**As of late, June has been “using her words” more and more to communicate. The following “conversation” took place between the two of us this morning.
June: “Mama! Mamma, out!”
(Translation: Mom, wake up and take me out of my crib!)
June continues her pleas (or demands?), growing ever louder and more insistent, while I stall in bed for a bit. I finally get up, shut all necessary doors (a regular practice in our house–to prevent a certain toddler from entering rooms where she could wreak havok, such as bathrooms), and go into the girls’ room, where June is standing in her crib waiting for my arrival. When she sees me, she squeals with delight and holds her hands out for me. As I start to pull her out, she suddenly looks down as if searching for some forgotten item.
June: “Pee-cup go?”
(Translation: Where’d my sippy cup go?)
Remembering that I had given her some water the night before (in a desparate attempt to get a fussy toddler to go back to sleep), I reach down and lift up a pile of blankets and, sure enough, underneath is her sippy cup. June laughs excitedly and grabs the cup as I lift her out and set her on the floor. She then looks up at me and shakes her sippy cup in my direction.
June: “Ah gone.”
(Translation: My cup is empty and I need you to fill it up for me.)
Me: “Okay, let’s go in the kitchen and get you some milk.”
Seeming pleased with her new ability to express herself, June follows me into the kitchen. On the way there, she makes one final request (for the time being).
June: “Ahnt see-ay-al, pees.”
(Translation: I want cereal, please.)