While greeting him in his crib every morning:

“HI Mommy! HI Mommy! Where Daddy go? Where Daddy go? Daddy EXershize? Changea diaper? Have pants? Have pants? Make faffle? Have peanut butter? Where Riley go? Have MILK? You like HORSES, Mommy?”

While getting his breakfast ready:

“Sit onna counter? Sit onna counter? Make faffle, Mommy? Faffle hot? Where STICK HORSE go? I don’ KNOW! Where STICK HORSE go? Sita counter? Have PEANUT BUTTER, Mommy? Riley have PEANUT BUTTER? Have SYRUP? Here Riley! Here Riley! Have MILK, Riley?”

While sitting at the table:

“You like HORSES Mommy? You like SHEEP? I like a COW! Dere’s a bird Mommy right DERE right DERE! Riley dere’s a BIRD! Right DERE! Have FORK, Mommy? Have FORK? Have NAPKIN? I DID IT! I DID IT! GOOD BOY, DYLAN! WIPEA FACE!”

While driving to school:


While hanging out after dinner:

“You like horses, Daddy? I like horses! You like horses, Mommy? Riley, you like horses? Watch horses TV? Watch horses TV LATER? Watch Yo Gabba Gabba? See MUNO? Where STICK HORSE go? DERE it is! I founda STICK HORSE! Good BOY, Dylan! Watch dis Mommy! Watch dis Daddy! BIG JUMP I DID IT! Have cracker? Have cracker? Have yogurt? Have MILK? Mo milk PEASE. Thank you! Watch DIS watch DIS! Mines? MINES! MINES TOY RILEY MIIIIIIIIINES! Here go Riley. I DID IT GOOD BOY!”

While sitting in the rocking chair before bed:

“Read Boohoo Baby? Read Boohoo Baby? Have itsy spider? Sing row row boat. Have . . . Pookie.”

While lying in bed, tucked under a blanket, every night, after I pat his butt and murmur “Shave and a haircut . . . ”




69 Responses to “Nonstop chatter, 26 months”

  1. Melissa on April 9th, 2010 9:10 am

    Ok so it’s really cute, but all I can really think of right now is that I’d like waffles now.

  2. katie on April 9th, 2010 9:17 am

    @redbecca—it’s good to know that there are other boys out there who are not as vocal as dylan. my kid is 3 months older and is not this chatty. (he’s also in speech therapy).

  3. Jenny on April 9th, 2010 1:47 pm

    I love this post, but it also makes me sad. My son turned two in February and still isn’t talking yet. (Yes, he’s starting speech therapy soon.) I can’t wait to hear what he has to say!

  4. Jules on April 9th, 2010 3:48 pm

    Enjoy it, it goes so fast.

  5. gertie on April 9th, 2010 4:16 pm

    Ah! I think I just popped an ovary!

  6. Samantha on April 10th, 2010 6:25 am

    It doesn’t stop, it just becomes long, drawn our stories about his day, that sometimes don’t make sense.

  7. Stephanie on April 10th, 2010 7:36 am

    Totally off topic, but I saw your tweet in this months Parents magazine. So cool!

  8. Carolyn J. on April 10th, 2010 8:13 am

    I can’t wait to see Dylan’s byline in the New York Times.

  9. Maria on April 10th, 2010 7:45 pm

    HA. This is so cute. He is some kinna chattery, dude. I think that’s supposed to be particularly awesome for boy and second kids. Though I think it just sounds awesome in general.

  10. Kristi on April 11th, 2010 9:34 am

    Not on subject, but…. You have inspired me. I signed uo for a 5K. I have never done anything like this in my life! Thanks for all that you post. I love it.

  11. sarah on April 11th, 2010 10:26 am

    Am I crazy because I can’t wait to get to this stage? Little Man is talking, but not very many words yet and I can’t wait until I can converse with him like a real human being (sort of).

  12. Philos on April 11th, 2010 4:45 pm

    Clearly you should have named him Philip.

  13. Jane on April 11th, 2010 5:48 pm

    sweet baby!!

  14. Amanda Blair on April 12th, 2010 10:16 am

    I am exhausted just reading this. I think you deserve a Mommy’s night out!

  15. victoria on April 12th, 2010 10:57 am

    What is the internet for if not unsolicited advice – giving: Since visions of portapotties dance in your head nervously in anticipation of a long race, have you toyed with the idea of a little prophylactic immodium?

    I’m not recommending it, since I’ve never tried it, but I wonder if other runners have tried it. There must be an old Runner’s World article or blog post on this topic out there somewhere.

  16. victoria on April 12th, 2010 11:03 am
  17. Laura on April 12th, 2010 11:22 am

    Oh, I loved this! My son is exactly Dylan’s age but somewhat speech delayed– it’s always fun to read things like this or hang out with other 26-ish monthers to figure out what might be going on in his head. Dylan is adorable!

  18. EmilysHollow on April 15th, 2010 7:08 pm

    I’ve read this entry, like, 5 times. I know it’s more of a dictation than anything, but I love it. I’m pregnant with my first, a boy, and I can’t wait to hear what his nonstop chatter is going to be.

  19. M.A. on April 29th, 2010 1:07 pm


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