wary of little sisterOkay, you all know my daughter Hannah can throw out the funniest one-liners.  She’s got the language, the attitude and the comic timing of a pro.  But she’s not the only kid in the family whose sophisticated sense of humor keeps me in stitches.  Alex’s humor is a bit harder to blog about– since most of the stuff that cracks him up is visual or slapstick (email me for the link to his YouTube channel if you like!)– but over the years there have been several memorable moments of perfectly-Alex funny which will always stick with me.

alex pumpkin2Alex loves to mix up words or find alternate meanings for words and phrases.  His receptive language, reading comprehension, spelling and writing abilities are right up there with super-smart typical kids.  Only difference is the challenge he has with expressive language and getting the words out.  For your reading pleasure, some of my favorite “Alex-isms” :


alex grinMe (talking out loud writing a grocery list):  “… tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans… ground meat, chicken… Alex, would you help me write the rest of this?  Write down what you want at the store.” 

Alex (taking pen & paper):  “ketchup, mustard… butter… mutter… Mommy!”  with a big winky grin.  Hands paper back with the rest of list printed and a smiley face drawn and labeled “mommy.”


At bedtime, Alex breaks into spontaneous giggles during cuddle time:  “Mommy, go to SHeep!” 

Me:  “Go to SHeep?  Silly boy, you mean go to—” 

Alex:  “Baaaaaaaah!”


charming alexAlex (huge charming grin, playing his version of Scrabble):  “Word!” 

Me (laughing):  “Dude, truck-azonkquilapsafo is *not* a word!”


alex's bowl and plate artAlex (age 3 in doctor’s office, singing to himself while Mom & Dad consult with the nurse):  “Bah-munty.  Da funty munty. .. Bah-munty munty…” 

Dad:  “Wait a minute, our son is singing ‘Brass Monkey’ by the Beastie Boys!” 

(and indeed he was– in perfect rhythm!)


alex goodbye pleaseMe (walking Alex to the door to let in a home program teacher he didn’t particularly like):  “Let’s open the door for our friends.” 

Alex’s welcome message:  “Goodbye, please.”


alex laundry chuteWhen Alex was a baby, I made up some ridiculous nicknames for him (as all new mommies do when they babble with their newborns).  One of my favorites was “Bunny Luv Pickle Pop” and I used to sing it to the tune of “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” by the Temptations.  One of Alex’s first home program teachers finished a session of discrete trial training with him, spontaneously turned to Alex and in an animated voice said “Bunny Luv!!” to which 4 year old Alex responded without hesitation, “Pickle Pop!!”

*x*o*x*o*happy kiddos

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Superexhuasted
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 08:16:40

    great post it made me smile


  2. Rhonda Logan (@pugariffic73)
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:49:19

    So very cute! love the pictures too 🙂 I’ve just started doing this type of thing with Tommy. Rhyming words in place of other words. He doesn’t DO it, but he finds it hysterical when I do it… lol Instead of hot dogs, i’ll call them cold cats. HA! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Seems to be our own way of going back and forth jokingly.

    The brass monkey is priceless!!


    • cathykal
      Feb 27, 2012 @ 10:33:48

      Awesome, I love it! And I can hear the laughter and the “Noooooo!” Isn’t it amazing how much communication happens through humor? It’s such a great connection 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!


  3. Amy Mendelsohn
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:33:04

    love it,Cat. Keep em coming!


  4. Amanda
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 15:50:31

    What a funny guy! Our little guy perfected his first knock knock joke a couple months ago 🙂

    Btw, I finally posted THE blog post about Little Monster and the evaluation process. Feel free to comment or share with anyone that is familiar with the process.


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  7. Sheila Medlam
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 03:52:33

    Reblogged this on SHEILA MEDLAM and commented:
    Love this…


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