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Phony Phone Call

One of the best parts of my day is picking up Stella from daycare. Although she loves it there and rarely wants to leave, when I finally get her in the car, she is a happy talker. I usually give her a pretend phone after I buckler her up, and she talks on it all the way home. Her conversations start out by greeting grandma (Ohhhhhhigamma!”), and they almost always include the names “Holly” and “Ko-be” (Colby).

Yesterday I decided to record her “conversation” so that I could remember this imaginative endeavor forever. Note her pauses for when she’s “listening” to the other person on the line.





Outside of talking on the phone, Stella is very good at putting together words and speaking in small sentences—which most often come out like commands (“High five, daddy,” “No hair,” “More cheerios,” “I try it,”—but this lingering Babble Phase reminds me that she is still acquiring and refining so many language skills beyond vocabulary. She is relying on linguistic statistics that she picked up in early infancy or even inside of the womb. Who knew language development was such a nauseating and miraculous process?

Stellafied Words

My current list of favorite Stellafied words:


Pan-kay-cake = Pancake
Kai-haf-it = Can I have it?
[you fill in this blank]-corn = Popcorn
Hoed-jue = Hold you (hold me)
Bakies = Blankies
Wy-ka-wy-ka = Yo Gabba Gabba*
Galssecks = Glasses

*She still requests this show exclusively, despite our attempts to watch other ones. During the intro song, she’ll now sing the parts for Foofa and Tutie (aka “she’s pink and happy” and “she likes to have fun”). When the intro song is over, she yells, “WYKAAAAAA!” Every. Single. Time.

Can you say…?

Stella turned 16 months old yesterday! Her speaking vocabulary is pretty typical for her age—about 20 words and growing: mama, daddy, papa, mimi, ball, book, shoes, Colby (also referred to as Co-Co), eat, uh-oh, cookie, hi, bye, baby, Stella, puppy, kiss, cracker, and wheeeee!

I recorded some of her favorite words just so I would remember her cute little voice at this age:
First Set of Words

Babbler

Stella hasn’t spoken her first official word yet. To be fair, the other day she *did* point out the window to our backyard and say, “Jude Law!” Had she followed her random outburst with, “Made you look,” we would’ve counted it. She babbles regularly, and I can’t tell you how many times she has pointed at a stranger and exclaimed, “Dada!” (which is not good for “Mama’s” reputation). But she has not attached a consistent sound to a particular object/person.

Click to hear a sample of her babble