Part of a standard toddler pediatric check-up is responding to the question: “Has your child used two words in sequence in a meaningful way?” Apparently, doctors are seeking a positive response accompanied by an example such as, “More milk” or “Hi Mama”.
Well, T just enabled us to check that box this morning. Guess what he said?
In case you are wondering, “chock” is his word for “chocolate”. Yes, my toddler-aged son’s first phrase, forever to be noted on his medical record, reassures the doctor that while his language development is progressing quite nicely, his nutritional exposures might need a little more work…
A pediatrician friend told me that she once asked a young mother the same question during one of the check-ups, emphasizing that the two word combos had to be distinct words (i.e. not “night-night” or “bye-bye”). That mother’s response?
“He says, ‘da*# dog’. Does that count?”
At the very least, you gotta respect that mama’s honesty! For us, I am usually playing “duck and cover” while the kids are letting everything out.
Here’s a few examples:
During one appointment, the doctor prescribed medicine for S and encouraged her to drink it by telling her it tasted like root beer. “My dad is the one who drinks beer in our family”, S told her.
During another appointment, the doctor asked E if she washed her hands before mealtime. E said, “Yes. And if we’re at the park and there’s no sink, I just use spit to clean my hands”. (I promise you I had no idea this was happening, but – heaven help me – E spit right there in the exam room to show the doctor how she could use rub her hands with saliva .)
Fortunately, our pediatrician “gets it”. Or at least she seems to when we laugh it off at the office.
Of course, I have absolutely no idea what she’s writing down on the kids’ charts.