BJ has been asking us to make up stories lately -- and to add even more fun, he's starting to help. His characters of choice are any of the animals for which he has toy representations (the plastic sea animal tub toys are a particular favorite) and he likes to supply the names. His strategy for naming an animal seems to consist of choosing a physical attribute and adding a "y" sound. As in: "Teethy" (the shark), "Claw-y" (the crab), and "Spotty" (the speckled stingray). Some of the animals require discussion to establish their moniker. For the squid, he asks, "Name this part, Mommy," pointing to the triangular-shaped noggin.
"That's the head," I reply, and sure enough he immediately lets me know its name is "Heddie."
But my favorite so far is the sunfish (which we saw at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, an enormous, magnificent creature that impressed BJ quite a bit). This morning he asked me for a story about the sunfish and told me its name was "Horny." To be fair, the fins on this thing do look remarkably like horns....
BJ has also developed a new verbal tic. Instead of saying "ummm" or "uhhh" to fill space as he thinks about what to say next, he's saying, "And and and..." I find this incredibly endearing. Sometimes it's just the "d" sound repeated under his breath. I can all but see the wheels whirring in his mind when he does this, processing the abundance of the world and the words that go along with it, trying to get everything arranged so he knows how to tell us what he wants.
And and and.... the really funny thing is, I'm finding myself doing it too.