Guest Post from Toddler MB: My mom doesn’t understand me

My mom thinks I am taking a nap, so I decided to give this blogging thing a try. Just give me a minute to learn how to type. Okay, I’m ready!

Even though I’m only 17 months old, I consider myself a pretty clear communicator. I wave, point, cry and nod with the best of them. I am not sure what else I could do. I mean, I guess I could learn some more words, but I’m pretty content with my vocabulary at this time. (Cheese, dog, bus, no and bye are really all I need to get most things.)The problem is, no one else seems to understand me.

Don’t get me wrong – my mom is pretty great. She knows all my favourite foods (dairy products and bananas) and she sings some pretty hilarious songs. However, no matter how hard she tries, she doesn’t always understand what I’m talking about.

Here are some examples:

Me: Ba!

[Mommy, I would like my train please.]

Mom: Do you want a drink? Are you thirsty?

Me: Ba! Ba ba boo baaaaaa!

[No, thank you. I would like my train please. I think I see it on that table, but I cannot reach it due to my slight stature.]

Mom: Okay, do you want a snack?

Me: NO. Ba booooooo ba da da ba.

[Okay, you are clearly not getting it. I would like that train. So I am going to point at it dramatically.]

Mom: Alright, no snack. Do you want your puppy?

Me: Ba!

[Yeah, the puppy. Lady, look where I am pointing! Puppies are not trains. Right? I haven’t been here for that long, so I don’t know much about the world. Anyway, I would like my train.]

Mom: Oh! I get it. I think you want your train! Here you go.

Me: Yah! Trrrrr…..choo.

[Finally!!!! Thank you beloved mommy! Choo choo!]

See what I mean? I believe I was perfectly clear yet somehow she had no idea what I wanted. 


See? Train. So obvious, mommy.

Let me give you another example:

Mom: Okay honey, it’s time for a nap.

Me: NOOOOOOO (runs away)

[Noooooo! I do not feel the need for sleep at this time.]

Mom: Yes, time for a nap.

Me: No! Ba da baaaaa. No no, Ya-sel.

[No! The dog doesn’t have to take a nap. Why do I need one? Back me up on this one, Hazel. Hazel?]

Mom: Okay, say “bye Hazel, time for my nap.”

Me: Daaaaaa, no. Hay hay saaaaa.

[Daddy? Do you see this injustice? I’m playing with my blocks and do not wish to nap at this time. Hazel? Help me out here! Wait, are you napping?? Darn it, Hazel!]

8…9…10! Wow, I’m on a roll today. No time for naps. I don’t look tired. YOU look tired.

See? I think sometimes she does understand what I want but pretends otherwise. It is the only explanation because that was perfectly clear. 

Do you know what it’s like being surrounded by people who don’t seem to get me? Sometimes I think I’m going crazy. Not even the dog seems to understand me.

Take this example:

Me: Ball! Da oooooohhhhhh!

[Say, canine companion, would you like to play with this ball? I sometimes throw it backwards, but the unpredictability really adds to the fun of the game.]

Hazel the dog: *blinks.*


[Come on! It will be so much fun! Then maybe we can take everything out of mommy’s purse and roll around on it. What do you say?]

Hazel: *licks my face*

Me: Ahhhh, Hay! Sssssssss. Da ba baooo.

[Hazel! Gross! You just spent like 10 minutes licking mom’s feet. Look, stop fooling around. Do you want to play with this ball or not?]

Hazel: *flops on the couch and stretches*

Me: *facepalm*

See dog? Ball. Want to play? No, stop chewing on the hockey stick. 

Alright, back me up here, reader. That could not have been more clear, right? Honestly, it’s enough to make a kid want to throw a tantrum.

Fellow toddlers, does your family need some help understanding you? Leave me a comment below.

Also, if you want to see some of my other conversations check out the links below:

If My Baby and Dog were on Facebook

If babies could text

If Babies Could Text Part II

If Babies Could Text Part 3


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