Toby’s First Dictionary

A compilation of words (and gestures) that Toby finds important enough to learn and say, organized chronologically.

Duh
Digger, as in the construction truck. He’s learned how to specify more trucks as he’s learned about the variety of truck videos on YouTube
Ooooh
A mooing sound in conjunction with pointing to a cow
Ahce creahm
Ice cream, said low and fast
Beh
Ben, another primary kid at church. He can identify Ben’s voice from across the chapel and will swivel to find him
Barking like a dog
While not a definition, exactly, it is almost an automatic response to seeing a dog now. It is often accompanied by dropping to his fours, crawling around, and getting patted and cooed over by his sisters and Mama.
Me!
Usually the response to any question, and most famously it is used for giggles by asking strange things like, “Who would like food on their head?” or “Who wants me to eat their cake?”.
Muh
Emma, though he usually doesn’t say it unless slurring at the end of saying Katya’s name.
Fuh
Airplane, though no one understands this one.
I-do-ihh
“I do it!” said urgently and loud, whenever someone dares help him with something. He started slurring together phrases like this pretty young.
Tata
Katya
Buh
Either “bubbles” or “bus,” depending on context
Truh
Truck
Rrrrieuh
He makes the sound of a fire engine to identify a fire truck
Schhwoo
The sound of a helicopter, accompanied by twirling his finger in the air (Heidi taught him that one, unknowingly).
Duh Truh
Dump Truck. He learned this and is other first transportation-related words pretty early.
Arfah
Dog. We’re not sure how he came to choose this word over “dog,” but it certainly makes sense!
Gahleegee, Geegee, Guhleekee
Kitty. This is usually paired with “Arfah.” If he says one, he has to say the other, and it usually goes back and forth “arfah, kitty, arfah…”
Dada
Daddy. In June 2009 he started holding up his hand to his ear like a phone whenever he said Dada’s name.
Mama
Mommy! This is usually paired with “Mama” and goes back and forth “Dada, Mama, Dada…”

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