I was recently listening to Elmer Bernstein's Ghostbusters score and I flipped the cover around to show Miles the backside, which features a large illustration of Slimer, the delightful green blob. Miles pointed at Slimer. "Huh," he said, which he does whenever he recognizes something but can't recall the word for it. "It's a ghost," … Continue reading Year 3, Day 71
On my way home from work tonight, I had my first legitimate phone conversation with Miles. After calling home to make sure Jaclyn had picked him up, she put him on the phone."Hi, Miles!""Daddy!""Did you have a good day at school?'"eeeYES!""What did you do today?""..."Then Jaclyn, in the background, said, "Tell him about your tree!""I … Continue reading Year 3, Day 7
And just like that, Miles's days of clicking his tongue in affirmation seem to be behind us. He has finally added that crucial one-syllable word to his lexicon: YES. More accurately, he now says, "eeeYES." There's the slightest of wind-ups, followed by an emphatic, drawn-out pronunciation of the word, lingering on each phoneme just a … Continue reading Year 2, Day 359
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Miles employed one of his favorite words with me this evening as he was sitting at his table eating and I stepped over to him. "Move." I shrugged and looked around. "Where should I go?" Miles, chewing his food, grunted and pointed towards my bedroom. "You want me to go into the bedroom?" I asked. … Continue reading Year 2, Day 337
This morning as we were getting ready to leave the house, Miles said a word I haven't heard him say before. "Are you ready to go to school?" I asked. "Fen," he replied. "Fen?" I repeated. "Lessi." "What?" "Daya." I still couldn't quite understand what he was saying, but fortunately Jaclyn intervened. "He's talking about … Continue reading Year 2, Day 331
There are four words that have become Miles's most frequent utterances. In fact, almost every interaction we have with him now is accompanied by one of these words...the cursed words that signal the coming storm of the "Terrible Twos"... "No." "Stop." "Move." "Mine." "No" is now Miles's initial reply to any question. We even turned … Continue reading Year 2, Day 308
Just as his vocabulary is soaring, Miles's penchant for singing is rising at alarming rates as well. His music is starting to veer away from merely mimicking tones using a variety of babbling that at times sounds vaguely like the words he's trying to emulate but at other times is complete gibberish. Now he's actually … Continue reading Year 2, Day 282
Miles is picking up so many new words now that it can be hard to keep up with them all. There are days where his vocabulary seems to expand by almost 20 words. One word has been particularly notable over the last few days, not just because of Miles's use of it but also due … Continue reading Year 2, Day 281
I received a text during my trivia show tonight that read, "Miles might have learned some curse words tonight." My initial assumption was that he had finally picked up some undesirable language from his sailor-mouthed mother. The reality was, thankfully, more adorable.