Ga – cracker (origin Spanish, “galleta”)
Shuh – cereal/Cheerios
Ka Ka – duck (origin Spanish “cua cua,” English “quack quack” and French “canard”)
Woo woo – dog
Chat (shah) with ASL accompaniment – cat (origin French)
Shoe – shoe (from the French “chaussure” and English “shoe”)
Shet – sock (from the French “chaussette”)
Nana – no no
Ba? Ba? (with ASL to distinguish it from “Ba!”) – Bath? Bath?
Ba! – Ball!
Ha ha! – hot (also with ASL accompaniment)
Ba bye – Good bye
Bahn (while pointing index fingers in a V) – banana
Clapping hands – more
Clapping hands without touching them together – all done
Opening and closing fists – milk
Opening mouth and touching his teeth with his index finger – I want my toothbrush
Open fingers against open mouth – water
Closed fingers against open mouth – food
Shea’s three favorite things in life are toothbrushes, balls and crackers. A couple nights ago, while we were putting his pajamas on, Shea discovered that there are pictures of balls on his pajamas (I hate sports and only bought them because they were the only ones available in his size). “Ba!” he said, pointing to his leg. “Ba!” he said, pointing to his knee. “Ba!” he said, pointing to his other leg, which gave us the opportunity to point out the balls in all his ticklish spots until he was giggling and mimicking us, “Ba ba ba ba!” Ah, the simple pleasures in life.