Monster Mommy Tales

You look like a wet monster
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As I was washing my face to remove makeup:

Bambi: You look like a wet monster Amma!

Me: A wet monster? What’s that?

Bambi: It means a monster. When she is wet!

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As I was oiling my hair:

Bambi: Why are you putting perfume on your head?

Me: It’s hair oil, not perfume.

Bambi: Why are you putting hair oil on your head?

Me: So that I can have long and healthy hair.

Bambi: I want long hair! Can I have some hair oil too, pleeeeeease?

Me: *applies some oil to Bambi’s hair*

Bambi: Will my brain grow now?

Me: No, no, Not brain, your hair.

Bambi: *pointing to her scalp* Look at my brain.

Me: *pointing to my scalp* look that’s my hair not brain.

Bambi: Maybe you don’t have a brain then!

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As I was trying to reverse the car into our drive way and struggled a bit at that:

Bambi: Daddies are good at parking car.

Me:  *silence*

Bambi: Mummies are not so good at parking car.

Me: *silence*

Bambi: Parking car is Anna’s (dad’s) talent.

Me: *silence*

Bambi: You need to take some parking lessons.

Me: ok

Bambi: I can ask Anna to teach you to park the car properly.

Me: Look I just parked the car! I don’t need parking lessons anymore, do I?

Bambi: Yes, you do. Because you are still not good at it!

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Thanks,kid! I still love you!

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Joy of gardening and few happy moments

Happy Moments

On Monday evening Bambi brought home a tiny pot of cress seeds that she had planted at the school that day. Now, I have never been a keen gardener but this tiny pot has brought so much joy to me this week that I have been feeding, nurturing and loving this plant with as much excitement as Bambi. We have been checking the plant together first thing in the mornings and in the evenings as soon as we return home. I never imagined gardening could bring so much joy. Not just a fun activity to do with Bambi but this mini gardening activity has also given me an opportunity to learn the beauty of nature, appreciate life and sustenance and an overall feeling of accomplishment. I have been in high spirits all of this week.

Then there were few other things that also brought lots of happiness:

  • We had been to one of Bambi’s friends’ birthday party. We were late to the party but as soon as we reached the party, a group of kids who were all very delighted to see Bambi came running to us and took Bambi by hand to involve her in their games. Since many days Bambi had been saying that she has ‘many’ best friends and during the party I realized it was true. Bambi played with all the kids at the party. It was a lovely sight and a great feeling to know Bambi is loved so much by all her friends.
  • At the party I met one of Bambi’s friends’ Dad whom I have seen at the school several times before but had never had the opportunity to speak. During our conversation he mentioned he thought of Bambi as a very special child who is loving and caring and always happy and full of energy. He also added that he admired the beautiful bond that Bambi and I share! This has got to be the greatest compliment ever and I shall remember this for a long long time. I am so so happy to hear this and I hope that Bambi is always  happy and our bond continues to grow deeper and becomes more special in the days to come.
  • Bambi finally learnt to push her bike this week ! Yay ! This is a great achievement considering how long Bambi has taken to learn to push the pedals and get going. Until few weeks ago she was pushing the pedal backwards which meant the bike wasn’t going anywhere. So you can see how happy I am, now that Bambi can ride her bike. On Tuesday evening she rode the bike from home to park and back. It was a pleasure to run alongside Bambi as she was cycling and humming rhymes.
  • Also, this week Bambi finally began to eat all her meals by herself without us feeding her like a baby. We had been getting Bambi to do this for a while now but we had not had any luck so far as Bambi used to either leave the dining table and go off to play or just play with the food and cutlery and eat nothing at all. As a result we used to feed her like a baby and this used to be very time consuming and meal times were nothing less than patience tests. So I couldn’t be happier when Bambi agreed to eat by herself Phew!
  • On Friday evening we went to Bambi’s best friend’s house after work. Two other kids from Bambi’s school also came there with their parents. Kids played with each other very well and had a great time and grown-ups also had a great time chatting away. It was a perfect way to end a busy week and start the weekend.

