Our youngest is about 15 months old. She is a wicked smart little girl, if I do say so myself. Right now she loves doggies, probably because she can say “woof”. See? I told you-a genius.
With the success of ‘woof’ I decided that she was ready for more animal sounds. Cow, sheep, kitty, horsy, piggy-you name it- I was going to throw them at her and she was going to nail it!! I mean, c’mon-this was the baby (the only one of our 3) who really took to baby sign language. This girl can sign ‘all done’ and ‘more’ and-wait for it- ‘thank you’ like nobody’s business. We were going to OWN animal sounds.
This is how it goes:
Me: What does the doggy say?
Baby: Woof! Woof!
Me: What does the cow say?
Baby: Woof! (looking pleased) Woof!
Me: No, sweetie, the cow says ‘Moooo!’
Baby: (looking concerned) Woof.
Me: Cow MOOO
Baby: Woof. (dead pan face)
Me: No-cow goes MOOOOOOO (because saying it longer will help….right)
Baby: (super serious) Woof.
Baby: Long pause. Smile. ‘Moof’. Signs “All done” and walks away, which, to me, is the baby equivalent of dropping the mic and giving a ‘Peace out’ sign off.
The cow says “Moof”.