Chi-chis (noun): 1. Spanish slang for boobies, hooters, honkers, gonzagas, etc. 2. What my son calls Cheerios.
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 breastfeeding: a 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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|Christina Montoya Fiedler resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with husband, Andy, and her son, Joseph. She juggles baby and work from home as a freelance publicist and attributes her strong love for life and sense of humor to her loving familia.|