Overall it has been a great week. During the weekend we planted few more seeds and this gardening activity has reminded me of the time when I was about 6-7 years old and as part of a project in school we had to plant some seeds ( Moong beans: Green Gram) and learn about sprouts. But I don’t really recall a whole lot about this activity and that’s why doing it all over again with Bambi makes me so happy, because in certain ways, I am reliving my own childhood.

A Real phone and A cup for kitten and Mummy’s big tummy

Conversation with Bambi
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Can I have a phone? A cup for kitten. Can you eat less?

Bambi: Amma, can I have a phone please? Not a toy phone. A real phone, MY phone.

Me: Of course you can, but when you grow up.

Bambi: I am a grown-up already!

Me: You need to be as old as Amy (our neighbor) to have a phone.

Bambi: I am as old as Amy, aren’t I?

Me:  I meant you need to be in SECONDARY school.

Bambi: But I am in THIRDARY school! I need a phone. A REAL phone!

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As I hand out Bambi’s homework sheet to her which has three words: Kitten, Cup, Pan and the respective pictures. Task is to write the word corresponding to the picture in the blank space next to the picture.

Me: Here you go, write neatly ok?

Bambi: Ok, I am very good at writing neatly!

After few minutes I see Bambi has written the words cup and pan appropriately next to the corresponding pictures but next to the kitten’ picture she has written cup.

Me: Can we read aloud what you have written?

Bambi (pointing to the pictures): Cup, Pan and …. (a brief pause as she looks at the word cup next to kitten)

Me: uh..oh, What happened there? 

Bambi: That’s a Cup. A cup for the kitten to drink milk!

I like the quick thinking!

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Bambi (pointing to my belly): Is there a baby in your tummy?

Me: No, there isn’t!

Bambi: Then why is it growing bigger and bigger?

Me: *Silence*

Bambi (touching my belly): I think there is a baby in there.

Me: That’s perhaps Pizza and cakes. 

Bambi: Did you eat lots of it?

Me: Yea…h kind of. 

Bambi: Can you eat less? There is no space in there for my brother and sister.

Ok, ok I get it. It’s high time I did something to reduce.

 

The Good Bunny Who Never Gives Up

 

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A Good Bunny Never Gives Up

A while ago, one evening Bambi was playing with Preeth’s glasses. Just few days prior to that she had been playing with another set of glasses when they slipped off her hands and fell down to the ground and broke into pieces. I didn’t want this happening again.  So I politely asked Bambi to keep the glasses back but Bambi didn’t listen. I repeated myself couple more times but Bambi just wouldn’t listen.  Then I decided to go up to her and take the glasses from her hands when she started running around the house with the glasses and I began to chase her. Finally, when I got hold of Bambi she held on very tightly to the glasses refusing to give them to me and as I tried to loosen her fist she said, “A good bunny never gives up!” I was beyond impressed to hear that and I let my cheeky bunny play with the glasses with a word of caution to not to drop it down again.

At the time I didn’t realise that Bambi had picked up this line from the cartoon Peter Rabbit whose signature words are “A good rabbit never gives up”. Still, I think the fact that Bambi had used this line appropriately is very impressive!

Today was one such day when my good bunny did not want to give up on something that she had decided she was going to do:  As I picked her up from school, Bambi said she wanted to make chocolate brownies as soon as we get home.  I agreed to make them over the coming weekend but Bambi had made up her mind that the brownies would have to be baked today and so no amount of cajoling was helping to distract her.

There was no way I was going to bake Brownies on a weekday and upset our routine. We didn’t have all the required ingredients either. So I kept dismissing the idea of baking and Bambi kept insisting that we baked them today.  She even had a big meltdown and ultimately I decided to give in.  Soon we were off to the nearby store to buy cooking chocolate and caster sugar. On our way to the shop, a happy Bambi said, “I am sorry Mummy. I wasn’t understanding what you were saying. But a good bunny never gives up! Are you sorry too? ”.  🙂 🙂

The next hour and a bit we spent melting the chocolate and butter and mixing all the ingredients and clicking few pictures. As the brownie was baking, I quickly fed Bambi her dinner and also gave her a shower. Then she sat on the rocking chair in the living room watching TV while the brownie was cooling down.  After few minutes as the brownies cooled down, I went to the living room to tell Bambi that the brownies were ready to tuck into,but my good bunny was fast asleep on the rocking chair…..ZZzzzzz…uh..oh..

