MORE edits to the English language, according to my preschooler

Jan 23, 2015 by

Just last month I shared a second installment of the words and phrases my daughter mispronounces or misunderstands. I’d be remiss if I didn’t add these! Here is more of my daughter’s understanding of the English language at 3.5 years of age:

Diming room – dining room
Hand band – head band (those things she refuses to wear)
Poccorn – popcorn

Has no idea she’s saying the wrong word
Long sleeves – short sleeves
Down sleeves – long sleeves
Mess – let’s (as in, “Mess go upstairs” instead of “Let’s go upstairs.”
Off and – often (when she “reads” me The Giving Tree – “and the tree was off and alone.”)

I want to hold you – I want you to hold me
I can’t know how to find it – I don’t know where it is

What are your favorite toddler words?

Oh hi, First Week of the Semester

Jan 16, 2015 by

So we meet again. You’ve been here before, and while we may have had a brief time apart, I see you.

I see you…

In the dust-and-hair balls seen tumbling across the hardwood as I peer over the edge of my textbook.

I see you…

When my daughter tells me I accidentally packed an empty applesauce container for her school snack.

I see you…

In the dog-eared corners my textbook has gained by fighting for priority with my other essentials in the diaper bag.

I see you…

In the sticky fingerprint smears on my iPad, gained in an effort to squeeze out an hour of extra study time during the day.

I see you…

When we need to get dressed directly out of the laundry basket because the clean clothes never got folded and put away.

A shift in boundaries, a shift in perspective

Jan 9, 2015 by

I’ve vowed to make myself a priority in the new year. Call it a resolution if you will, but this decision had more to do with the fact that I had free time over my school break to start focusing than it had to do with the start of a new year. Regardless, what it means to me is putting some emphasis on my needs – work, school, exercise and…sleep.

An apology

Jan 2, 2015 by

You belong in my arms, not at the end of my wagging finger.

It didn’t feel good tonight when we yelled. Yelling never feels right, but sometimes we do it anyway. I’m still figuring out how to be your mom, and sometimes I make mistakes. Hopefully when you’re older you’ll remember that I remind you it’s okay for you to make mistakes, too. Not all of the moments are going to be perfect, but I don’t want perfect. I just want you. Even when it’s hard, I just want you. Only you.

We’ll figure it out, this me-and-you thing. My favorite thing.

Tonight after we quieted down I snuggled up at your back and waited. I knew when you turned over and curled into me and reached for my ear that we would be okay.

The English language, according to my 3.5 year old

Dec 12, 2014 by

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since I last documented the cute mispronunciations my daughter would make as her vocabulary expanded. Though now she can talk a blue streak and at times sounds rather mature when she speaks, she still has words and phrases that I want to share so that I never forget the cuteness that’s injected into our conversations.


Percufly - perfectly
Nilk - milk
Meer-yur - mirror
Neminems - M&Ms
Renember - remember
Bunch fries - French fries

Has no idea she’s actually saying the wrong word:

Macaroni - pepperoni
Mittens - oven mitts
Ladies and jungle men - ladies and gentlemen
Lady corns - acorns

Phrases and concepts:

Can I have something of this? - when she wants just a bit of something to eat
But I just already did - to indicate she already did something, but always phrased the same way with extra words
Yesterday - any time prior to right now, whether she actually means yesterday or two years ago

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