This is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

I really, truly thought we had more time for this. I thought this wouldn’t happen for at least another year, but more like two or three years from now. Unfortunately, the time has come that, if my daughter is in earshot, I have to spell out words so she doesn’t know what I’m saying.

She’s only a year and a half old, but this girl knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Words I can’t say in her presence (unless I want to hear that word repeated over, and over, and over, and over again,
with her begging and pleading for that particular item): bottle,
banana, (gold) fish, cracker, Paw Patrol, and Bella. I’m sure there are more, but those are
the big ones.

Seriously, if I don’t spell it out, this is what I’ll hear until I give it to her: “Bottle, bottle, bottle, bottle!” AHHHHH!

And, am I the only one who has a slight problem when it comes to spelling banana out loud? It’s like I can’t figure out where to stop and just keep adding an “a” and “n” to the end. B-A-N-A-N-A-N-A-N-A…it’s basically the word that never ends. 

I usually only need to be sneaky when I’m talking about her to someone—like if I’m dropping her off somewhere and need to explain her routine (when to have a bottle—sippy cup—filled with milk, or her snacks—banana or goldfish, for example). But goodness gracious! If it’s like this now with me spelling out a few words, what will be be like later?

Also, completely off topic, but how absolutely adorable are those boots? I can’t even handle the cuteness.


  1. paw patrol! I'll be there on the double. Hahaha it's Bears favorite show. It is the only time this kid sits still and for the full 30minutes to boot. Oddly the spelling thing is less for Bear at this point and more for our dogs. If you say outside, water, or food they jump up and start going crazy. More so now that Bear is here because I never realized how often I say them! Ugh. I'm sure though that I am not too far off from the spelling as Bear is picking up more and more on what I am say. "Let me get you milk." Used to mean him screaming while I got it for him. Now he just perks up when I say it.

  2. Oh yeah. I've been doing that for about 2 years now. Scratch that, for many years, since my dog learned "walk." Until he learned how we spelled it. We once counted the number of times our 2 year old said "iPad" on a four minute drive from the grocery store (29). I've been doing it for so long that it only now occurs to me how I still avoid certain words (including bottle and Goldfish).

    ANYhow, I think I'm running out of time for being able to spell stuff (since my oldest actually can spell some stuff). We get very creative in how we describe things to each other to avoid letting Walden understand what we're talking about. It's kind of fun having a secret code that never uses the words "sushi," "iPad," or "toy."

    Those boots ARE super cute.

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