Thursday, March 14, 2013


I am getting ready for my final licensing exam before I am a licensed physician.  That means time spent in libraries, taking endless practice exams, reading about how I missed diagnoses, prescribed the wrong medicine, and hopefully storing that information so that I will be able to do well on the exam, and be a better physician.

Occasionally the question stem will make me think about my own health or the health of my loved ones.  This has caused me to be a bad hypochondriac in the past, but nevertheless, it still happens.  Most recently, a question eventually led me to review the fact that at 2 years of age, toddlers should be speaking in 2- to 3-word sentences and have a vocabulary larger than 50 words.  After engraining that information in my already full brain, I thought, is our little Jordan in trouble?  Does he need a hearing exam (which was the answer to the question, what's the next step in helping this little boy who didn't speak much?)  So being the worry wart that I am, I came up with this list:
  1. Mommy
  2. Daddy
  3. Mom
  4. Dad
  5. Ogo
  6. Di Di (what we call airplanes)
  7. Ball
  8. Golf
  9. Choo choo (trains)
  10. Beep
  11. One
  12. Two
  13. Three
  14. Four
  15. Five
  16. Doh
  17. Hi
  18. Hello
  19. Bye
  20. I Love You
  21. Fly
  22. Up
  23. BYU
  24. Cougars
  25. Raw
  26. Go
  27. Please
  28. Cheese
  29. Thank you
  30. Amen
  31. Helicopter
  32. Night night
  33. Nai Nai (Chinese for milk)
  34. More
  35. Jump
  36. Ai (Chinese for love)
  37. Yao (Chinese for want)
  38. Wo wo (Chinese for dog)
  39. Blast
  40. Maau mee (Chinese for cat)
  41. Puo Puo (Chinese for Grandma)
  42. Gong-Gong (Chinese for Grandpa)
  43. Uh-Oh
  44. Tootles
  45. Owie
  46. Eyes
  47. Bubbles
  48. Car
  49. Bat
  50. Touchdown
Amazingly, I was able to come up with 50+ words that he has said, and consistently will say.  Full disclosure, I don't think anyone, except me and Daisy, could consistently identify these words; but you definitely hear him say those words in his cute little manner.  Life is funny how we often think we are coming up so short of the bar, but if we stop and hold ourselves a little accountable, we find ourselves progressing and improving much in the way we were hoping; we just weren't giving ourselves credit.


Deidra Smith said...

Yay! Glad you were able to ease your mind. Although, sometimes the books just stress us out for no reason-it is all about personality and need not ability. I've known many little boys that speak mostly in grunts until 3 or 4 'cuz they get what they need. I have a cousin that didn't really talk at all and then one day his mother was trying to feed him peas. His first words were a sentence. I don't want those!

Gena Hopper said...

A bad hypochondriac must be a good thing? Hehe- I knew what you meant! In fact, I now have to see if I can make my on list of 50 words.