Lane is very aural. Sometimes you think she’s not listening… and she acts like she’s not listening… but she is. She always is! She can nearly always tell you what you just said even if she was in another room.
She picks up people’s phrases very quickly. Like, I call Jake “buddy”, so does Lane. I say “oh man” when something goes wrong, so does Lane. I say “dammit” when get ticked off, and much to my chagrin, so does Lane. (We’re working on that one, mainly through not acknowledging when she says it. It’s working.)
When we got down to Aruba, we reunited with Lane after she’d spent 2 full days with her grandparents. And, she picked up a phrase in Czech from them. I cannot spell it to save my life but it sounds like “Oh, Pour Cheats!” This is something they utter when something gets screwed up, or they are trying to do something but they can’t quite make it work right. I haven’t asked for a translation to English but it’s a mild curse. So, Lane said it a couple times in the first evening we were there, and we all giggled. (Yeah, I know, it only encourages her. But it was funny.)
Out of curiosity, I asked her what it meant. She said, “It means Grandma’s trying to do something!”