Sense of belonging

I am a big fan of Nina Simone. I like singing her songs out loud. Particularly this song with the following lyrics: 

I put a spell on you. 'Coz you're mine.......

I sing this song to Sempi with a twist. I sit him on the dining table for his breakfast and I sing

I put a bib on you. 'Coz you're mine.......

I've been singing this to him ever since he could sit straight. This morning I sat him down and started singing as usual. 

He retorted. 

Sempi: I'm not yours. I belong to amma.

Me: Oh yeah? Well your amma belongs to me.

Sempi: And you belong to paati (his grandma, my mother). 

Me: Who does your paati belong to? 

Sempi: Paati belongs to Thatha (his grandpa, my dad). She puts a bib on Thatha. Because she belongs to Thatha.

I cracked up when I imagined my dad wearing a bib, sitting on dining table waiting for his breakfast.

3yo vs The Man

Sempi and I are playing early in the morning on a Thursday. 

Me: I have to go brush my teeth. 

Sempi: Why?

Me: I have to get ready to go to work. 

Sempi: No. Don't go to work. Do inside work. (that's his phrase for working from home). 

Me: No, Sempi I have to go into work today. 

Sempi: Why? 

Me: Because "The Man" wants me to come into work. (You should know that I troll my son... a lot). 

Sempi: What Man? Who Man? 

Me: Haha. 

At this point I start brushing my teeth and Sempi comes into the bathroom and still curious about the man. 

Sempi: Which guy? Is it Joe? (Joe is my teammate at NewRelic). 

Watch out Joe, he was a bit upset about me leaving to work and he thinks you're the "Man". 

Shortened names

Sempi and Yoshi are playing with trucks. Sempi is showing off his collection of trucks. 

Sempi: This is a steam roller, an excavator, ass truck and a low boy.

Yoshi: Ass truck? 

Sempi: Yeah it dumps out asphalt. 

Yoshi: Of all the trucks you could have abbreviated, you choose the asphalt truck...?

Hug Machine

Yoshi is sitting on the floor wiping some of Sempi's pee.

Sempi runs up to her from behind and gives her a hug. 

Yoshi: Aw! Thank you sweetie. 

Sempi: I'm not hugging you, I'm waiting for my piggy back ride. 

Yoshi: Of course you are...


Potty Creativity

This is part of Sempi's potty training series.

Today he successfully pooped in his portable potty.

Sempi: Appa the poop looks like a hot dog. 

Me: Thanks man, thanks for that imagery. I'm glad I'm a vegetarian.


Chocolate Juice

We're potty training Sempi. You've been warned. 


Sempi: Appa would you like some chocolate juice. 

Me: Chocolate Juice? Sure. (I'm highly suspicious)

Sempi: Come to the bathroom I'll make you some chocolate juice. 

Me: (My suspicions were confirmed?)

Sempi runs to the bathroom and uses the spring loaded toilet paper holder as his juicer. Makes blender sounds while pressing down on his juicer.

Sempi: Here you go. (Hands me a pretend cup)

I'm somewhat relieved. 

Sempi: I need your debit card to pay. 


Orange Juice with p**p

Happy New Year 2016

Yoshi is baking a strawberry cake. I'm helping Sempi squeeze some oranges to make orange juice.

Me: We're almost done squeezing.

Sempi: I like my orange juice with poop. 

Me: You what? 

Sempi: I like my orange juice with poooop. Pooolp.

Me: Oh you mean pulp. I see. *phew*

We had some delicious cake and drank orange juice with puuuulp.


Impatient Toddler

Days after Christmas, it starts snowing in Portland. We are all excited to stay in and watch the snow. 

I start to have a casual conversation with Yoshi's belly (she's pregnant). 

Me: Hey! Sleepy head. Wake up. Let's see you kick.

Me: Do you like Superman or Batman? 

Me: Do you like Garbage Truck or Dump Truck? 

Sempi drops his toys and comes running towards us.

Yoshi: Appa is talking to Jelly Bean (name of the fetus). 

Sempi: Get out, Jelly bean. 

Runs back to his toys, content with the feeling that he has helped somehow.

My little perfectionist

Lazy Sunday morning. Yoshi is making an origami star to adorn our one foot christmas tree. Sempi is sitting there watching the whole ordeal. 

Yoshi finishes the star and looks at it and says 

"This star is not perfect but who needs perfection". 

Sempi pipes up with "I do".


Conversations with a 3 yo

Sempi is playing with his trucks. Yosh and I are having an adult conversation. Sempi feels left out.

Sempi: Amma, you're taking up too much space. 

Yoshi: Really? What do you want me to do? 

Sempi: You should move. 

Yoshi: Where do you want me to move? 

Sempi: Closer to me. :)


That sly dog.