Uh Oh Sloppy Joe

August 23, 2004 – 2:50 pm by Aaron

Liam is becoming more and more verbal and it’s so much fun to be a part of. It seems like every day he’s spouting off with more and more words in his repertoire. Just last night I told him to tell momma “more juice please” and he ran into the kitchen “Momma, more juice please.” Of course, when he said it it was more like “Momma, mow juss peese” and even that really doesn’t do justice to how cute he sounds when he talks.

My favorite thing that he says is “sloppy joe” because it sounds like “soppa doe” and it just cracks me up every time. This morning Jen drove me to the train station and in the car I was trying to get him to say “uh oh, sloppy joe” but he had seen a school bus and all he could say was “big bus” “big bus” and he said it a good dozen or so times. Then, a few minutes later as we were turing into the train station out pops “uh oh soppa doe” for no apparent reason. I thought it was hysterical. I think maybe Jen is tired of hearing “soppa doe.”

He’s at that stage where we won’t think he’s listening and the next thing we hear is him repeating something we just said. It’s so much fun to see him growing and learning and trying new words. I was putting some clothes away the other night and he pointed to a hanger that was lying on the bed and he chattered something, so I said “that’s a hanger.” He tried to say it but it came out “hobber” or “hodder”. I kept saying “hanger” and he would repeat “hodder.” Finally I got down on his level and over enunciated “h a n g e r” stressing the ng and he got it! “Hanger” he said, but with just a little too much stress on the g.

One thing we try to do is, instead of telling him no and correcting him when he mispronounces a word, we just repeat the word with the correct pronunciation. Usually he will keep trying until he gets it right.

  1. 4 Responses to “Uh Oh Sloppy Joe”

  2. My youngest just left for college… Oh you bring back memories.


    By Kevin on Sep 20, 2004

  3. Aaron,
    Your reinforcing the words for baby is a good thing. He thinks he’s saying the word he’s hearing (although he might not be saying it right), suddenly they just say it and then they never shut up.

    By maria on Oct 8, 2004

  4. Fun!! My one year old is slowly starting to say a word here and there. I love this stage.

    By Pamela on Oct 8, 2004

  5. Liam is too funny! I like when he says cerial because he overpronounces the r and says serel. Its even funnier when hes mad and says no or dont because hes so soft spoken and its impossible to take him seriously when hes mad.

    By alyssa on Oct 20, 2004

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