By Diane Ako
If I interact with you and end up speaking kiddie-talk, forgive me. It becomes so much a part of a parent's lexicon that it comes out automatically.
I don't really do baby talk to my child, but there are a few things that are very mommy-sounding out of my mouth. I have noticed the most common is "All done?" When posed as a question, it's not so bad, but when offered as an answer or an indicator of my status, it does take on a more childish tone.
I notice it, but only right after it's uttered and out in the universe. I always secretly laugh at myself and hope that the person doesn't catch it. Like, at the grocery store, I was asking the cashier if she was finished verifying my credit card signature. "All done?" I asked. I know this is not what I would have said pre-Olivia.
Or, Claus was trying to tickle me, and I did not want that. "All done," I insisted forcefully. "All done!" I have also caught myself reminding my mom to "go pee-pee before we get in the car."
Hopefully, I'll grow out of this before I end up trying to conclude a corporate meeting with, "All done?"
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