Monday, December 15, 2008


It's happened.
He found it.
Gabe found that toddler power word: "no."

His words have really started clicking. It's great fun to listen to him. He can even put a few two word bits together: "bye bye mom" and "get down" (yes, he might have heard this one a few's a busy house, ok?). But this weekend, he finally claimed the biggy: "no." But he does "no" with his own style, by which I mean, with volume and force and the cute mispronunciation: "Doh."

To get the full effect, you have to imagine this at full throttle, full shout and repeated a minimum of four times, face stern or furious before he bursts into tears. He sounds like a cross between a Simpson character and a kid with a very stuffy nose. He hauls this show out every time you tell him "no Gabey, uh-uh" and he doesn't want to be told no. So he just yells it back and then comes to me to be held as he starts to cry. Because it's scary to try to grab such power for a little guy! We try not to laugh, but it's hard not to. So it doesn't have quite the effect he's hoping for, not yet. Now of course we have to work on teaching him, "no, please." We'll get there.

And, yeah, he's almost two. Perfect timing!


Larger Family Life said...

Oh look at that face! You can almost hear the "Doh!" in it!


Heather said...

He is so cute! Now I know what I have to look forward to. Mimi is 16 months and is already working on her "no"... yikes! ;-)

Chris said...

Haha I can't wait to be home.

The Roberts Family said...

LOVE the scowly look. :) I remember very vividly Arsema throwing a temper tantrum ... laying on the floor crying the whole works. David and I cracked up and thought ... isn't this just WONDERFUL??!!! ... she SHOULD be trying to throw temper tantrums! Isn't it funny the things we rejoice in when they get to these "normal" milestones?

So great to hear of his chattering vocabulary growing. He has so many great words bottled up inside that he'll never stop now! :)

Arsema loves yelling NO!!!, when her sister tries to get in my lap. But we are so glad that she loves us enough to CARE now!, that someone else is in my lap. :)

Blessings to you!, Shelly

Jen said...

I love the look! Such strength. By the way, your advent posts are great. I always look to see what you have before we do our candles.

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Oh, he IS at home, isn't he???

Try to keep up the poker face. I can just imagine...

Take care!

Amber said...

He is so darn cute!