As Caleb and Wyatt grow and develop into independent people with their own quirks and personalities, there are several things they do that just make Shane and I laugh so hard. There really isn’t a dedicated space in the baby book for the everyday shenanigans that crack us up. The problem is, I desperately don’t want to forget this time in their life. It makes me wish I had a video camera strapped to my head to capture these sweet and sometimes hilarious moments.
The boys are just starting to link up two and three word phrases, and their first choices are not what I thought they’d be. Wyatt says “how are you?” except it’s one long word, howaryu. And when I ask him the same question, his answer is always the same, gooooooooood. Caleb’s first phrase selection is rather odd, I’m not going to lie. In the sweetest voice with a huge smile he loves to say Exit NOW! I realized that after I set our security alarm, the programmed voice says “Armed Away, Exit Now.” So basically the alarm’s robotic voice taught Caleb his first phrase. Ha! He also says oh, man when something falls down or is spilled.
Roll call is pretty popular around our house, too. Sometimes the boys will just rattle off the names of everyone they know… mama, daddy, mima, boppie, memere, pepere, etc. They often list the names of their teachers and friends at daycare when I’m driving to drop them off. Eda, Nina, Nate, Char (short for Charlotte), Liana, Na-na and the “baby” (once I repeat “baby” both boys will say shhh presumably because the 3 month old baby spends a lot of time sleeping). Both boys refer to Wyatt as Wy-Wy and Caleb goes by Bubba. This is not a nickname we came up with. We used to think that Wyatt was trying to say “brother” but in actuality he has been saying Bubba, which is what one of their daycare teachers calls him. It’s kind of funny and I didn’t think it would actually stick, but it has, so Wy-Wy and Bubba it is. We still try and get the boys to say Caleb but they don’t really seem into it.
When kids are really little, you just want them to look in the general direction of the camera. Then, you could get them to laugh by making a silly sound or doing a funny dance, but times have changed. It’s getting harder and harder for them to actually sit still in the same place long enough so that I can get a picture! I’ve tried explaining how a camera (and cell phone camera) work to capture their image and Wyatt loves pointing out the camera and saying pitchures! We’ve been successfully able to get Wyatt to show us his teeth, which I figured would look like a sweet smile, but instead, I got this:
Apparently “show me your teeth” means squint your eyes and show me just the bottom row. Caleb appears to have the words teeth and tongue confused since he just sticks his tongue out at you when you ask him to show you his teeth.
These boys are like little sponges, so we have to be careful about what we say. Wyatt has started saying “sh*t, sh*t” and I panicked thinking that he picked up on one of our occasional slips. But I then realized he was trying to say sit, so I’m always quick to correct him. Mispronunciations can be cute but a 20-month old (inadvertently) using curse words is not.
I was feeding them grapes the other day and one of the grapes was particularly small so I called it a baby grape. Well, guess what the boys think grapes are called? Baby. I always clarify that they’re grapes, but baby seems to have stuck.
I have the habit of being very dramatic when taking off the boys socks and shoes. We laugh about their stinky toes and exclaim PeeYoooo! after I give them a whiff. Wouldn’t you know, now Wyatt says PeeYoo anytime anyone takes off their socks, heck even when just pointing out our feet!
The everyday sound effects that come from the boys are always entertaining. A few months back, the funny thing was to mimic me when I would grunt out of frustration over spilled food or a stubbed toe. If you asked the boys, “What does mommy say?” they’d respond, Ugghhh with a pseudo mean face. Real sweet, boys.
Caleb & Wyatt will meeeooow rather than say the word cat, a train is a choo-choo and siren imitation is how Wyatt will describe a fire truck. Weeeeeeee-oooooo weeeeee-oooooo!
A few months back, I made a list of all the different words the boys had in their vocabulary. At this point, they are learning so many new things each day that I can’t keep up! Heck, the boys even learned who the President is this weekend! We definitely got a kick out of making this video:
Time is flying and while I try my best to refer to my boys as boys, they are still my babies and I never want to forget this funny time as they’re learning about the world around them.