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Mapleisms – The Things My Daughter Says – Toddler Language

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I think children's language development is fascinating. More than that, when little people start talking and expressing themselves and playing with words they don't understand, it is just downright cute as hell. And the mispronunciations are beautiful. Maple's desire to communicate has been a huge priority for her from very early on and her desperation to talk and to sing and to latch onto language has not waned. She is a parrot and absorbs more than we care to think. When we arrived in Australia she was 22 months old. Her language was going through the roof and suddenly, just as she was chat-chat-chatting about everything and anything at a million miles an hour and loving every minute of it... she developed a stutter. It wasn't just a slight stutter. It was staggering and it throttled her and she visibly became upset by it... Mae fell over and scraped her knee. Oz scooped her up and said, ‘oh dear, where did you hurt yourself?’ and she looked at him like an idiot and said ‘on the pavement’.
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Welcome to your life daddy

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Ozzie was driving Maple back home after a trip to the supermarket, when she said; "Welcome to your life daddy." Did she sense his heavy step as he motored on through the drone of domestic chores while his mind yearned for responsibility-less Sunday afternoons in London pub gardens with old friends?
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“I stink!”

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I went to a shopping centre with my liddleuns, not least to escape the heat but also to find some shoes for Mae. My brother's wedding is imminent and Maple is one of two flower girls. The other lovely flower girl (fiancee's niece) is apparently wearing cowboy boots so I feel I have to find something comparable for Mae. I HATE shopping centres.
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