I wish I’d had a recording device handy this morning as I wandered in on the microbe dancing around the kitchen and singing
Hey, I just met you
And this is craaaaaazy!
But here’s my number
Call me, maybe!
Thanks to ‘Sing‘, Carly Rae Jepsen has been added to Echo’s repertoire, alongside Katy Perry, Shakira and the Good Queen Gaga. I also overheard him on the loo the other day, singing “You mah butterflah, sugar baby” in his best R&B voice.
Because our speakers are hooked up to everything in the kitchen, the boy has worked out that he only has to issue a voice command to Echo and the sound track to CBeebies is instantly replaced by banging choons of his choice. Hence this morning G walked into the kitchen to find Mrs Goggins from Postman Pat holding a teapot and apparently singing “Rah Rah Ro-Ma-Maaaa!” ….after which the entire cast of the Furchester Hotel belted out Rammstein’s Amerika.
(Hubble didn’t seem to mind.)
The girlbot has reached that stage of toddler mumbo jumbo that’s so full of verbal tics, only her parents have the faintest idea what she’s on about. The boy is still known as “Jay“, dress is “Jreh“, bowl is “bo“, all drinks are “Jew“, except for “mil“, and please is “preeeeee“. For reasons unknown to me, spoon is “for” and elephant is “achoo” and nothing will convince her otherwise.
Sentences are usually along the lines of “Mummy, Peppa on, preeeee?” or the angelic cry of “Bye bye, Bo!“, as she waves at the half-full bowl of cornflakes she just hurled at a nearby wall. (Why, yes, I do drink,)
My favourite is when I’m in a cafe and my little Aryan baby starts waving at the world and calling “bye bye Jew!” It’s on a par with Jimmy at a similar age, running around a food hall in York shouting “FORK! FORK!” at old ladies. (You can’t get away with that in Yorkshire).
Luckily the boy’s conversation starters have improved a bit since then, though he likes to save the most interesting ones for the most inconvenient times. E.g.
“It’s time for sleep now. Night night, lovely“. (tiptoes to door)
“If you went back in time, would everything happen the same way as it did before?”
“Er… well, that’s a very good question” (returns for long haul discussion)
“Right, I’m off to work. Bye bye, be good!”
“I was wondering…”
“Be quick! I’ll miss my train”
“What would the world be like if nothing ever died?”
“Er, very crowded! Bye bye!!”
“No, mummy. I mean if nothing died and no animals were carnivores”
“Er… can we talk about this later?”
Groan. I still haven’t found a convenient chance to bring that one back up. The trouble with waking hours is that there is Minecraft to be played (aka Microbe New Obsession #101). I have no idea whether this is just flavour of the week or whether he’s in it for the long haul. I suppose only time will tell but I am not ruling out making him one of these at some point. We all have habits to feed, after all.
Now excuse me while I slip into a near-coma caused by my horrible offspring, one of whom woke me at 5am to ask if he could have his iPad while the other one sat beside my head for 30 mins before my alarm was due to go off, opening my eyelids forcibly with her finger and saying:
“Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?”
“Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?” “Mummy?”
…until I responded with more than a grunt. At which point she said “MUMMY!!”