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The Children Have Ears

Today, while the munchkins tottered and crawled around me, I put Grandma on speaker phone and tried to have more than a 5 minute conversation. We are making the trip to Middle America in May and I want them to at least recognize the grandparents voices. Maybe?


Anyway, my mom was talking about her grandchild who is a couple of months older than the twins. Apparently her favorite word is ‘bite’ and she says it all the time. I asked if she was a biter? Well, yes, she is in fact but what she means is a ‘bite of food’ as in “Do you want a bite?”
Ahhh.

We don’t use that term because we sign and say ‘more’ not ‘bite’. (Maybe it’s also a Midwestern thing??) The only time I use the word bite is when breastfeeding.
Then, my mom asks if the kids are biters because you know “most kids at that age are”. Um..no. We don’t have a biting problem at…..MotherF*cking OUCH…..all. (I did not swear out loud, but clenched my teeth in pain).

At this point, Whoop Whoop, having heard the word “bite” over and over and over again, wandered over and BIT MY NIPPLE THROUGH MY TANK TOP and then toddled off again.

We were, after all, saying “Bite” not “No Biting”!
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8 Comments

  • Reply K J and the kids March 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    WOW….what a great understanding of the words this kid has.
    Sorry that your nipple was a casualty in finding this out :) ha ha

  • Reply Jody March 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    That is so funny – I mean not the pain part, but the understanding and following through – see what good listeners you are raising….I guess it’s that ‘bad cop” thing….

  • Reply Jen March 25, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Wow- he really was listening! As a Midwestern girl, we use “more” in the same way you do (verbal and signing) and only use the word bite to say,”no bite!” when necessary. Usually with teething. Sorry the nip took one frnthe team during that conversation. Let me know if you are coming through my city as I think your mom lives south of me but we have the big airport that you may fly to.

  • Reply Laurie March 25, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Wow! What a smart cookie!

  • Reply N March 25, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Sorry, but I can’t help but laugh!

  • Reply Gayby Rabies March 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Ouch! I am trying not to laugh, really.

  • Reply Marielle March 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    lol… sorry your nipple suffered but it is kinda funny.

  • Reply Jackie March 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

    That’s hilarious!

    I grew up in the suburbs of NYC but now live in Chi – we don’t say “bite.” We say and sign “more.” Altho, hilariously enough, when L says it it sounds kinda like he has a thick Brooklyn accent: Mo-wa.

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