• Nat W.

    Too cute. Someone above mentioned something about “coat-on,” etc. I used to always say, “Where’s my bib-on?!” God, I must’ve been a cute child. ;)

    And some people have mentioned your Southern accent…my Arkansan ears are wondering what accent??

  • MelisAGoGo

    Little Man (19 months) saw the reading/farting entry and was all “BABY!” When she sang Twinkle Twinkle, he applauded and gave a resounding “YAY!”

    He heard this, pointed at the quicktime logo and said “Peas?Peas?” and gave a prompt “Dat doh” with a nod when it was done.

    It’s awesome to see our little ones learn and grow. :)

  • http://caseforchris.blogspot.com chris

    Finger-Socket-Pulling sounds like a proper punishment.

    She’s so cute.

  • http://www.clevertitle.net -leslie.-

    When I was 14, I had a babysitting job for twins named John and Katie. They were in the same class at kindergarten, and it took almost a year for their parents and me to convince them that “you may be seated” was NOT an integral part of the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • http://www.hamiltonfamilycircus.blogspot.com Heather

    All that Leta cuteness in one tiny little audio clip!! Completely adorable!!

  • http://uppoppedafox.blogspot.com Vikki

    My son is 4 and has always had really good pronunciation but the other day, I heard him drop a glass in the kitchen and say, “Geez dischrist”. Clearly, he misunderstood that one. My daughter is just starting to talk and I can’t wait! These are fun times…

  • http://nowseriously.blogspot.com LeafGirl77

    When my sister was young, she couldn’t say “Yellow Thing”; it sounded like “Lellow Sing”. I worked tirelessly to get her to say it properly… Obviously I didn’t just take it for what it was worth.

    Now?? I’d give anything to hear “Lellow Sing” again. But I seriously doubt a 16 year old would do that for me.

  • Jen

    Thanks so much for sharing your life w/ Jon and Leta with the internet. I’ve been following your site for a while now, but Leta’s little voice pushed me over the edge, and I had to comment. Absolutely the most beautiful, sweet little baby girl ever, my ovaries hurt too! Keep up the good work.
    P.S. We share the same love of crap tv – I just have to have my ANTM, Law & Order, CSI…

  • http://sarahkite.blogspot.com sarahekite

    AH! That’s SO sweet!

  • http://www.redsroom.com RandiRed

    I just love these little monsters. They are so scrumptious at this age it’s amazingly fattening!

    For awhile we were chuckling when our son, a month younger than your Leta, would say thank you. He would do wahtever it is he was doing and say ‘Tank you’ and then right after a ‘Welcoe’. They just keep us rolling on the floor with laughter.

  • http://www.tammytalskalot.com Tammytalksalot

    How adorable… Dooce, I am a longtime fan and I have to say Leta is so adorable! You’re a great mom!

  • http://www.ellamax.com Ms.Black

    I have a 3-year old that when I say, “ask nicely,” he says, “ask nicely.” I know my blabbing about manners does nothing more than fill dead air space. I hope his school doesn’t mind that he says, “I love your shit.” Who needs ‘please’ anyway?

  • lyndsey_elise

    In order for our 2 year old to say words correctly, my husband and I will often repeat back what she’s has asked for:

    Daughter: Muk, please!
    Us: Do you want milk?
    Daughter: Sure, o.k.!

    Like it was our idea in the first place.

  • http://raistlinsmommy.blogspot.com/ amanda m

    You know I totally think you could get her to say “smoke a bowl mommy” using this type of conditioning….ha-ha!

    They catch on to what they hear, why just last week my son came home with a note from his teacher asking me to ask my son what he called a character they made up in class. (They’re working on synonyms…and this king was a very BAD king) So I asked him and my son with his hands on his hips proudly said, “BASTARD”. We had a talk and quickly put that word on out dirty word list.

    Thanks for sharing your precious daughter with us!

