• http://www.issasworld.typepad.com issa

    Very, very cute. I also love the picture you posted of you two walking.

    She is getting so big.

  • meredith

    Try having a name like Meredith when you live in france. No one can say it. Then again, with a name like Heather, you wouldn’t have it any easier.

  • http://www.issasworld.typepad.com issa

    Very, very cute. I also love the picture you posted of you two walking.

    She is getting so big.

  • http://justlinda.net JustLinda

    My youngest daughter, who is just behind Leta in months, just recently started with the ‘naming everybody’ game. Only she often mistook her two oldest sisters (who no longer live at home) for each other. So she would call Katie Amber and vice versa. Katie kept correcting her “MY name is Katie.”

    The other day, when this happened, Rae replied by putting her hand on her chest and saying “I name Rae-Rae” as if the two of them were meeting for the first time.

    Ain’t nuthin’ better than a 2 year old trying to master the language. You can teach them ANYTHING. During the day, if you ask “Where is the moon, Rae?” she’ll tell you “China!” It’s almost as good as having my own little circus monkey, god love her.

  • http://www.asmalltowngirl.com Ang

    Leta is cute beyond words. And your picture today…priceless!

  • http://wwwranting.blogspot.com Muffin

    30 seconds after I brush my hair I look like I threw my hair into the air during a windstorm and ran underneath it. The most wonderful thing my mom ever taught me was the beauty of the ponytail.

    Its really not fair that Leta has the same kind of hair, and yet looks so cute.

  • http://cowjumpmoon.blogspot.com Shalini

    Oh awwwww.. I keep saying it.. the adorableness is just oozing out! So cute!

  • http://kassig.squarespace.com/ Kassi Gilbert

    Hey, I LIKE the name “Ner Ner”. And that Ner Ner is a Giant Squid makes it even better. Have a nice day!

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com rivetergirl

    Ah, the brilliance of the toddler. My kindergarten graduate still calls her dad “mama” and me “daddy.” We’re interchangable to her. Yeah, we’re parents. She doesn’t care which one we are unless we’re yelling at her, then the other parent is her savior.

  • MommyofOne


    When Leta says “Mama” it looks like she makes the ASL sign for “star”. Cute!


  • http://CartwheelsAtMidnight.blogspot.com CartwheelsAtMidnight

    LOVELOVELOVE the Leta-Movies. Thanks!

    Oh, and my niece mixed up her pronouns (she even made up several) until the better part of her 5th year. According to the specialist, nothing to worry about and now she’s over 6 and not a bit confused at all. Just took her a while to figure it all out.

  • Urs

    completely unrelated, but DUDE!, where’s jon?

  • sara


    seriously – I think that Simon is in LOVE with her. I show him other videos of kids and he’s never interested. Pull out the Leta clips and, good lord, the kid wants to eat my iBook monitor!

    thank you for keeping us supplied! sometimes it’s my ONLY hope of keeping him happy!

  • http://www.snickrsnack.com Snickrsnack Katie

    I am a Katie and I was called Tatie by my boyfriend’s son for the first 2 and half years of his life. My niece calls me Tayyyy, and I stress those extra ‘y’s – it is almost like Tay-yay-yay.

    I am impressed that Leta knows your first names. Little Patrick couldn’t quite grasp his father’s “human name” until he was about three – and Little Patrick is a Junior. I think the fact that he is a junior was confusing. In his mind, he was the ONLY James Patrick.

    Leta is too cute for words. And too smart!

  • http://theskinnyonbenny.com ben

    “Heather” is a tough one for the little ones. Our nephew used to pronounce it in an amusing way: Aunt Heiffer.

    Either that, or that’s what the rest of my family actually called my wife behind our backs.

  • http://www.playswellwithothers.net Greg

    It’s like having your very own little science experiement. I need to get one of those.

  • http://madamemeow.typepad.com Madame M.

    Note to self: do not watch clip of Leta while breastfeeding ever again, as risk having child yank nipple off in mad dash to say hello to Leta.

  • http://www.meretrice.com Meretrice

    My poor sister. My parents named her Michelle, along with half of the other childbearing couples of the early 70s. She was renamed “Shell” by myself when I was a youngin’. It is name that she has been stuck with her whole life, with not a little bit of resentment on her part.

    When my own little girl came along, she developed a fascination at about 18 months with the seashells that I used to decorate our bathroom. She would play with them for hours at a time. Obviously, she couldn’t pronounce “seashells,” she called them “shar-shars.” Aunt Shell was renamed “Aunt Shar” by my Daughter. Shell was actually quite pleased with the new name. Eventually, Daughter learned how to pronounce her “L”s and “Shell” made a comeback, much to my sister’s dismay.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/coyote/sets Coyote

    My three sons are named Greg, Keith and Eric. Greg and Keith had the nicknames of Greggie and Keeker. My daughter is the youngest of the tribe, and when she was little, she called her brothers JeeJee, KeeKoh and UckUck. I always told people she was an Eskimo in a past life.

  • blazingkate

    As a Kate, I’ve been referred to as “Cake” by a three-year-old, which makes people terribly excited when they hear that Cake will be arriving later, and much less so when it’s actually me that shows up. Unless I come bearing cake.

  • http://www.theniffer.blogspot.com the niffer

    Dude, even our cats have a crush on Leta.

  • http://calvinhr.aboutmybaby.com Kathleen

    Growing up with multiple younger cousins meant hearing my name butchered by countless little kids. Unfortunately, they all butchered “Kathleen” the same way. For years I’ve been known as “Assclean”.

