My daughter is a nanny for two little boys. She told them, "Before we leave for the library, you have to use the bathroom."
Liam said very clearly, "Bathroom."
I scooped him up and said, "Did you say, bathroom?"
He repeated it. I clapped, hugged him and kissed him. He knew he'd done something wonderful.
A few minutes later, he was watching Thomas the Train video, and I could not distract him. So I dangled my keys on a stretchy band (which he teethes on) in front of him. I said, "Liam, want Grammy's keys? Say, bathroom."
He was more interested in Thomas chugging down the track.
I said, "Here, you can have my keys if you say, bathroom."
He grabbed my keys, kept his eyes on the video and said, "Bathroom, bathroom, bathroom, bathroom." Naturally, I gave him my keys.
He associated my keys with the word "bathroom" and so, when his paternal grandma took him to a baby shower Sunday, he kept asking for keys. Yep, he squealed in his high pitch baby voice, all afternoon throughout the shower, "Bathroom!"
Guests asked, "Is he saying, bathroom?"
I would have replied, "Yes, he's potty training." But that's just me!
Every time I look at him, he smiles and says, "Bathroom." I dangle my keys in front of him and he says very excitedly, "bathroom!" I've confused the baby.