Say it like a 2-year-old
Now that Luke is a 'big boy' he has Mommy scratching her head more than ever.
It’s amazing how suddenly, what felt like overnight, Luke is now a 2-year-old and talking my ear off (takes after his grandpa) but unfortunately, I often don’t have a clue what he’s saying.

At this age, little children seem to come out with the cutest expressions and ways of saying certain words that I’ve decided to make an ‘English-Luke’ dictionary. This way I can remember all the gorgeous things he says and use them at his 21st one day!

For instance, most objects or animals don’t have names but are referred to by the sounds that they make. Like a cat is a meow, a dog is a wuff and his favourite toy (Thomas the tank engine) is a toot toot. Of course, a car is a mum, because cars go 'mum mum' – but I’m sure you knew that.

The lazy learner

He also has his lazy moments – where it’s too difficult to learn a long word so they just get abbreviated. Like a giraffe is a raff and an elephant is simply a nt. My favourite is to get him to say ‘I love you mama with all my heart’ (in his own abbreviated way) – I’m sure you can imagine that there’s not much left of me after after I’ve melted into a big puddle of Mamma love!

I love listening to him speak and watching him interact with others. He is learning so much every day and always manages to do something so astoundingly cute. I read once that from the age of 2, children can learn up to 20 new words a day and if you hear how Luke babbles on and on then I believe that statistic to be true!

But why?!

Now all I’m waiting for is the ‘why’ stage! Why this and why that? Apparently Daddy used to ‘why’ about everything and Luke has such a naturally enquiring mind that I’m sure he’ll be exactly the same! I think I’ll let Daddy deal with those questions when they come though (I’ve heard that as parents, we get back whatever we gave to our parents).

The thing I’ve learnt is not to rush Luke, when he’s ready to say more or call a car a car, he will. Each child develops at their own pace and clearly with their own style.

For now though, I’m happy to have our own distinct way of communicating, the language of Luke is a thing to be marvelled – some days it has you scratching your head and other days it makes the world seem like such a simple, happy place.

What unique ‘language’ has your kid come up with? Share with us below.

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