  • katielady

    I have done a lot of babysitting and found that kids either called me “cake-ee” or “tate-ee”. They could get one consonant sound, but not both. I have not been called Tiki, though I wouldn’t mind.

  • http://biodtl.diaryland.com biodtl

    My daughter is slightly older than Leta and she calls my friend Heather “Heaven”.

  • tk

    The cuteness is painfull…..

    And your hair is great!!!

  • babbling

    mmmmmmmmm lemon meringue pie and Leta videos. The pleasure shall surely kill me.

  • http://jonniker.com Jonniker

    Flirt. She’s a bloody flirt. It’s hilarious.

  • http://carrieoke.net carrieoke

    So. cute. I love how all the 2-year-old boys have crushes on Leta.

  • Janell

    Oh, my mom used to hook up an 80′s style camcorder to our TV in the basement so the picture would show up on the screen. My baby brother at age 4, then the only one not in school, would dress up as a ninja turtle, swing his numchucks, and make his own movies. No lie, they’re still funny and he’s now a theatre major in college. Kids must love seeing themselves on the “big screen!” Leta is adorable!!

  • http://www.vegasandvenice.com vegasandvenice

    It is my most heartfelt belief that it is high time the Mensa people were alerted of Leta’s skills!

  • elise

    My 3 year old son still doesn’t have his pronouns figured out, but he does know there’s a difference. He’s always asking about people—”Is [insert name here] a he or a she?” He uses he/she him/her pretty interchangeably, even within the same sentence. He’ll move on and learn it soon enough and it will become one of those “cute things he used to do” that we wax nostalgic about!

  • http://www.laughitupfuzzball.com Tracy aka Fuzzball


    In lieu of a memorable comment, I will just say that I LOVE the addition of Leta/Chucklette videos. They make me very happy :)

    I know, boring comment. I know that you read them, though, so I wanted to share my appreciation for your site and your darling family!!!

  • http://360.yahoo.com/utroukx kerry

    don’t feel bad. it’s completely normal for a child her age to confuse gender. for the longest time my oldest son used to call me daddy and his father mommy. and at almost 5, he’s still a little confused with the gender thing. he has referred to himself and his brother as both boys and girls at different times. but then he also wants to wear my makeup and says he’s pretty, so he may not be that normal afterall. :S

  • http://alithea.livejournal.com alithea

    my first name is alithea, pronounced UH LEE THEE UH, like alicia with a lisp. my younger sister took to calling me SISSYA as a sort of compromise between my title and my name.

  • katy66

    I MISS THIS AGE! Though my Olivia is 3 right now, and I hate to say, it just gets cuter…..Until they are demanding their own cell phone, computer and web cam in their room so they can take sexy pictures of themselves, in order to put you in an early grave so they don’t have to have “rules” anymore and can cash in on your life insurance policy………….

    Anyways, they are still cute now:-)

  • http://smoness.livejournal.com/ smoness

    Oh, that hair! Do YOU like Flock Of Seagulls?? I think so!

  • http://heatherbarmore.blogspot.com Heather Barmore

    Having the name Heather, means being referred to as “Hedder” or “Hader” by the six and under set.

  • http://www.justsayjes.com jes

    I love how she embraces being on film. Such a little ham. A hairy ham.

  • http://www.xanga.com/heathabee heathabee

    I’m a heather too, and my friend’s two year old daughter calls me Butter because she can’t say Heather. Not even kidding. I hope she never calls me Heather.

  • danika

    Completely adorable, as usual.

    My hair is trying that same look today; why is it not cute on me?!

  • http://www.heatherannehogan.com Heather Anne

    Heather, ye who loves all things technologically advanced, is that a VHS PLAYER in the background?!

    Gosh, Leta is the cutest kid I’ve ever seen.

  • http://heterophobic.org/journal girl

    our nephew calls our cousin Katey, KeeKee as well. I’m not sure if he still does it, though. his grasp of the English language has gotten frighteningly good over the past couple of months to the point where I have to be really careful what I say around him now. he’s 29 months going on 7.

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com The Mighty Jimbo

    you make me miss my nieces – and yet i’m still digging out the chocolate and nacho cheese they have smeared into my carpet.

    josh the dog feels the same way but mostly BECAUSE of the chocolate and nacho cheese they have smeared into my carpet. two great tastes…

    i suspect he also likes them because they smell like poop. truly part of his pack.

  • Pascha

    My niece was almost 4 before she could correctly pronounce my name, and even then, she had to take her time. It always came out “Pa-ya.” (Both sound like saying aahhhh.) Plus, she had a really raspy voice. Too cute.

  • http://hypermetamorphic.blogspot.com sasha

    If you wish to arrange a marriage in the distant future, my two-year-old Sam is captivated by Leta!

  • http://overdressedconfessions.blogspot.com/ kalisah

    I think it’s funny that she called Katey “Tiki.” My son called the sofa a “fosa” for several years.

  • http://www.myaimistrue.com Amber

    I think NerNer is infinitely preferable to what the kids I used to babysit called me: Amburger. I mean, every kid can say hamburger, but extracting Amber out of there is hard. Bingo, Amburger!

  • http://pioneerwoman.blogspot.com Pioneer Woman

    She is friggin’ cute. I want to pinch her cheeks.

  • http://www.kirida.com Ramona

    Nicknames in my family are usually bestowed upon by the inarticulate children. My niece has called me “Chow Chow Mona” even though I remain firm that I in no way resemble a dog.

  • http://squirrelstories.blogspot.com E-Lo

    My baby loves watching Leta videos.

    The closest my little brother could come to pronouncing “Erica” was “Ca-ca,” so I was always referred to as garbage. Nice.