Matthew's Language and Speech

Marlow ~ Let There Be Light 2012/02/19 04:42:27

It’s been a while since my last Matthew blog. I have been very busy, but it’s time I do
another. Matthew has become a talking
machine. From being a quiet little child
– so quiet we actually were worried about his language development – to now
where you can’t get him to be quiet for a moment. His vocabulary keeps increasing by the
day. Sometimes my wife and I wonder
where the heck he picked up that word, nothing outrageous or scandalous, but
just a word we don’t normally use. I
wish I could capture in writing every single word, and I really wish we could
record him. That toddler voice is so
precious. I know he needs to outgrow it,
but it just seems to resonate within me like a nicely tuned instrument. His words seem to come in three categories:
words he articulates nicely, words he articulates with a toddler “accent,”
which for the most part are comprehensible, and words which seem to come from a
completely different language, a language that is no earthly language I’ve ever
heard, “English”(I suppose) from an unnamed continent.

My worries over his language lag stopped around Thanksgiving
when Matthew said his first three syllable word. What you may ask was his first three syllable
word? In typical Matthew swagger he
walks up to me and takes out of his mouth a little white stick with a candy on
the tip and says, “lol-li-pop.”
Lollipop. I had to do a double
take. He didn’t just say it as you and I
would. He emphasized the last syllable
as if that last syllable contained all the energy of the noun: lol-li-POP!

And then he started saying simple sentences such as “I
like.” He says that with a smile. Or if he bursts into a run he says, “I’m
running.” The best is when he says, “I’m
naked again.” He says that when I take
his clothes off for a bath. “You’re
naked again,” I say as I’m undressing him on my bed, and he responds, “I’m
naked again.” With that he usually
climbs down off the bed and starts buff nude sprinting across the
upstairs. “I’m naked again, I’m running,
I’m naked again, I’m running.” All I can
say is I’m raising a little streaker.
This unfortunately has become a repeated game he likes to play. He runs naked from the master bedroom to his
bedroom and hides behind a chair. So I
come in after him and pretend I don’t see him.
He hides in the same exact place every time.

“Where’s Matthew?”

“Mat-pew gone!” a squeaky voice says.

“Oh my God, Matthew’s gone.
Where did he go? What am I going
to do now? Matthew’s gone!”

“Gone, gone, gone!”

After pretending to look for him behind the crib, behind the
window shades, inside the closet, inside his toy chest, and with each
unsuccessful search hearing him rattle off a giggle, I finally close in on him
behind the chair. “There he is,” I say,
and then he giggles with “Mat-pew back.”

We also have conversations.
I do love our conversations. “What
did you do today,” I say when I come home from work.

“Cwying,” he says forlornly.

“Crying? Why? What happened?”

“Aye fell.”

“You fell?”

“Yessss.” He over
articulates the end sound in yes.

“Did you get hurt?”

“Boo boos. Boo boos.”

“Boo boos? Where?”

“Boo boos leg.” or sometimes, “Boo boos tchin.”

And then when I’m explaining something, he strangely starts
repeating the last word of my sentences.
He might bring over one of his toys that aren’t functioning. “It doesn’t run because we need to change the
battery,” I say.

“Battawee,” he echoes.

“Let’s get the screwdriver to open it.”

“Open et.” Then he
clings to my arm looking.

“See. We have to
unscrew and open the door.”


“We take the old one out.”


“We put the new one in.”

“New in.”

“And we close it back up.”

“Quose back up.”

I guess he’s learning words this way.

One of the more disagreeable speech habits Matthew has is
his frequent use of the word “no.” When you
ask him to do something, his first response quite often is no, whether he means
it or not. “Let’s go eat dinner now,” I
might say. “No,” he’ll respond. But he’s already on his way as he’s saying
the word.

“Let’s read your fire engine book.”


“Your Good Dog Carl book?”

“No. No, no, no.”

“It’s time to take a bath.”

“No.” And then he’ll
ponder for a second. “Naked again.”

“Time to kiss mommy goodnight.”

“No-aaaah,” he’ll say sophisticated like.

“It’s time for bed.”

That’s when he really barks out a “NOOOO.”

“Don’t tell me no.
You do that again and you’ll get punished. Into your pajamas.”

“Nooo,” he says elongating the vowel while transforming the
no into a crying wail. “Aye punished,”
he’ll say in between sobs. “Aye
punished.” “You’re not punished, not
yet, so let’s go.” And he comes along.

