October 17, 2006


If there is one thing that Swee’Pea does that is proof she is my daughter is the girl loves to talk. She starts talking the minute she wakes up in the morning and keeps on talking right up until sleepiness finally wins the battle over a flapping little mouth.

And one thing I really admire of the girl… She doesn’t let a little problem like not knowing many words keep her from talking.

Although she is adding words to her vocabulary at a dizzying rate. Between her sign language words and her verbal words, she is finding it easier and easier to communicate. She will tell you she wants something and she’ll even sign the word for something if we have trouble discerning what she wants. Her favorite snack is flavored corn puffs and it’s the cutest thing in the world to see her say “PUFF”.

And then there’s her ability to imitate sounds. She says back words at an amazing rate, sometimes even repeating phrases as we talk to her. And sometimes she imitates less desirable sounds…

After a full breakfast, TheMonk and Swee’Pea play with Mommy in the playroom. After bouncing TheMonk up and down on the large stability ball, Mommy puts him down on the floor. As TheMonk sits down he emits a huge burp that echoes across the room (“Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrp!”). (Which is, unfortunately, also proof that TheMonk is, indeed, my son)

Suddenly, a little girl who is playing by herself nearby looks up, opens her mouth and says… “Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrp!” Mommy, unable to hide her smile, breaks out into a laugh. Swee’Pea, seeing Mommy laugh, joins in. And just for good measure adds one more “Burrrrrrrrrrrrrp!”

That’s my girl.


  1. This reminds me of the Munchkin, who at dinner the other night, said, “What the heck was that?” While her father and I stared at her, she piled it on by saying in a sing-song voice, “Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap…” until the Webmaster and I could no longer take it and we were laughing hysterically. Bad parents!

    Comment by Deanna — October 18, 2006 @ 2:03 am

  2. Welcome to the life of a parrot owner.

    Comment by whit — October 18, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  3. My 4-month-old is just starting to make sounds like she wants to talk. And though you just can’t wait for your child to say those first words, I know from experience that it will never, ever stop. I’m the quiet one in a house full of non-stop talkers.

    Comment by RJA — October 18, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  4. Talking, they’re talking? Sheesh, weren’t they just tiny newborns?

    Mine are chatterboxes too, they never quit. In fact they talk in their sleep. At the rate Swee’Pea is going, she’ll be talking in full sentences by two.

    Comment by Melissa — October 18, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

  5. The apple does not fall far from the tree. During the first week of kindergarten, you were moved twice because you were a “talker” and let’s not forget that Uncle Ben was on the college debate team…but if she’s loud and a talker then, welcome to my past.

    Comment by Grandmother — October 18, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

  6. Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of! :-)

    Comment by samantha jo campen — October 18, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

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