As I write this post, I can’t help but think of all the pending household chores, no packed lunch for tomorrow and a missed bedtime routine.  But of course the sight and smell of the chocolate brownies baked by my “good bunny, who never gives up” brings a huge smile on my face 🙂 !

Yack..Yack..Yack…

This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter Y, I am choosing Yack..Yack..Yack…

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A to Z Challenge April 2016:  Y  for Yack..Yack..Yack..

On our way to School this morning which is about 15 minutes’ drive:

Ooh…I cannot see the designs on my shoes today? I cannot see that little boy on the road. I cannot see these yellow flowers on my top. I think we should go to an Optician. I think I need glasses. Powerful glasses just like what Tom (friend) wears. He could not see things so his Mummy and Daddy took him to opticians and his optician gave him a powerful glass. I need one like that. Not sun glasses. I want powerful glasses like Tom’s.  Tom is very nice to me. I think I’ll marry him one day! Why do Mummies and Daddies marry? Amma were you and Anna friends when you were little? Was Anna wearing glasses when he was little? I need glasses, powerful glasses like Anna and Tom. Amma you are fat, too fat. Amma what will you be when you grow up? You can be a garden look afterer. Can I take this book (pointing at a book in the car about human body) to school today? It has everything about our body. It starts with skin. Skin is like coat. Ooh..this is called muscle. Muscle is like muscle. These are called bones. We have 67 bones in the body.12 in the head and 67 everywhere. Without bone body is like jelly. Blood is red in color. I know all about blood. Blood flows like water. Heart is inside the body. It beats all the time. I can draw a heart. Brain is also inside the body. Brain is needed to fix everything. We breathe all the time so that we get energy and we can blow candles on birthdays. We need to eat healthy food to get energy. Healthy food includes lots of vegetables and sausages. I eat chocolates sometime. Chocolate is also healthy but not all the time. Only when you eat them they are healthy. Bones can make a skeleton. I don’t like skeleton. The end. I will show this book to my friends. I know all about our body now. Do you know we have 16 bones? If we eat healthy food we will grow up. I eat healthy food now I am a grown up. Dogs don’t have bones. Because bone is their food. This book tells all about what is inside my body but this is not an X ray. X ray is not a book. It is an X ray. Look..there is Lucy and her Mummy. Lucy’s brother too. He can walk now. I will show Lucy my book. I will read it with her. Can we go to opticians in the evening? I can’t see my school. I need glasses. Powerful glasses.”.

And then we arrived at the school!

 

Upside Down

This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter U, I am choosing Upside Down.

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A to Z Challenge April 2016:  U for Upside Down

One evening when Bambi was about two years old,I saw her reading a book by herself. It was a board book about Micky the monkey who wished he was different. Bambi was reading aloud the story and pointing to the pictures and enjoying it. As I went closer I realised that Bambi had held the book upside down. I was surprised that she hadn’t figured that out already especially as this was a book that we had read several times before. As I didn’t want to interrupt, I let her carry on with the upside down book. Towards the end of the book there is a page where Micky is hanging from a tree with his tail (as in picture above). As Bambi opened that page and saw the picture, she paused for a second as she realised that she had been reading the book upside down. It was interesting to see what she did next. Instead of simply turning the book to correct its position, Bambi took herself to other side of the book ! :-). She then continued to read, ‘after all it’s not bad being different ‘(that’s how the story goes at the point coincidentally!). I just stood there wondering : Would it not have been simpler to just turn the book? I didn’t know what to say but when Preeth heard this he said its called ‘thinking out of the box’; and it’s indeed not bad being different!

Fast forward a couple of years…last year Bambi wrote (narrated actually) a story; A story about an upside down forest.


THE UPSIDE DOWN FOREST

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Idea Courtesy: Internet (The crocodile was enjoying warm sunshine. The Bird said …?)

Narrated by:  The Little Author ( Bambi).

Written by:   Mum (Yours Truly) just as narrated.

One day the Crocodile was lying upside down and enjoying the sunshine. The Little bird said, “It’s a lovely day with good sunshine. I want to join you.”

