No. No! No?

The boys are quite fond of using the word, "No".  It’s verbalized approximately 1,047 times a day in our home in a variety of contexts.

"NO! NO!" – Exclamation; Example: Telling a brother he cannot throw food on the floor. (They LOVE telling each other "No!")

"No. No." – Statement; Example: Acknowledging an understanding that they cannot touch the buttons on the television.

"No, No?" – Inquiry; Example: I still can’t stand on the couch?

They even use a finger shake or a clap to emphasize their point!  (Clueless on where they could come up with such dramatics.) Santa might have to change his Ho! Ho! Ho! to a No! No! No! this Christmas.

Here’s a short clip as an illustration:



Here’s a few more words that they’ve added to their vocabulary since I last posted a running list

light, mamaw, papaw, Kristy, dog, duck, bye, juice, cookie, cracker, pumpkin, choo-choo, animal sounds (cat, dog, duck, rabbit, sheep, owl, cow, horse, giraffe, lion), baby, nose, eye, belly, tickle-tickle, shoes, all done, all gone, where’d he go?, boo, ’tis it?, there’d is, tick-tock, up, on, off, Go Colts!, hello, Bible, two, three, yes

I’m sure I’m forgetting a few…Occasionally, I’ll get them to attempt their brother’s names.
They’re also learning to repeat things, so I have a feeling that their vocabulary is getting ready to take off. 

I’m just looking forward to the day when "Engh! Engh! Enngh!" is replaced with, "Mama, I need some assistance; Could you please help me with this when you have a moment?"

19 thoughts on "No. No! No?"

  1. Stephanie says:

    My little one just started saying “no”. She learned it now that we have a new dog that tends to attempt to run off with stuffed animals and shoes.

  2. Andria says:

    Very cute! And great usage of the word. lol. Who’ll be the first to use the word “assistance”? My husband uses these big fancy words sometimes and my kids look at him in wonderment. hmm?

    What fun.. let the “conversations” begin!

  3. DJones says:

    I love it when the little light bulb comes on that words have meaning and they try so hard.

  4. debi9kids says:

    LOL Ah yes! NO has found it’s way into our vocabulary as well. If we don’t hear “no”, we are hearing “mine, mine, mine!”

    PS LOVE that they say “Go Colts” !!!

  5. Gayle says:

    No! My favorite word! No, really. 🙂

  6. Jenny B says:

    i love those boys! too cute! i know my kids hear NO SOOOOO much. allie has started pointing and doing a “no frown” and trying to say no…so it’s starting i know. they are so cute.

    love ya

  7. What a riot. The 18 mo old that I work with is doing the same thing too. She even tells me no when I ask questions. Cracks me up!

  8. Emily H says:

    One question for ya-
    What sound does a giraffe make?? 🙂

    Emily Hasselbeck

  9. As Debi said above…after “no” comes “MINE!” But one of our sweetest new words…”sorry” paired with a hug and a kiss. All is forgiven with that sweet apologies!!

  10. Audrey says:

    That’s great! One of the best signs that I ever taught my son was “help.” It saves a lot of frustrations. My daughter is already using it as well. It goes along with the enngh, enngh, but at least they aren’t so frustrated. It’s an easy sign to learn.

  11. Moni Graf says:

    Ha! When they figure out the last one, let us all in on your secret to raising quad geniuses.

    I was wondering the same thing Emily was….what sounds do giraffes and rabbits make? I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that those are more imitations with wrinkling their noses and stretching their necks?

    What a fun age!


  12. Haha! Great post Jen. My 16 month old likes to say “Good Girl!” a lot. Usually in a context of trying to convince you that she is, actually, a good girl after doing something that was a no-no.

  13. lynne uk says:

    I’m very impressed, I don’t think I even know what sound a giraffe makes! Best wishes to you all, I look forward to some more talking videos!

  14. Kalle says:

    Boys, I tell ya. Actually, I think it’s that age. When my Step-daughter was their age her favorite words were No and Now. Made for some fun times.

  15. Shelly says:

    Good job, mom, for posting lists of their words! You’ll appreciate it later…I’m still greatly impressed that you find time to blog!
    Blessings to you.

  16. That’s so cute. I think “no” is a favorite for all kids at this age. I love when they can start talking and communicating, and when you can hear their little voice. 🙂 I love this stage…my youngest is about their age..such a cute/fun stage! 🙂 He doensn’t say as much as they are saying, of course, I’ll attribute that to older siblings who don’t let him get a word in! ha ha

  17. Kirst says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I thought I would stop being a blog stalker and actually comment.
    Your boys are so cute. Can’t wait to see their halloween costumes.
    My youngest hasn’t started saying no but sure hears it a lot from his sister and brother.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I will be thinking of you all tomorrow as you venture out for some Halloween treating and tricking! Have fun!

  19. Quad Squad! says:

    Boy, I’m waiting for that day too!

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