn’t say certain sounds because her the muscles in her jaw weren’t strong enough to do it. Who knew!? Her vocab exploded after just a month or so of speech threapy. We’re watching the 2nd one for the same thing (she has some of the tell tale signs, but not others) but so far so good. I think at age 3 the schools have to provide testing & threapy (at least in CA). I’m not saying NikkiZ needs it either way, just providing a little PSA, in case anyone cares.
    I do know it was a VERY SAD day in our family when my cousin started calling my dad Uncle Dave instead of Uncle Dab. Toddler speak is the best.

  22. My kids used to get furious if I didn’t understand what they were trying to say. At least NikkiZ will laugh.

    Sex sighs – ROFL!

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