What Are You Doing

Sunday almost midnight.

“Pa. Papa.”
“Hm.”
“Papa. Papapa.” 
“Hm.”
“Pa. What are you doing?”
“Hm.”
“Pa are you sleeping Pa?”
“Sshhh..”
“Pa wake up Pa.”
“Apa Njel wes malem papa tidur ini. Besok pagi papa sek kerja lo.” 
“Are you sleeping?”
“Yes.”
“No. Papa wake up.”
“Ya tadi sleeping terus kamu wake Papa up.”
“You want sleep now?”
“Yes.”
“Ok. Good night.”

Then she kiss my cheek.

Evangeline, 2½yrs old, after some sleep training efforts you just wing it because we need sleep more than the kids do.

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Jukebox on Repeat

“Pa wake up Pa!” 
“Let Papa sleep, Njel.”
“Wake up Papa let’s play.”
“Let Papa sleep. Sunday ini Njel.”
“You want Sunday?”
“No no no sorry sorry I don’t want Sunday. I want sleep.”

Too late. I’ve hit the play button.

“Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday… Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday.”

Evangeline, 2½yrs old, nursery jukebox on repeat.

As Easy As 123

“1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,18,19,..”
“Angel, you skipped 17.”
“Aaaahhhh Papa don’t disturb. See. I forget 17.”
“Lho… Papa lho ngomong e mari kamu ngomong eighteen nineteen. Not my fault lah.”
“Ssshhh… Ssshhh… Quiet. Don’t disturb me.”
“Ok ok I quiet.”
“1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.”
“Wes gitu tok? Eleven twelve ndak ada?”
“Quiet, Papa!!! Don’t disturb please! Angel is counting please!”
“Lho hoi kamu lho wes mandeg ngitung.”
“Mama! Papa not stop talking! Please.”
“Mama! Anakmu sakkarepe dhewe!”
“Can you two don’t fight?”
“Tiyetttt…. “

Evangeline, 2½yrs, blame game, ibarat buruk muka cermin dipecah.

Priority Consistency

Reading story book.

“This is rooster. This is hen. These are chicks.” 
“This is chicken!”
“Yes, they are all chicken. But everyone has different name.”
“Chicken.”
“Papa chicken is rooster. Mama chicken is hen. Baby chicken are chicks.”
“Chicks.”
“Repeat after mama. Papa chicken is rooster.”
“Oyster.”
“Not oyster. Close. Rooster. Mama chicken is hen.”
“Hand!”
“It sounds similar but it’s hen. Baby chicken is chicks.”
“Chicken!”
“Do you like chicken, Angel?”
“Yes!”
“Do you like rooster papa chicken, hen mama chicken, or chicks baby chicken?”
“I like chicken soup.”

Evangeline, 2½yrs old, priority has its consistency.

Tummy Time

Today Papa bring me to the big bed. He said something about tummy time and training my neck muscle. I did :

A. Cry a lot to show I’m not comfortable in new environments.
B. Move a lot to find good position to rest in this new place.
C. Pee to show dominance and mark territory. 
D. This is not multiple choice question. It’s the list of the things I’ve done.

The Tummy Time

Today Papa bring me to the big bed. He said something about tummy time and training my neck muscle. I did :

A. Cry a lot to show I’m not comfortable in new environments.
B. Move a lot to find good position to rest in this new place.
C. Pee to show dominance and mark territory. 
D. This is not multiple choice question. It’s the list of the things I’ve done.

Adeline, 1¼mth old, tummy time participant.