Not Yet…

by mamagrace71 on August 14, 2012

The twinlets have followed the usual trend of toddler speech development with their liking of the word, “No”.  It’s used frequently, unbashfully and drives me around the proverbial twist.

How can one tiny word can be said with more conviction than their little 2 and a half year old minds can actually grasp?  It astounds me.

The past couple of weeks though, the tune has slightly changed to one that’s a little friendlier. These days, the favourite phrase of the fleeting toddler moment is: “Not yet.”

Where did they picked it up? I haven’t an iota of a clue. I can, however, say its context has suprisingly been spot on. (Yes, I possibly may be raising twin geniuses…) I just wish the situations were a little more…ideal.

Let me walk you through some classic examples.

When picking them up from daycare.
Me: Are you ready to go home?
K-Bear: Not yet.

Nunu has suddenly stopped in his tracks from playing. Instead, his efforts turn to pushing “something” out and he starts going a little red in the face.
Me: Nunu, are you doing a poo?
Nunu: (grunt, grunt) Not yet.

K-Bear – the yoghurt eating fiend – is demolishing his 3rd tub.
Me: K-Bear, have you finished?
Nunu: (slurp, slurp) Not yet.

While quietly playing with their Thomas train set, K-Bear suddenly starts screaming for Nunu’s train. Upon his brother’s vocal demands, Nunu immediately passes it over to him.
Me: Oh, Nunu…that was so nice of you to give your Percy train to K-Bear. Do you love your brother?
Nunu:  Not yet.

There wasn’t a nanosecond of hesitation.

At least he has a lifetime to learn how to figure that one out.

 Joining in with Jess for IBOT

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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos August 14, 2012 at 6:55 am

That’s so cute!
I definitely prefer the ‘not yet’ to a ‘no’!
You’ll have to figure out how you did that, so you can teach it to others!
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kirri August 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

I’m with ^Tracey^ – “Not yet” is so much better than a flat out “No”…..There’s room for possibility and movement :)

There will be many more genius phrases coming in months to come!
My twins went through an ‘Actually’ phase that lasted for about 6 months….Sometimes it meant “yes”, sometimes “No” and sometimes it meant “you are so wrong Mamma!”
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Penny August 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

What a giggle. I loved reading the ‘not yet’ scenarios, although I’m sure it’s even more adorable when you’re hearing it with their little voices. I wish we could have play dates. Can you come in live in QLD please!

P.S love the toddler yoga photo. Clever boys!


Bachelormum August 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

Sweet. My little one’s favourite was ‘why but’. It’s gradually morphed to ‘but, but, but’, where my response is simply ‘no buts’ x
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Lyndal August 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

bah ha ha ha ha this is SO CUTE!!! i love it!

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Happylan August 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

Oh how cute! My boy used to use “Not yet,” too. Actually he still uses it with regularity at bedtime.:)
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Ai Sakura August 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

Awww too cute! Can just imagine them having those conversations with you :) I get a good giggle nowadays when Lil Pumpkin answers “sure” or refers to herself as “Princess Papadum” heh. Her daddy is trying to get her to say “fo’ sure” all hip-hop style :p
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Dr Bron August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

Wait til one of them calls you “Buttface”…………. :)
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Rhianna August 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

Oh that is too funny. Miss Two has started to draw her yes out, think Carl Barron in the female form. Not really sure my typing does it justice but it is like a yeeeaahhhh. Much better than a demanding no :)
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Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right August 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

Ha ha! That reminds me of my 2 year old’s expression “I sink so” (I think so) and her 4 year old sister asking her if she loved her. “I sink so.” Gee they’re cute at this age, aren’t they?
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carmen August 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

Bwahahaha! Your twinlets sound like they’ve been taking lessons from my younger boys!
I wish you lots of luck staying a step ahead of two! ;) xxXOoo
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Catherine Rodie Blagg @CoTaaB August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Oh so gorgeous! G hasn’t said that one yet. At the moment its ‘what’s that noise?’ every five minutes.. and ‘I don’t like it’ at every single mealtime.
LOVE the photo!! x
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Jess August 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Ha ha!
I remember one of mine, when hearing ‘no’ would say ‘maybe?’ It was like she needed to hold on to the hope that no was not in fact no!
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MsMandie August 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Cute, cute, cute! Love the little phrases they pick up an use (always in context, too). We’re currently going through a, “hmmmm, can’t me-member” phase.
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Rachel from Redcliffe Style August 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Haha, perfect timing. Very cute. Rachel x
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Salz August 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Lol so cute. the things that they pick up and the things that we don’t know where they get it from. Miss 14mth old says “whats dat?” and points to everything.
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Kylez...aka...Mrs.P August 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Ah, something to look forward to! Mia’s latest sounds have been sounding suspiciously like “No”, although it’s more of a Na! And while she has no idea of the meaning of the sounds she is making (she would be a genius if she did at 9 months, lol!), its still funny when I ask her a question and she says “Na!”
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Christine August 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Bahahah. Hilarious!