Another word he uses a lot is “more.” When he likes something you’ve given him,
he’ll come back with a “more.” Or even
when we’re driving and he sees a bus.
“Bus,” he’ll call out from the rear.
He has affection for buses and he watches carefully at the traffic.

“That’s a little bus,” I say.

“Car-os.” We have an
inside thing where all bus drivers are named Carlos. It’s from one of his kiddy songs.

“Yes, Carlos. He’s
got a hat on. Say bye bye”

“Bye bye.” When the
bus passes, Matthew says “more.”

“More?” I can’t make another bus come.”

“More, he demands.
“More, more, more”

But I have to admit, he’s really learned to be polite, at
least when he’s well rested. “Dank you,” he says every time you give him
something. We’ve had people who hardly
know him impressed with how naturally he says “dank you.” He hasn’t gotten the complete hang of “oo
el-com” but occasionally he let’s one out.
He does, if you remind him, say “ha-bless you” when someone sneezes.

Which brings me to words I can’t understand. Let me preface this by saying that there are
possibly more words I don’t understand than I do. Some words I get after a few repetitions by
figuring out the context. Some words my
wife, who seems to have a better handle at comprehending him, translates for
me. But some words I go days, even
weeks, before it finally dawns on me what he’s been trying to say.

“What do you want for lunch today, Matthew,” I asked one



“Yolees,” he repeats.

My wife raises her eyebrows at me. “Don’t you know?” she says. “It’s raviolis. It’s his favorite.”

Then there were the times sitting in the car he would say
“wumperwush.” He would say it
repeatedly, “wumperwush “. I turned to
my wife and asked what’s he trying to say, and she shrugged not knowing. I don’t know how long that when on, weeks
certainly. Finally I happened to be
turning around from my driver’s seat while he said “wumperwish” and noticed his
index fingers swing in unison back and forth. I then realized what he was trying to
say. Windshield wipers! He wanted me to swish the windshield wipers.

I started giving him the corks from my wine bottles to play
with. He liked collecting them and would
hold them in his hand. He came up to us
at the dinner table and asked for another.
When he asked, it left my wife and me with our mouths open in
shock. He didn’t pronounce that third
letter, and how it came out sounded like a very vulgar word: “Co-k.” “Where did he learn that?” my wife, aghast,
turned to me with an accusing look. The
room seemed to hold tension for what felt like minutes. I cycled my brain to try to remember the last
time I might have used that word, and I know I hadn’t in ages. I wanted to say, “I swear that didn’t come
from me,” but he saved me by holding open his left hand with an old cork in it
and said, “co-k.” Oh what relief on our
faces that brought. And then we doubled
over in laughter. “Make sure he never
says that in public,” my wife says through her chortling.

There are many examples of words that I fail to understand
for repeated moments. I feel so helpless
when he says something and he expects me to react and I just haven’t a
clue. Here’s a short list of some. “Schwacks” (tracks for a train set), “piptar”
(guitar), “paxy” (foxy, his favorite stuffed animal), “eye keening” (I’m
cleaning), “eye eyeting” (I’m writing), “eyesize” (exercise), “sci-tuck” (fire
truck), “Um pick dar” (I’m a rock star), and one that had me going for weeks, “a-davis”
(pajamas). And finally on a number of occasions
he said “he shawn.”

“What?” I asked, completely at a loss and no wife around to
turn to for help.

“He-shawn.” He looked
at me as if I had two heads. “He-shawn
he repeated.

“Schezuan?” No he
couldn’t mean the Chinese region.

“He-shawn.” It was as
if we were two from foreign countries from opposite sides of the earth. “He-shawn.”
“He-shawn.” It’s amazing how he
can just keep repeating without getting frustrated. He must think I’m a dope. Finally one day, and I don’t know how long
this had been going on, I got it. “This
one!” “This one.” He was pointing to something.

Then there are times when he seems so precocious. One day he bursts in through the front door
from being on an excursion with his mother and declares in a voice that seems
ten years older, “Daddy, I’m back,” the emphasis on “back” like he had for “pop”
in lollipop. Oh, that little boy of

How about some pictures from over the last few months. Here’s to lolli-POP.


And Christmas at my mother’s house.


We haven’t had much snow this winter, but we did get a few
inches one day.


Ok, not sure I really look all that good here, but here’s to
age and beauty together.


