Milo is still in the telegrammatic (telegrammish? telegram-like?) stage of communication ("Oh no! Milk. Spill. Wet.") but I get a kick out of some of his current phrases and favorite conversations.... such as:
- "Lord God Almighty," "Hallelujah," and "Holy, holy, holy." Long before he mastered saying anything like "juice please," he had these phrases down pat. And he busts them out all the time. It cracks me up to hear him walking around saying "Lord God Almighty!" or starting to sing a hymn.
- "I do!" This is what he always says whenever Pete or I start a question to the kids with "Does anyone want...?" The end of the question can be "lima beans for breakfast" or "to play in the fire hydrant" -- it doesn't matter. Miles does NOT want to be left out -- ever!
- "Happy Boo-ooooo Choo You!" His version of the happy birthday song. He suggests we sing it every time I pick up the phone to call someone. (In his defense, with extended family as big as ours is, it does seem like we sign that song to the person at the other end of the phone a few times a month.)
- "Nee-Nee." This is what he insists on calling Colsen. He can say "Cole" and he can say "Sen," but then when you ask him to put the syllables together, he always triumphantly yells, "NEE-NEE!"
- "Pleeeeease!" Speaking of Nee-Nee, Milo wants everything Colsen has or does. At precisely the same time that Colsen has or does it. At first Miles used to chase him around yelling "aaaaaaaugh!" to wear Cole down to the point of just giving him the thing, but we taught him he has to say "please" to get what he wants. It turns out that hearing him running after Colsen yelling, "Pleeeeeease!" is only slightly less annoying than his former method.
- "Have it!" and "Do that!" I've been out of town the last 24 hours and tonight when I arrived home, I immediately found out that these 2 phrases have just been added to his repertoire. And they, also, are usually yelled while he is running after an older sibling.
Conversations with Milo may not be particularly deep or long, but they sure are emphatic!
*Photo credit: my sister-in-law Amy