Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Eet Ees FunnE!

Natalie has developed an odd vocal habit which just cracks us UP. She is making more and more words end with the diminutive "ee" sound. Where she picked it up, we don't know. It started with "hummy" (hummus) and got weirder from there. Now we have:

beanee (bean)
hammy (hammock)
na-nee (from na-na, her word for pacifier)
me-mee (me)

All of these words are said frequently (in context) and with great glee. The only possible explanation that I can think of is that we thought "hummy" was absurdly cute and she overheard us telling one of our parents about it, so perhaps she is INTENTIONALLY doing it to please/impress/manipulate us. But that would be scary. Also, we don't react to the other "ee"s and she does not appear to be checking out our reaction or lack thereof. So I will banish the thought and revel in the cute absurdity instead.


  • what a cute-EE

    By Anonymous calliope, at 7:44 AM  

  • My older daughter did the exact same thing at the same age, except that she added AH to a bunch of words. She especially did it with names, so that a friend Alli became Alli-AH. She was/is extremely verbal like Natalie and I just thought she was having a good time playing with sounds. Gradually the AH sounds disappeared over the course of about a year with the exception of the name of her favorite Aunt. Her name with the AH sound added has remained her special pet name and now my son who is Natalie's age calls her that too.

    By Anonymous Jessica, at 9:27 AM  

  • Too cute! But then, we all already knew she was. Such lucky moms!

    By Blogger Miss W, at 9:05 AM  

  • Adding more syllables is such fun. Our current faves are
    'pasgetti bololololonese'
    'famalamalamamingoes' (flamingoes)
    adn she makes up wonderful names for pet animals eg
    'remus and creamus' (2 cats on a postcard)
    and 'baby jonobonowono' (someone else's doll)
    I love this age..
    Alison (mamacita)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:44 AM  

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