Matilda Part II
I was so happy when Matilda started talking. The mystery of her wants and needs could be solved, at last. In her baby book, I kept a list of words she could say (or tried to say).
Anything fun, like a slide or a swing, was called a whee! or a boing! She would insist you push her on the swing more by saying, go way high, Mom?
She also said both okay and no-kay as if they were opposites.
For a while she didn’t use the word “anybody.” Instead: Whobody wants some pizza? or Whobody takes me swimming?
Nexterday must have meant “tomorrow” but I never actually could figure that one out.
“Listen to my heart-beep, Mom,” she would say, inviting me to cuddle with her.
“Don’t sit on a butt, Dad,” she would tell her father, when she wanted to go do something.
When she wanted Adrian and I to pick her up, she would put her arms in the air and say, “Hug! Hug! Hug!”
She also said farewell after she went to the toilet: “Bye, pee!”
maynoes = tomatoes
lemons = melons
melons = lemons
yo go = yogurt
fa-fly = butterfly
babbi = bottle
‘chines = dad’s greasy machines she shouldn’t touch (but still did)
nakin = naked
I am so glad I made a list of some of these things. She often likes to hear about how she acted as a baby because it makes her laugh. Makes me laugh, too.