About six months ago, Cole was still struggling with pronouncing the letter "f".
All of his "f's" came out "w's".
On the end of his hand were his "wingers".
He put his shoe on his "woot".
He loved to go "wishing" on the boat with his Dad.
His favorite thing to eat with his nuggets is "wench wies".
Well, you get where I am going with this.
At first I thought it was cute and I would repeat his precious words.
My mother told me to stop encouraging him to speak incorrectly.
She is usually right.
The next time he asked me to get him some "whoood" instead of food, I corrected him.
" Yes, Cole I would be happy to get you some food".
Sometimes he would try to repeat what I had said and sometimes he wouldn't.
When he was 3 1/2 I knew he should not still be transposing the letters.
I made sure when he said, " I want to go wishing " I would get down on his level and say, "FA FA FA fishing".
"Fa Fa Fa fishing", he would repeat back to me.
"Great Cole... great job!", I would encourage.
One day he was trying to explain something to me about what he wanted for lunch.
I tried to make out what he was saying.
It was slurred and unrecognizable.
He could see the puzzled look on my face.
After the fifth attempt to help me understand , he grabbed my hand, pulled me down to his level, put both hands on either side of my face and with all the seriousness of a 3 1/2 year old he said, " Repeat after me Mommy, FA FA FA sandwich".
(Sorry Mom. I couldn't help but laugh.)
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