And finally one taken the other day, Matthew at full


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  • darlene 2012/02/19 05:29:00
    Matthew is absolutely precious! I love all the photos. You and your wife are doing a wonderful job! Blessings to your family three. Hugs, Eva thumbs up

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  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/02/25 03:29:29
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    He is so precious! I love reading about his growth as a little boy and your growth as a very patient and loving father! They are so cute at that age and you'll remember some words for his entire life. I remember shopping in Pottery Barn when my granddaughter was really young and still learning to talk. We walked by some dishes with fake food and she screams out mackeanola and cheese. That's what we still call it! Don't stop with the blogs!
  • Marlow ... Gracie ... 2012/02/26 03:43:32
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    I won't, I promise. Thank you my friend. :)))
  • in vino veritas 2012/02/23 19:32:39
  • Marlow ... in vino... 2012/02/23 21:01:01
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you Vino. I was worried you had left sodahead. It's my pleasure to share. God bless you and your family as well.
  • in vino... Marlow ... 2012/02/23 22:29:46
  • Sheila 2012/02/23 17:30:05
    Thank you so much. I know how much I miss the baby in my kids when I read your matthew blogs.

    Langauge is one of the most fun parts of babies to me. My youngest actually spoke some form of an oriental language before she decided to join us in english. We called it (her name is rebecca nickname Becca) Beccanese. My son was so amazing. He was speaking in full sentances at 14 or 15 months. At 18 months he made a guy in a store mad. He was telling his son that the birds on TV were penguins and the baby said "peng....peng..." My son put his hands on the sides of his grandma's face and said "those are penguins Mamaw, they live in the snow and ice with the polar bears and seals." We had just talked about the boys ages and they were the same. He huffed and walked away. I had to laugh. Not at the baby, his was normal. But at the look on his face.

    A friends child kept asking me for megurt. I was lost until he explained megurt was HER yogurt. Yogurt was someone elses......Your gurt.....
  • Sheila Sheila 2012/02/23 17:34:51
    The last pic was of “Um pick dar”!! What a gift!!
  • Marlow ... Sheila 2012/02/23 18:40:07
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    You're right! I didn't think of that. :)
  • Marlow ... Sheila 2012/02/23 18:39:51
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Hahaha! That's precious. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll always include you when I have a new one out. Thanks. :)
  • memebev1 2012/02/23 08:32:04
    It is so enjoyable to look back and remember our son's first words. My favorite was yodel which in baby speak was soup ladle. He was here last week and he asked me where the yodel was. It brought a smile to my face because he remembered. As soon as Matthew said wumperwush I knew what he was trying to tell you. Our daughter always said clothes pamper.She continued that till she was grown. Besides Matthew being beautiful he is smart too. It is so much fun and sometime embarrssing when they start talking. Keep the updates coming. It keeps my memories alive for me. It is 3:00AM . Time for bed, again. Hugs my friend, Bev
  • Marlow ... memebev1 2012/02/23 12:35:31
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Oh, hope you get some sleep. I've been trying to cut back on how late I stay up on the internet. Thank you for your kind words and little stories. As I'm learning, our children shape our lives more than anything else, possibly more than our parents. Hugs back.
  • memebev1 Marlow ... 2012/02/24 01:17:01
    Your stories bring back memories of our son. I am sure our son would be totally humiliated and maybe I should at his age. Our children shape our lives for sure.
  • SunShine 2012/02/22 17:40:43
    thanks so much for sending the link Marlow.. what a wonderful and well written story.. so happy you shared that with us. What delightful experiences one has with a child at that age.. Matthew is a lucky boy to have you as parents and I guess the feeling is the same for him.. precious child.. sweet memories!!!
  • Marlow ... SunShine 2012/02/22 19:03:17
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you Sunshine for you kind words. I always say that I'm the lucky one. And it was my pleasure to send you the link. :)
  • hazel 2012/02/22 12:34:24
    HE IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL......I can see his spirit already so sweet and happy
  • Marlow ... hazel 2012/02/22 12:39:36
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you Hazel. Last couple of days he's been in his terrible twos...lol. But he's usually pretty good. We just can't figure out how to keep him busy. I hate to have the TV on all day. :)
  • MIZ®  ₱д₸Ɽ¡Ö₸ ₩дⱤⱤ¡ÖⱤ   †
    That is just awesome, Marlow !

