I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”
After months of trying and failing to register br.ad, I decided to move irbrad.wordpress.com to bradangelcyk.com (self-hosted) for several reasons. The biggest of which being that I wanted an active self-hosted blog using Jetpack to test WordPress.com for Windows 8 on. So I set up the site, migrated my content and added the domain to it. Easy!
Toddlers really do have their own language and it’s often a struggle to figure out what Natalie is trying to say. If she says something to you and you don’t understand it quickly, she is quick to tilt her head and give you a look that can only mean “are you really that dumb?”. So I decided that I should record some of her phrases for the sake of posterity.
These words are often put together and end with “yeah?” because she is asking confirmation that I understood. For example, she just said “cup gra-gra mimmie mama. yeah? yeah?” so I took that as “I would like milk and some grapes. Then I want to watch the Mickey Mouse Clubmouse with Mama. Do you understand?”
Baby /beɪ bi/ This can mean anything from dolls, her stomach (thanks to her unborn sibling) and even other kids.
Ball /bɑ/ Any roundish shaped object.
Banana /nʌ nʌ/ The fruit.
Bath /bɑ/ Either the act of bathing or the bathroom.
Bird /bɜr/ An actual bird or really anything in the sky outside.
Box /bɑ/ Any square shaped object.
Bubble Bath /bʌb bɑ/ Either bathing with bubbles in the water or a bottle in the bathroom.
Cracker /kɑkər/ Either a cracker or a nacho.
Cup /kʌ/ Anything that contains a liquid that isn’t bubble bath.
Dada /ˈdɑ dɑ/ Me.
Duck /gɑk gɑk/ Either the bird, Donald Duck or Daisy Duck.
Dog /dʒu dʒu/ A dog.
Car /gɑr/ Anything with wheels, really.
Empty /kɔ kaɪ/ This is one of the most confusing as it can either mean “I’m all done”, “it’s empty” or “I want more”.
Fish /fɪʃ/ A fish or any bath toy.
Mimmie /mi mi/ Either Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto or any other animated character or animated movie/short with the exception of Donald and Daisy Duck as they have their own names.
Goodnight /naɪ naɪ/ Wants to go to sleep, just woke up, the bed itself or is just laying down to play.
Grapes /græ græ/ The fruit.
Mama /ˈmɑ mə/ Her mommy.
Natalie /nə nə/ Her own name. Sounds almost identical to “banana”.
Ohhhh! /oʊ/ An exclamation.
Outside /bur/ That someone went out the door, she wants to go outside or that she needs a coat or sweatshirt.
Poop /uuu/ It’s time for Mama when she touches her diaper and starts saying this.
Toast /toʊ/ Anything bread that isn’t a cracker.
Water /ˈwɔ wɔ/ Water, milk, juice or any other liquid.
Yes /yɛə/ An affirmation.
I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg; but that I regarded as a recommendation
Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.
Neil Gaiman, introduction for Smoke and Mirrors