She said what? Happy to you

Friday, August 16th, 2013

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I’ve been waiting a long time for my first She Said What? Charlotte edition and I think she’s close enough to understandable speech for me to take this on. While Leah’s sentences don’t exactly make sense, and may not for years yet, they are at least comprehendible (or is it comprehensible, or comprehensive, or understandable?). I’ll see what you guys think and if Charlotte’s two or three word phrases don’t do it, I’ll wait a couple more months before the next one.

What she says:¬†Happy to you, happy to you. And then repeats that three or four hundred times over the course of the day. She doesn’t say it in her dreams though…yet.

When she says it: Well, since she’s saying it between 300-400 times a day, and I’m exaggerating that by 37 times at most, there aren’t many waking moments when she isn’t saying it.

“Charlie, do you want toast for breakfast?”

“Happy to you, happy to you.”

“Charlie, are you going to go down that slide or are you just going to stand on the top step faking us out all afternoon?”

“Happy to you, happy to you.”

“Charlie, are you peeing or pooing?”

“Happy to you, happy to you.”

“Stop saying that! I’m changing your damn diaper, this is not a fun time in my life! I am not happy!”

“Happy to you, happy to you.”

“Charlie, do you want to read a story before bed?”

“Happy to you, happy to you.”

What it means: If you haven’t pieced it together, “happy to you, happy to you,” is Charlotte’s version of the Happy Birthday song. It, along with ABCD, Leah’s version of Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, is the only thing Charlotte says. Sure she has other words, but those other words have no tune to them so they’re barely worth remembering.

For us there are about 3,000,000 worse things she could repeat over and over. She could emulate Leah’s whine voice or sing the lyrics to any Katy Perry song. She could recite words from the Twilight series ‘books’ or create a one-and-a-half year-old version of any Taylor Swift song.

It’s actually hard to keep from singing along with her—not that you’d want to stop singing with a kid anyway. So for now, we’re going to go along pretending every day is everyone’s birthday. If she starts asking for presents too though, we may have to reconsider.

2 responses to “She said what? Happy to you”

  1. Dawn says:

    Kids do say the cutest things! Enjoyed your post!

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