The crocodile said, “of, course you can Bird! “.

The Crocodile didn’t eat the bird. The bird tumbled over and then turned upside down.

They played games together and they were best friends forever.

Crocodile’s Mommy came.  She said, ” Time to play with the rabbit now.  Don’t forget to take your friend bird with you!”.

Rabbit also went upside down. They all went upside down actually.

A frog came there. “Ribbit, ribbit, Can I join your game? It looks such fun.  Is there room on the grass for a frog like me?”

“Yes, you can”. Said the crocodile.

Then all the Mommies and Daddies came. “Can we join too?” They asked.

“Of course, you can!” Said the Crocodile and his friends.

“Thank you!”  Said all Mommies and Daddies.

They all went upside down. Soon whole forest was upside down.

The end.


From nearly turning herself upside down to correct a book that she had been reading upside down, to writing a story about an upside down forest, I think Bambi has done well. Don’t you agree?

Questions

This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter Q, I am choosing Questions.
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A to Z Challenge April 2016:  Q for Questions

 

When I think of letter Q the first thing that comes to my mind is Questions. And talking of Questions, all I can think of is Bambi’s constant questioning. Both Preeth and I see it as positive part of Bambi’s growth and we always welcome her questions. Every response we give is followed up with another question. These days instead of answering her questions straight away, we turn it around on her – ‘what do you think?’ so as to encourage her to analyse and think. It is very interesting to note the type of questions she asks and the innocent answers that she comes up with. Here are some of my favourite Bambi’s Questions and Answers:

Did you know Amma Ants don’t have Mommies and Daddies?

Me: Do they not? Why do you think so?

Bambi: Because ants are always babies. They never grow up. There are no grown up Ants, only baby ants everywhere.

 

Why do Ant’s always march in a line?

Me: Why? Can you tell me?

Bambi: Because they like to follow their leader. Their leader walks in the front and they all follow the leader ant.

 

Why are tortoises very shy all the time?

Me: Are they? Why do you think so?

Bambi: Because they live in a shell.

 

Why did Daddy marry you in the whole wide world?

Me: I think because he liked me

Bambi: Why did he like you?

Me: Because I think I was nice!

Bambi: But why did he marry you?

Me: Let’s ask Daddy when he gets home.

Bambi: ok, But why did he marry you?

 

Why do birds not have teeth?

Me: Do they not have teeth?

Bambi: NO, they don’t. They just have beaks.

Me: oh I See. But why do they not have any teeth?

Bambi: Because there are only boy and girl dentists to look after teeth. No bird dentists.  

 

What did I do when I was inside your tummy?

Me: You ate, slept, Swam and kicked me.

Bambi: Was there a dining table in your tummy? And football? Was there a swimming pool too? Did I sleep in a cot in your tummy? Who were my friends when I was inside your tummy?

 

Why are you my Mummy?

Me: Hmm… Do you know why?

Bambi: Because I asked God for you to be my Mummy. 

 

Why does Daddy wear glasses?

Me: Because he can’t see far away objects clearly.

Bambi: No, you are wrong.

Me: Why else would Daddy wear glasses?

Bambi: Because he is clever!

 

Did Grandma win the ‘chatterbox’ competition?

Me: Why do you think so?

Bambi: Because she is a chatterbox.

 

 Do you know what ‘Guggu Guggu’ means in baby language?

Me: no, I don’t. Perhaps you can tell me?

Bambi:  It means can I have a chocolate cake now!


Are Cows and Goats best friends; Do they play together?

Me: May be. Why do you think they might be friends?

Bambi: Because they both give milk.

 

I don’t think cats eat mouse. Do you think so too Amma?

Me: Do they not? But why do you think so?

Bambi: Because Tom never eats Jerry. Every day they play together in our TV.  

 

Why do squirrels always fight for nuts?

Me: Why? You can tell me.

Bambi: Because I think they don’t know how to share.

 

These are few of Bambi’s questions and answers that I can remember off the top of my head. I want to visit these questions in the future when I will be wishing for these days when Bambi thinks I have all the answers in the world. So yes, Bambi keep them coming, those curious questions.