    Now I will think of Mathew whenever I see this graphic.... since it's the first thing that POPped into my head... hehe
    happy nude rear gifs

    Thanks for sharing~:)
  • Marlow ... MIZ® ₱... 2012/02/22 12:20:36
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    LOL! That's a great graphic. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
  • princess 2012/02/21 00:30:32
    Oh Marlow, thanks so much for sharing your latest Matthew update....I've missed them!!
    I certainly understand how your world is getting much busier, since you now have a growing boy that requires your attention. lol Each time you share an update & pics, I can't believe how fast he's growing....he is just adorable!! I love the stage where they're learning to talk....they're so cute & funny....what wonderful memories.
    I just love reading your updates and look forward to more....so thanks again for taking the time to share them with us.
    Big hugs to Matthew, and many blessings to you & your beautiful family!!
  • Marlow ... princess 2012/02/21 03:09:04
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you so much. I will include you on all updates. God bless you and your family. my friend. :)
  • princess Marlow ... 2012/02/21 05:00:10
    Oh please always include me on all your updates...I wouldn't want to miss a single one!!
    Have a great week my friend.
  • **Bessie** 2012/02/20 16:16:13
    So cute! Cork! of course! lol
    My mother-in-law is from Massachusetts...and whenever she would say the words cork or fork, and my daughter was quite a bit older than Matthew at the time, my daughter would just giggle at grandma's "vulgar" language!

    He is wonderful Marlow...wow, times goes by so faster...and watching Matthew grow up, and remembering all of the "waiting time" for him...wow, where has the time gone!

    Keep enjoying and sharing....love seeing the "updates"! Hugs!
  • Marlow ... **Bessie** 2012/02/20 16:50:52
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you my friend. It's my pleasure.
  • amazinggrace 2012/02/20 15:06:13
    Hi Marlow, thanks for brightening up my day. Good to hear Matthew is doing so well,, God bless you all.
  • Marlow ... amazing... 2012/02/20 16:51:17
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you Amazing. God bless you and your family too. :)
  • hazel 2012/02/20 14:54:26
  • Marlow ... hazel 2012/02/20 16:52:07
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    LOLOLOL! That is so funny Hazel. Thanks for stopping by. :)
  • hazel 2012/02/20 14:47:58
    i SIMPLY ADORE THIS ...SO MUCH FUN ..i SO WISH i had done this with my babies ,,they say the cutest things
  • Marlow ... hazel 2012/02/20 16:52:34
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    My pleasure to share. :)
  • belle 2012/02/20 14:24:29
    Matthew will love these blogs in the future when he can read them, he may seem a little embarrassed but he will be so proud. You and your wife are doing a great job with him.
  • Marlow ... belle 2012/02/20 16:52:55
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you Belle. Yes, we're saving them for him. :)
  • belle Marlow ... 2012/02/20 18:34:45
    great another wonderful piece of history for him to share with his children and grandchildren.
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/02/20 04:59:15
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    They do grow up so fast. Mathew is so cute. Only little one time enjoy it all .Bless and your family.
  • Marlow ... Phyl *I... 2012/02/20 05:00:57
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you. Bless you too. :)
  • Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥ 2012/02/20 04:43:10
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    OH MY Marlow. He is growing up so fast.. Can he make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich. LOL just kidding. The pictures are so adorable. Your Christmas tree is beautiful.. No matter what he do or say, he is so precious..Thanks so much for making my day...Hugs xoxxo
  • Marlow ... Pearlie... 2012/02/20 04:58:41
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    My pleasure Pearlie. That was my mother's Christmas tree. Bless you my friend. :)
  • Pearlie... Marlow ... 2012/02/20 05:16:58
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Wish you and your family the best. Bless you all.
  • Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR 2012/02/20 04:28:39
    Marlow Oh my gosh he has grown so much thank you for sending me your blog. Matthew is such a cute little boy. I was very happy to read about him and I thank you for sharing Matthew . God bless you all for you are truly blessed by Matthew. Oh by the way Toddlers like to use the word NO a lot lol lol Blessings always.
  • Marlow ... Cindy64... 2012/02/20 04:59:27
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    You're welcome and it's my pleasure. May God bless you and your family as well.
  • Cindy64... Marlow ... 2012/02/20 05:04:11
    Thank you so much Marlow I am blessed with two wonderful sons and I know how much you love your Son . God bless you and your very sweet family also.

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