December 05, 2003

Downside of Talking Toddlers

I realize it may be a bit too early to tell, but I think my two-year old is going to be a breast man. How do I know? Well, a couple of clues:

His favorite person at the daycare is a young lady by the name of Miss Katie, a college-aged, blonde, nubile and--oh yes--stacked specimen of womanhood. She greets me every afternoon, gushing about how The Boy follows her around all day, telling "Miss Katie" this and "Miss Katie" that. As we leave, The Boy pauses at the threshold and says, "Bye, Miss Katie!" No one else gets told anything, and out the door we go.

Then we arrive home, when the normal afternoon horseplay/dinner making hour occurs. As The Boy, in "monster" mode, tackles me, he sits up and pokes me.

"Boobie," he says.

"Yes, that's mommy's boobie. Don't poke."

"Boobie boobie boobie!"

Then at bedtime, The Boy asks, "Where Miss Katie?" I explain about everyone going to their own homes at the end of the day. "See picture?" he asks, so I bring him the framed photo of the 2 year old class. "See Miss Katie?" I let him hold the picture. "Miss Katie," he proclaims with satisfaction. Then, "Boobie."

"Time for bed, sweetie."

(Grabs chest of his pajamas) "My boobies?"

"Everyone has boobies, sweetie."

"Boobie boobie boobie."

"Good night, doodle."

"BOOBIE! 'Night mommy." With that, he rolls over and commences discussing the day with puppy dog, while I commence worrying about whether or not he's going to proclaim his love of all things boobie to Miss Katie. I realize that I am entering a brave new world of potentially embarassing situations, where my darling boy will probably make me look like, well, a boob.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at December 5, 2003 11:32 AM

It could be worse. My son hasn't quite mastered the "st" sound at the beginning of words, and tends to pronounce it "d." Since he's forever talking about poking things with sticks, swinging sticks, big sticks, little sticks, and other kinds of sticks, you can imagine the looks we get.

Posted by: Michael at December 5, 2003 12:18 PM

Oh Michael -

I can probably do you one better--The Boy LOVES Duncan, one of the engines in the Thomas series. He likes to talk about Duncan constantly (when he isn't yelling "boobie!"). The problem? Well in Boyland, the letter F is substituted for D, and the N sound tends to get dropped.

Thus far we haven't discussed Duncan in public, and I aim to keep it that way.

Posted by: BAW at December 5, 2003 12:51 PM

Yes, we have Duncan, as well as a large number of other Thomas trains, so if you, Hublet, and the Boy ever visit, we can watch the children poking Duncan with a stick.

Posted by: Michael at December 5, 2003 01:13 PM

LOL. Hmmm. That reminds me. I haven't checked today.

Posted by: LittleA at December 5, 2003 03:28 PM

My brother had a lot of trouble with "tr" when he was little and it came out like "f" which was bad given his love for trucks.

We don't know if George is a boob-man, but he has a thing for pretty blondes. Put him in a situation with a pretty blonde anywhere around and he latches on to her. He's absolutely in love with one pediatrician at his doctor's office, so much so that he demanded to see a photo of her husband before he'd believe she was married and unavailable to him.

Posted by: Jordana at December 8, 2003 10:47 AM

Do you have a phone number on Ms. Katie? I'm a bit of a boob man myself.

Posted by: Jim from West Tx at December 8, 2003 03:07 PM

My own son has been blessedly silent in public on this subject, but his (female) pediatrician's daughter, a contemporary of my son's, makes up for it. (Although there's one school of thought that holds that that's what her mommy gets for nursing her until she was 30 months old.)

Posted by: Lex at December 8, 2003 04:44 PM