Lani August 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

That is too cute!!! We’re having a few doozies at our place too.
Yesterday Jonah gave Oscar his truck without a fuss and Oscar said “Thanks Jonah” to which Jonah replied without skipping a beat “you’re most welcome!” Absolutely no idea where that came from… Until this morning when watching Peppa Pig what should Daddy Pig say… At leastv TV is teaching good manners!!


Rita August 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Haha!!! My husband niece and me talking today:
Me: Julls, have you finished eating?
J.: No (but she’s actually still eating)
Me: Do you want to play with the Ipad?
J: No (grabs the Ipad)
Kids are so funny!
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Julia Kuku Couture August 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hahaha that was a little bit funny.

we are having similar conversations around here.

Maksi is real keen on letting me know what he want to eat. when I ask would you like some apple he say no bici cracks me up every time :)
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Renay August 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Hahaha, that is so cute. My Miss Four never seems to stop talking but Miss nearly one is happy to still be discovering. The latest is Narna lol :)
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Kirsty August 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

So cute!! Not so cute when they’re teens though and you ask if they’ve done something (for the ten billionth time) and you get that response :(


Sonia Life Love Hiccups August 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

too cute! the sad thing is my 11 year old still uses those words.
have you cleaned your room?
Not Yet!
Have you done your teeth?
Not Yet!
Arggghhhh lol xx
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Kelly @ HT and T August 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Ah from the mouths of babes! I love this stage of development, I was only saying to my husband tonight that our 2 1/2 yr old’s vocab seems to be expanding rapidly. His favourite response? “Oh man!”
Me: “It’s time to go…”
H: “Oh man!”
H: “Please me have a chocolate?”
Me: “No, you can have a banana.”
H: “Oh man!”
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Zanni, Heart Mama August 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

How sweet. It’s a beauty to have two of them, then you can see what’s “developmental” and what’s personality. I love watching the little leaps in cognition…like you have described. So precious!
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Mumabulous August 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

What adorable little men! Are they also bombarding you with “I’m hungry” at ten minute intervals? I’ve read that a 4 year old can ask 400 questions per day. Its a shame that its “Can I have a biscuit?”, 400 times.
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Lara @ This Charming Mum August 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

That’s very cute. My kids use “I’m just…” whenever I ask them to do something. As in, “I’m just finishing this picture and then I’ll tidy up”. It used to annoy me until I realised it’s exactly what I say to them when they interrupt me to ask for things! I love observing their language development – and the differences in the ways each child has learned to speak. Lovely post :)
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Kate @ Our Little Sins August 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

Hahaha, Grace that’s gold and I agree, ‘not yet’ is better than ‘no’! Do you say ‘not yet’ much? I love chatting with kids while their speech is developing. It’s so cute!
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Nami August 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

My gosh, those two are too cute. Are they doing Yoga? It’s awesome. Yeah, our cousin’s kid was using the “not yet” line for a while – never did figure out where he picked it up from either. Perhaps it’s instinctual…
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Mum of Adult Kids August 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

That’s so cute Grace! I don’t believe my kids developed any further that “No”. At least not yet. ;-)
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cranky old man August 17, 2012 at 5:46 am

“In a minute” can not be far behind.


Shelley August 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

That’s a very polite way of saying no! I get ‘of course’ as a response to everything by Miss2 at the moment. ‘Can you please stop driving Mummy crazy today?’ ‘Of course!’ x
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Naomi August 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

That’s so cute, made me giggle :)
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Prue @Modern Nomads With Kids August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thanks super cute! Way better than no.


Yvette @ DTlilsquirts August 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

yup! We’re going through not yet too!!

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BossyMummy August 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Z is the same age, and yep, ‘not yet’ is making the rounds :)


Kimberley M August 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hehe. Funny. Inky (who’s 22 months) has a new favourite word – “STOP” as opposed to “NO”, said with real Talk to the Hand flair. Your photo of your toddler’s doing Toga (Toddler Yoga) made me giggle in empathy as well, we get that a lot around here.
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Shari August 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

A hearty LOL from here – my Grace (who’s around the same age) is proficient in a variety of versions – No, Not Yet, I said NO Mummy, Nope, Nah – if it didn’t entertain me so much I’d be losing it big time!


Parental Parody August 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Bahaha….do you love your brother – not yet. Gold!


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