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My Son Is Obsessed with 'Chi-Chis'

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Chi-chis (noun): 1. Spanish slang for boobies, hooters, honkers, gonzagas, etc. 2. What my son calls Cheerios.

breakfast cereal

Christina Montoya Fiedler: Coming from a Spanish speaking family (and a heavily Hispanic Los Angeles suburb), this gets him a lot of head turns -- but mostly laughs. My grandmother says this is what I get for not breastfeedinga son with a subconscious obsession with "chi-chis." Funny, Grandma. Funny. Really, he just wants his favorite breakfast cereal -- which he literally would eat for every meal if I let him.

The unfortunate part of this scenario is that my son is fixated on these chi-chis. He shouts for them at home, in the park, in the store, at random people. If we don't give them to him fast enough, a "chi-chi fit" is likely to occur (which involves him dropping to the floor while kicking and shouting the phrase "chi-chis" over and over again). Dear God, no! Not another chi-chi fit! 

We tried having him call them "Ohs" (just like the generic brand), but now he just says, "Oh, chi-chis" -- which might be worse, given the longing look in his eyes, not to mention the new hand gesture he's picked up (opening and closing his fists with his little hands raised above his head). Ugh. It really can't get any worse.

His father and I would often contemplate what his first words would be, how they would sound coming from his small little voice. Now we know. "Chi-chis" wasn't his first, but it's definitely in his repertoire.

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Anonymous Mom March 18, 2010, 8:41 AM

When my daughter was about a year and a half old, she used to love talking about horses…except she left out the letter “s.” But your story about the chi-chi’s is soooo much funnier! LOL!

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CJL March 18, 2010, 12:13 PM

One word stands out for my daughter “reach”. When she was trying to reach for something, she would try to say the word “reach” but came out as “b*tch” to our ears. Both my husband and I would look at each other and say “Did she just say what we think we heard?” Took us a while to figure out the exact word she was trying to say -lol.

Best Mom Ever March 18, 2010, 5:42 PM

For my son, it was “fork”. It came out like “f***”. He’s 7 now and we still laugh about it. Ahhh…gotta love speech impediments. :-)

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