Weekly Zuzu: Vwa-pah!
Zuzu, being a third child, doesn’t say much. She is extremely communicative, but doesn’t really use conventional words. She uses a lot of signing and pointing and appropriate facial expressions. Eli was the same way. He didn’t say anything except for “Dada” and “Harpo” until he was 22 months old, at which point he started saying things like, “I would please like a grilled cheese sandwich and I’ll eat it at the table.”
Zuzu says “Dada” and “Mama.” She says thank you, but she doesn’t actually say “thank you.” Instead she says “in-dah.” I don’t know where it came from, but it definitely means thank you. And, at some point, she interpreted the sound of the smack of a kiss as “vwa-pah!” and so now that’s the sound she makes when she kisses. (Incidentally: it’s not easy. Try it. It’s easy to kiss someone on the cheek and say “mwa-pah” but getting that v sound in the beginning is tough.)
And so, I present to you: Zuzu and her vwa-pahs.