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.

Life Lessons by a 3yo

Sempi is driving a toy fork lift with a load.

Sempi: Appa I got a package for you.

Me: OK, can I have it?

Sempi: No! (Then drives away).


Lesson learned, life can be hard sometimes, get used to it. Except, I am the one supposed to teach him life lessons.

3yo and God

We're at our ancestral village attending a family function. The priest is chanting the mantras at the top of his voice. 

Sempi: Appa, why is he yelling at us? 

Me: He's not yelling Sempi, he's chanting. 

Sempi: Why? 

Me: He's summoning God. 

Sempi: There is no God. 

Me: Hahaha. Who told you that? 

Sempi: You did. 


I don't remember teaching him that, but I'm proud he got the message. :)

Pickles

Sempi loves pickles. He'd eat them at every chance. 

We're at an indoor play place in Chennai. We ordered some fried potato wedges. When they were delivered, Sempi exclaims "Appa, I found bread pickles".


Conversations with a 3yo

We're at a park in India. Sempi is sitting on a teeter-totter looking contraption. He's looking for a partner for the other side. 

Sempi: Amma can you sit on the other side? 

Yoshi: I'm too big to sit on that side Sempi. 

Sempi: Appa, can you sit on that side?

Me: I'm flattered that you think I'm smaller than your mom. But I'm still too big.

Sempi: Maybe when you're flatter you can sit on the other side. 


It was an unintentional pun joke, but I laughed heartily.

Adventures with a 2yo

Conversation between Yoshi and I. 

Yoshi: I'm worried Sempi (our 2yo) might be a little dyslexic. 

Me: Why? 

Yoshi: He occasionally reverses the words in his rhymes.

Me: Like what? 

Yoshi: "Frosty the snow man was a happy jolly soul" . It's supposed to be "Jolly happy soul". 

Me: Oh yeah. He could be dyslexic or he could have a troll dad who subtly changes his rhymes to see if he'll catch it.  (sheepish grin)

Yoshi: Oh boy. What else did you teach him?

Me: I'm trying "Itsy bitsy tiger", "Row row, row the boat gently down the street" and so on. 


#ProudDad. 

Conversations with a 2yo

Sempi is playing in his room with some construction cones and trucks. He usually narrates his gameplay. 

I walk into the room and right at the moment he says: 

"Caution! Caution! Oversize load"

I wonder if it's coincidence or subliminal messaging.