Monday, December 1, 2008

The "C-Word"

As Lukas' verbal skills continue to improve with each passing day, Mrs. LIAYF and I have been polishing up on our spelling skills. If there is an item or topic we want to discus to which Luke has an associated word, and we don't want him immediately weigh in, we have begun to spell that word out.

O-u-t-s-i-d-e, is a prime example. A few too many slip ups using that word at a time when going outdoors didn't jive with our plans, taught us pretty quickly to spell it out, lest we have a very disappointed little guy on our hands.

Another word, and one that has come up with increasing frequency in recent weeks, is cookie. The mere utterance of the "C-word" gets our little guy worked up into an excited lather. He will immediately stop whatever it happens to be that he is doing and, looking at us with wide, expectant eyes and begin to almost chant '"cuh-cah", "cuh-cah" while consecutively both rubbing his hand across his chest (ASL for please) as well as rotating his nearly cupped together hands back and forth on top of each other (ALS for cookie).


How can we resist? Granted, we don't give him cookies (really just animal crackers) everytime he asks for them, but the above mentioned scenario is just so damn cute, it makes it extremely difficult to say "No". Hence, we have learned rather quickly to spell out the "C-word".

All that being said, we weren't prepared when, 5 minutes into dinner a couple of nights ago, someone talking on the radio inexplicably used "COOKIE" in a sentence. So much for a balanced meal that night. How could they be so inconsiderate? I guess they didn't get the memo.

Mostly though, I think we are good with our current approach. At least until he learns to spell!

11 comments:

morethananelectrician said...

I get the same way when someone says steak or beer!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Just never send him to school and all will be just dandy!

iVegasFamily said...

I'm the same way when it comes to cookies. Especially snickerdoodles.

LisaNewton said...

LOL...........Be careful about spelling those words. I remember I only had to spell "ice cream" a couple of times until my toddler caught on...........:)

DC Urban Dad said...

Coooooooooooookies.

Yum. Favorite - Oatmeal chocolate chip.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

So you don't do many sing-a-longs to Cookie Monster's "C is for Cookie" do you?

Diane said...

cuh-cah, that is hysterical!

James Austin said...

@MTAE - Yeah, or coffee, or seafood, or Peanut Butter...

@@Xbox - I am sure our child won't even need school, but we sure will by that time!

@VegasDad - Love em!

@Lisa - That's another one we have to spell out.

@DC - Love those too! Macaroons are my favorite though.

@Ed - Just delaying the inevitable.

@Diane - It can be hard to spell out that exact sound, but I am happy with the end result.

Scary Mommy said...

What are you going to do when he says ice cream sundae, LOL!

And, you need to add your e-mail address to your profile. I hate that I can't respond to your comments. Get on that, please, STAT. :)

Art Dada said...

We use Spanish words when we don't want our son to understand us. It's quicker than spelling and, since we're not Spanish speakers, it's a way for us to learn something too.

James Austin said...

@Scary Mommy - We are having to spell that one out too!

@Art Dada - That's a great idea! However, we just looked up the Spanish word for cookie and it was Pasta. That might get a bit confusing around here...