Friday, January 8, 2010

Supposed to be stuck

Bitty seems to latch on to certain phrases. We have a couple of flags hanging on the wall in our garage and he told me once, "da fwag iss stuck." I replied, "it's supposed to be stuck" (knowing he wanted me to "unstick" it by taking it down and not wanting to do that). For weeks on end after that, he commented on EVERYTHING that was "supposed to be stuck."

"Da bear iss stuck, iss suppoh-ta-bee stuck." (the bear on his blanket)

"Da circle iss stuck, iss suppoh-ta-bee stuck." (the door-stopper on the wall at the doctor's office)

"Da cat iss stuck, iss suppoh-ta-bee stuck." (the cat-shaped cookie jar that I purposely put out of his reach)

And my favorite:

"Da Mama iss stuck!" (when he was trying unsuccessfully to push me out of bed to get him some chocolate milk). My reply? "Iss supposed to be stuck!" haha

I think this is a form of language "practice," testing to see what other situations he can apply his favorite phrases to. He can usually figure out from our responses (granted sometimes exaggerated for his benefit) whether he used a particular phrase appropriately or not, and then he'll adapt his use of it in the future.

This particular phrase seems to have faded. Maybe he managed to categorize pretty much everything in his environment now on the basis of whether or not it's "supposed to be stuck" and so has moved on?

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ThingamaBabe on January 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM said...

Ha Ha Ha! As I lay in bed reading your post, my 4 year old autistic son is right now pulling my arm trying to get me up and proclaiming that I am "stwuck". "Stwuck, Push! Stwuck! ".
I love reading about Bitty, he and my son are so much alike it is uncanny!

Kim on January 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM said...

LOL! I love the "mama is stuck" comment.

Meechi will do the same thing with certain phrases. Just sort of adds different nouns to see if they fit the concept.

Alicia on January 11, 2010 at 12:15 AM said...

LOL...that is cute!! "Mommy is stuck."

Symphony of Love on January 11, 2010 at 6:33 AM said...

LOL! He is moving on to discuss new phrases. :)

Muthering Heights on January 11, 2010 at 9:36 PM said...

That is so cute!!

My daughter went through a similar phase, but for her, everything was just "stuck"! :)

K on January 13, 2010 at 8:06 PM said...

you know you are probably spot on about the practicce
And awww so cute these interactions are

MommyToTwoBoys on January 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM said...

I love that. Jaylen does the same thing. For a while the word Maybe was at the beginning of every sentence. One time it was, "oh come on" every 2 minutes.

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Anonymous said...

Awww! I love it!

K- floortime lite mama on April 25, 2010 at 7:35 AM said...

loved revisiting this post - da mama is stuck was so spot on

Mrs. Mac on April 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM said...

Funny how our kids can get 'stuck' on a phrase and run wild with it. I popped over to visit from Dr. B's blog carnival.

Stacey,momof 2 on April 25, 2010 at 12:17 PM said...

:) Mama is stuck... LOve this..

Terri on April 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM said...

I enjoyed this post, the mama is stuck remark made me chuckle. I am enjoying this blog carnival, glad to read this there.

Bethany on April 25, 2010 at 9:07 PM said...

I love "Mama is stuck" "Iss supposed to be stuck!". It definitely sounds like he grabbed hold of a new concept and was trying it out in all of the different ways he could to make sense of it and make it fit in his environment. I guess kind of like taking a brand new car for a test drive before deciding to keep it or try a different style. :)
I popped over to this entry from Barb's blog carnival, but I have been a silent reader for quite a while. :)


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