  • Tommy from Michigan

    I cannot believe you serve your daughter bourbon without an age appropriate mixer.

  • monkey

    I have the dilemma of either saying the word so Connor picks it up in his vocab or getting him to use “Please”. (His brother is well known for his good manners, which I swear did not come from me.) Lately he’s picking up his name. So if I say something his brother’s, Connor will pick the item back up and emphatically say his version of Connor, which kinda sounds like “Cnnr”. No vowels. At least I think it’s “Connor”. It could be “Go to hell lady, it’s mine and I want it.” Either way, at least he’s communicating, right?

  • Amber

    Dear Lord, she is cute.

    When I have to remind Mini-Amber to say please, she loves to point it out if I don’t say thank you in return. Or if she says thank you, then I’ll hear “You’re SUPOSTAH say you’re welcome!” afterwards.

  • http://perfectpeacefarm.blogspot.com gordon

    I am personally worried about the fact that our 3 dogs and my cat get a better and much louder reaction from my 7-month old when they come into the room than when I come in the room. I think the 7 month old thinks she is a cat (or at least a dog…certinally not human)

  • http://tiggerlane.blogspot.com Tiggerlane

    Great!! I agree — this could be the beginning of a club hit. She has a certain rhythm in her voice!

    Really amazing how sponge-like children are at that age. Then they become like a super-mega-defense sheilds as they mature – where everything you say is immediately rebuffed and contradicted.

  • Susan D.

    My kiddo is 2 1/2 and lately we’ve gone beyond Please and Thank you to “Mama, please may I have a cookie?” or “Daddy, please may I watch Wiggles?” It comes out “Mamma please cookie” but it works for me. The payoff was the day he started adding “certainly!” to the end of his requests. Guess I need to pick a new word. He already says “I welcome” after he says “Thank You.” Amazing little sponges, aren’t they?

  • http://www.blackbeltmama.typepad.com blackbeltmama

    I can never hear the audios and am bummed about it because the video clips are so darn cute! Congrats on the whole asking to go to bed thing. It’s so wonderful when they do that on their own!

  • http://www.cafepress.com/stenar/ Stenar

    Southern accent? I don’t detect any southern accent in Heather’s voice, but then I live in SLC, too and it sounds like a typical SLC accent to me.

  • http://cribceiling.blogspot.com Krisco

    That’s cute.

    My little girls say “UHNH!” every time they lift something up, because, apparently, that’s what I do every time I lift up one of them. Oops!

  • Mack’sMom

    Oh, and we live in Minnesota so you can only imagine the poor Fargo-like accent she has been revealing! There’s no such thing as YES, she went directly to the “Yea” but with the northerly pronunciation of “Yah!” When she finishes it off with a “Sure ya’betcha” I’ll have to start keeping her away from her grandparents!

  • jenny

    I don’t have any kids yet of my own, but I’ve spent a lot of time with four-year-olds and up. I was amazed this weekend, however, when I volunteered at a day care center for 1-2 year olds. At first I thought it would be boring, because most of the kids weren’t old enough to talk in ways that would be understood by anyone but their parents. But then I started interacting with them, and I realized that, even though they weren’t saying much (that was comprehensible) back, their little brains were working at five times the speed of ours. Every time I said something to one little boy (who was a little older than the rest), he would repeat it back slowly, kind of nodding his head as if he was considering it very carefully. He repeated and processed every single word that he heard. But what amazed me most was that every time I’d pick up one of the kids to put them in a chair or whatever, I’d make a little noise. There was one girl who I hadn’t really interacted with yet, but the first time I picked her up, she beat me to it–making exactly the same noise I had made when I had picked up the other kids.

    And as I sat through therapy yesterday, hashing over all the bad habits I’ve picked up from my own parents, I thought, well, it’s just no surprise at all that I’m like them. Yes, their habits are filtered through my own personality, but still. In very many ways, raising kids is like programming a tiny, stubborn robot.