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The many meanings of “Mmmuuhh!”

Our beautiful boy, you’re now 16 months old.
You are smiley and cute and so snuggly to hold.

But your tot conversation is somewhat reserved.
In fact until now you’ve had only one word…


With determination, and one outstretched paw.
Your insistant “Mmmuuhh!” Means “May I have some MORE?”

“Mmmuuhh!” Can mean “MINE!!!” Be it food, snot or toy:
“It’s not yours to taste, or to wipe, or enjoy!”

Sometimes it’s confusing, it’s “Yes” and it’s “No”.
“I’m hungry”. “I’m tired”. “Turn it off”. “Make it go”.

But my favourite “Mmmuuhh” with two arms stretched above,
Is “Cuddle me Mummy, please give me some love”.

And now your one word has expanded to three!
An outstanding leap in vocabulary!

As now we have “Bbbuuhh” which means “Book”, “Ball” and “Bear”.
Followed by “Wwwuuhh” which means “What?” “Why?” And “Where?”

So we maybe can’t chat and you can’t say my name,
You have hundreds of words , they just all sound the same.

But I know what you mean and you’re trying to say.
I sense how to read you by watching each day.

I see you develop and learn as you grow.
The words aren’t required, I’m your mum – I just know!

So next time I’m quizzed by the health visitor….

“He has eight hundred words!!” *smug face*

(….They just all sound like Mmmuuhh!!)


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64 thoughts on “The many meanings of “Mmmuuhh!”

  1. Pingback: 30 day blog challenge…update | A Yummy Mummy who believes the glass is always half full
    1. Hi Leanne. *virtual wave* Nice to meet you too. Thank you. I think I quite like being a Mmmuuhhster. I might insist that this is my new name from now on 😉 Looking forward to reading your post too. I’ll pop over soon…

      Dawn x

  2. Its amazing how you can easily decipher the meaning of those first words, sonyou know exactly what each muhh means. The strange thing is when one day the suddenly (seem to) start speaking with proper words. #Fartglitter

    1. I probably won’t have the foggiest idea what he’s actually saying then, but I’m guessing that a lot of it will be food related so I’ll continue with my current tactic of if in doubt shove some food in… 🙂 x

  3. Aww this is so cute. I love that you know what he means even though he uses the same few words for everything, I bet no one else has a clue what he is chattering about. Lovely poem as always xx #fartglitter

    1. Thank you Wendy. To be fair his demands are fairly simple at this stage and mostly food based so I have a head start. But yes, nobody else has a clue haha. Thank you for reading and your lovely comment xx

  4. Haha! Oh I’m so glad not to have those health visitor meetings anymore. I spent the whole time panicking that she was sat there thinking how crap a job I was doing. Your child’s vocabulary sounds strikingly similar to a lot of my older students’.


    1. Hahaha. I can imagine he will revert to grunting once he reaches his teen years. Don’t you just love the “Helpful guidelines” around child development? Makes me just want to stand blowing a huge raspberry. In fact next time she comes I might just do it :0) x

  5. Ha! I love how they can communicate with us even though they can’t talk! Sorry I missed this post, Baby Lighty was struck down with a tummy bug last week so we’ve been a bit off the radar! Xxx

      1. He’s back to his cheeky self, thank goodness. We were up at the hospital twice last week which was scary. No worries, you know I like to keep up with your posts 🙂 xxx

  6. I absolutely love your posts! I especially enjoyed this one when I read it the other day. The first words, that often moms and dads are the only ones to understand, are the most heartwarming and stay with us.

  7. That’s so cute! I remember when that’s all my boys were able to say. Now the conversations we have! We moms know what our kids want. I used to love when mine would reach up their arms for me to pick them up. Sometimes I miss those days! #abitofeverything

    1. Yup. I can imagine! I’m grateful that my little man has at least mastered the art of pointing along with his “Mmmuuhh!” At least it gives me half a chance…. Thank you for your time and comment 🙂

      Dawn x

  8. Love this – very true! Health visitors do tend to ask how many words they have – wish I’d thought of this with my first son who mostly said nothing apart from ‘ep’ and ‘geth’ till he was two. Those words counted for 800! #abitofeverything

    1. Thank you. I think if you read the small print it does say “some words may only be understood by parents” so I think we’re totally justified in our 800 count! Thank you for commenting x

  9. Awww, your rhymes always have a way of making me feel really emotional, even when they’re funny! So sweet, and so true! My eldest had a pretty good vocabulary from early on, but MA at 22 months has only just started to expand his, and pretty much had the same word for everything too! But you’re right, when you are with them all the time, you know the difference between every intonation, and know exactly what they mean!

    1. Thank you lovely. Both of my two have been relatively “relaxed” in their speech development but they can both be up a flight of stairs in 4 seconds flat haha. I’m a bit more chilled out about it second time around as Little Miss soon caught up with her peers once she got going. I figure they just do it when they’re ready. As you say, we can manage just fine with our one word 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment x

  10. Love it – perfect answer for a HV! Perhaps that is the right answer to ‘does she use pronouns correctly most of the time?’ as well: ‘yes, all the time. I mean, she’s invented her own, but uses them correctly all the time!’ (I would have thought that the correct answer to does she use pronouns correctly most of the time was ‘no, she just turned 2’, but according to the checklists that is not the answer! :D)

    1. Has anybody ever rushed their child to a speech therapist sobbing “I’m terribly concerned at her inappropriate use of pronouns?” Maybe I should be the first?

      I do so love checklists as an effective and supportive way to encourage development in keeping with peers of a similar age. *Keeps a straight face* “Mmmuuhh!!”

      Thank you. I love your comments! :0)

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