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How To Talk Like My 3 Year Olds

This post is about the ever evolving language of our crazy kids. I started writing it in March of LAST YEAR and worked on it some more back in October, and well I updated it with a few more silly things they say now. No better time to publish a post about the funny stuff my 3 year olds say than after they turn four. Oh well, better late than never!

Teddy, specifically refers to himself as Ted BEAR. And sometimes Ted Bear 44. He likes to exclaim what a beautiful day! He also refers (consistently for an entire year now) to a mythical “father” who is not the same person as daddy. His father lives far away, you have to take an airplane there, he likes hockey and has a mustache, and drives a blue car. He is also very into superheroes and has created his own superpower called formacy. He is thus far unspecific on what this power is, only that he can “get all the robots and save everyone with his super formacy!!!!” He gains/grows his formacy by eating food and resting. Also, the other day (in October) I discovered he can do his own buttons by declaring “peekaboo, pull it through” I was so surprised since we did not teach him his seemingly advanced skill, but remembered the Daniel Tiger episode where Mr. Tiger teaches Daniel. That show is an excellent third parent.

Lucie Goose refers to herself as Lucie Goose Cross Pickle Underwear Princess Ballerina Unicorn. She calls Milo Cat a chubby little tuhd or a sweet cat and likes telling everyone “Milo likes gurls more better than boys”. She pronounces ‘thirsty’ as suhfy which sounds so cute I’m never ever going to correct her. She loves babies and declared when a baby friend came over “OH she’s so sweet!” And “I love dat baby.” She has very good recall of a large number of songs these days and belts out everything from the ABCs to The Beatles I Will to Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. Charming, I know. Most recent favorite song is the main song from Moana. She’s so so very into unicorns. 

Neither kid can say “L” ‘r’ or ‘th’. They both pronounce ‘oo’ like ‘ew’ so moon becomes mewn, and poop becomes pewp, and school becomes skewl. “Butt” is a really funny word in this house now, and so are all sorta gross words. Toilet humor, ugh🙄 Their favorite joke is “guess what? Chicken Butt” and has been for some time now. I’m ready for a new one! They call chair lifts “sky trailers” and now use big words like “nemesis” and “defeat” and maybe we watch too many good guy/bad guy shows. They still adorably mix up the endings on plural and past tense words, and pronounce both the e and the d on words like “Milo catch-ed a bihd”  They still love reading books as much as ever and have a great many memorized and can repeat lines when prompted. I can’t hardly handle their crazy grasp on language and their strengthening memories. Just last year they still seemed like such babies!

Everyday Adventures · Lessons in Parenting · Toddler Twins

Ice Marching

Another sporting activity we’ve been enjoying all winter is ice skating! We signed the kids up for lessons and though some weeks more touch and less go – the first in particular – it’s been really fun for us all. We picked up second hand skates from a sports shop. Figure skates for Lucie and a double bladed skate for Teddy are what they happened to have available in their toddler sizes. The first day there was some falling and Teddy couldn’t bear to even put weight on his feet but their coach assured us that they’d be skating around by the end of the course. We decided to upgrade Teddy to hockey skates since the double blades weren’t serving him well at all. The next week Lucie was moving around fairly confidently by herself! Around the 3rd or 4th class I took the kids by myself and they both did terrifically, I think because they had to, there wasn’t a second parent around to hold two hands (twin life – we are pretty used to this scenario). Teddy stood by himself and even “walked” without falling off the ice at the end. The teacher caught Lucie trying to make a turn and showed her how to spin around, which she did perfectly! However at the end she  threw her arms up in excitement and fell face first leaving some blood behind her. Ouch! She barely shed a tear despite the hole in her lip and Coach and I both assured her that she was awesome, it’s not a real sport without some bloodshed. The 8th and final lesson Teddy had a breakthrough. We rented him figure skates and he moved all around the ice like he’s been doing it his whole life. So in conclusion, here’s a lesson from us to you all, hockey skates are really tough to learn in because of their curved blade. Figure skates are flat and longer and give a lot more surface area to practice balance and movement. Don’t fall for the “coolness” of hockey skates for a first timer, trust me. Lastly the coach said we could sign them up for the next level, without parent participation, hooray!

This video is from the last class and neither kid was indulging us with their various skills, but you get the picture. Cheers!