I meant to explain yesterday that Truckee Man is the driver of one of his three Christmas dump trucks. He was in the bath a few days ago and started insisting “man, man, man”. When I didn’t immediately figure out what he was asking for and produce it immediately, he clarified with “truckee. man. truckee man.” Apparently he could see the dump truck across the room and felt that the driver needed a bath, too. Tractor Guy is the driver of one (or possibly both) of his little aggressively branded John Deere tractors which permanently live in our front windows. I’m not sure why one is a man and one is a guy.
We’ve actually seen several phrases and longer words recently. My favorite request is for “Hot tea! Hot tea!”, by which he means a spoonful of honey dissolved in some warm water. I’ve been giving him this to help with his cough. I’m not sure how much it does for the cough, which is persistently lingering, but it definitely makes him happy. Plus he knows I’m a big sucker and will almost always give him some. Our conversation in the bath tonight went like this.
Nathan – Hot tea! Hot tea! Hot tea!
me – Do you want hot tea?
Nathan (excited) – Yeah! Yeah! Hot tea!
me – Well, I don’t know….
Nathan (getting upset) – Ok ok ok ok! Hot tea! Hot tea?
me (bringing the tea) – Ok, here’s your tea.
Nathan (huge grin) – Yeah!
How can I say no to that? I also love that he says “yes” now. Sometimes it’s actually “yes”, but usually is “yeah!”, said with great enthusiasm. He did start saying “Ok” a while back, but he almost uses it as “Ok ok ok ok ok ok ok”, meaning either “stop doing that thing I don’t want you to do” or “give me that thing you don’t want to give me”. Yeah, on the other hand, means yeah. It also makes reading even more fun. At exciting moments he’ll say “yeah” or “wow”, which we’ve also been seeing a lot of.
The most charming is definitely “I like”, which he uses all the time now. When we went outside after the big storm last week and I demonstrated splashing through a puddle, he very carefully followed where I’d gone, then looked up and announced “I like!” He’s also constantly bringing me books and handing them to me saying either “Read!” or “I like!” He’s really rediscovering a lot of his books since Leigh just put up the super-DIY rain gutter bookshelves in the living room. We’d had his little books in a box, but they tended to get lost in the bottom, and this allows them to be displayed with the covers out. He’s been especially excited to find all his Babybugs.
Of course, the process of putting these required the use of his other favorite phrase “power drill”, which comes out more like “pow-ah dwill”. Usage: “Wuk (work)! Wuk! Pow-ah dwill!” I have got to find him a toy tool set. The hinge on one of our kitchen cabinets broke, and he kept poking at it today and saying “Bwoke! Bwoke! Pow-ah dwill. Pow-ah dwill,” and I had to keep agreeing that yes, it was broken, and yes, we could fix it with the power drill once we got a new hinge. So that will be one of my errands tomorrow during Jon’s home-early day. And I’m positive that if I tell him I’m going to go out to get an hinge to fix the cabinet, he’ll ask me for pow-ah dwill within 5 minutes after I walk in the door.
There’s nothing wrong with his memory, that’s for sure. During the storm we lost power, along with a million other people in California. This was not a big deal except that the outage occurred right in the middle of Twenty Trucks. So the entire rest of the morning was spent discussing that the power was broken, and workers were going to fix it, but in the meantime I couldn’t turn Twenty Trucks back on. And he’d listen carefully, go do something else for a bit, and then go back over to the TV and ask, “Twe-ty?” As part of my spiel, I assured him that when we had power again, he could finish watching Twenty Trucks. That settled, we had lunch in the dark and I put him down for a nap. When he woke up, the first thing he said when I walked in the door was “HI!” and the second was “Twe-ty?”
I’m also delighted to report that our little vacation experiment was a complete success. Jon and I had a great time, and since Leigh and I got our cool new camera phones she was able to send me pictures of all the fun things they were doing. Nathan was slightly stand-offish with me right after we returned and he completely melted down when I went to put him down for nap, but it didn’t take him too long to decide he wasn’t that mad at me, after all.