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The first time she said it was when one of her favorite therapists was here. And there's a little back story to how the new phrase came to be a favorite.
The afternoon before her session, she was doing something that she knew she shouldn't be doing and every time I told her to stop she would stop and then look at me and say "eh, eh, eh, eh" in a little sing song voice with a giggle. Still, I was pretty thrilled that she was actually stopping when I would ask her to.
By the end of the day it was clear that that was the phrase of the moment was the Mae version of "no" and she was using it in that way.
The next day she insisted on bringing her therapist over from the table that they usually do their work at to sit at the dining room table where Sadie and I do school. They were working on something and Maggie said "eh, eh, eh, eh" (which sounds pretty similar to the way Boots says "ooo, ooo, ahh, ahh" in tone) and her therapist said "That's what a monkey says!" and Maggie very seriously said:
"Boots monkey says 'ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo!'"
She instantly seemed almost surprised by the fact that she had said it and now it is her favorite phrase. And it's changed a tiny bit. She pops her head into the kitchen while I'm working to let me know "Boots monkey says ';ooo, ooo, ahh, ahh!'"
While driving in the car a tiny voice from the far back tells everyone "Boots monkey says 'ooo, ooo, ahh, ahh!'"
And every time she says it it's the sweetest sound and she looks so incredibly proud of herself that my heart just about bursts!
Apparently "Boots monkey says 'ooo, ooo, ahh, ahh!'" is the new "mermaids 'wimming!'" of later January 2015.