Weekly Zuzu: Vwa-pah!

by | Dec 11, 2009 | Zuzu | 5 comments

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.


  1. Corinne

    Vwa- pah! sounds like a little moped/scooter type of thing that would be ridden in Greece.

  2. Julie

    Oh, yes, indeed! “And then after our meal of cheese and olives in the plaza, we hopped on our cherry red Vwa-pahs and rode down to sit by the ruins and look at the ocean.”

  3. Christina

    this is now Nora’s favorite zuzu videos of all time. “More vwa-pah” has been a frequent request in our house this week

  4. Julie

    I love it! I love all the stories of Nora watching the Zuzu videos. We need Nora videos!

  5. Christina

    I know- I need to post some…I need to film her watching the Zuzu videos!


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