The Verbal Toddler

January 2nd, 2017 by juznuts

It’s fun to see toddlers actually start holding conversations with you that show that actual thought is involved. 

And it also makes us mindful of what we say around him and how we react to different situations as he tends to mirror us when he talks. We usually ask him to “see my mouth” when he mispronounces  new words, and on occasions he likewise tells us to do the same thing!

Just today alone, these happened. 

Gong gong was asking Uncle to hurry up, and decided to carry D up with him to hasten the process. Grandma told D not to go up if not he’ll have to come down again, to which he replied, “Don’t worry Nana, it’s okay”. 

Later that afternoon, he was trying to give Grandpa instructions on what to do outside. It involves cutting the branches of our tree. Lol. 

The funniest one has to be the incident involving peanuts. My mum forgot to buy chopped peanuts for her popiah party that evening, and was going around saying “I forgot peanuts! We don’t have peanut! Lemme call X and see if she has peanut!” And then she walked into her room. D ran after her shouting “Nana don’t call! Peanut (our dog) is outside! Peanut is here!” I guess that’s what we get for naming our dog after a food item. 

7 more weeks till N arrives. D has shown to be a pretty good big brother so far to his cousin, being gentle with her, and actually being interested in seeing her. Hopefully he will accept his role as big brother to N without too much jealousy or fussing. 

Not sure how being a mum of 2 will be like. I’m going to miss being a mum of 1, but at the same time look forward to more adventures as a mum of 2. 

Toddler ramblings

November 14th, 2016 by juznuts

Recently, my little toddler has taken to having long conversations on the phone, while pacing up and down the dining room. It’s mostly gibberish though, but it’s cute cause he’s actually imitating his grandma. 

His vocal vocab has gotten a lot more extensive, and it’s cute to see him practicing words on his own when he wakes up in the morning. He repeats words, including words introduced to him the day before, in that cute little voice of his. One of them was “sock shoe” as his attipas shoes are actually a sock-shoe hybrid. 

It’s amazing how kids pick up language without formal lessons. I’m thinking repeating words is part of the language learning process!


Toddler Musings

November 14th, 2016 by juznuts

Today …

S: Do you want me to teach you how to read?

D: Yes. 

S: The fire station is open. Say after me.

D: After me. 



Last week …

Me: Are you a boy or a girl?

D: Boy. 

Me: Is daddy a boy or a girl? Daddy is a?

D: … Daddy

Me: Then how about mummy? Mummy is a?

D: Mummy. 



Some time back … 

S: Do you love mummy?

D: Yes. 

S: Do you love daddy 

D: No … 

S: Why?

D: Because Daddy is so … Daddy. 



July 1st, 2016 by juznuts

When my toddler wakes up, he doesn’t linger in bed or snooze saying “5 minutes more” – when he’s up, he’s up because he’s looking forward to play. 

If u dread getting out of bed, it’s most probably because you dread what’s ahead in the day. Maybe then it’s time for a reflection. 

When we reach the stage where we are happy to jump out of bed each morning, perhaps then we’ve found our dream thing. 


June 24th, 2016 by juznuts

Wow, I’m watching History in the making – looks like the divorce is really happening. It’s not a unanimous one though. They would leave, but as a country divided, hopefully just temporarily.

If it were Singapore we would probably remain as status quo.

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Separately, also my first day back at work after 2 week break. Exciting times.


It happened. Britain votes to leave the European Union.

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Call of the Wild

May 14th, 2016 by juznuts

I think I scarred my almost 2yr old toddler a tact bit today – I let him witness a lizard hunting a giant flying ant. 

Before this, a lizard to him was just this thing that scrambled across walls and made really loud noises. 

Now, as he was sitting on my lap a bit afraid to move, a lizard is the thing that “umm the ant”. 


Neighbors 2

March 2nd, 2016 by juznuts

Today I met one of my elderly neighbors on the way to school. She told us the names of her neighbors dogs, the 3 dogs we say hi to every morning – coco, toffee and oreo. Then she also said she had 8 (I think) grandkids – the oldest is 16 and the youngest 5!


January 6th, 2016 by juznuts

I’ve lived in this estate since I was 7 years old, but I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t really know many of my neighbours.

Here are some I know:

Our immediate neighbours: an old lady who loves cats, and lives with her single daughter.

Our opposite neighbour owns a light shop. My mum knows her as Mrs P, but not what her real name is.

Next to our opposite neighbour is someone who goes to the same country club as my parents do, and they play golf occasionally. They own a few greyhounds which they walk daily (with a cane)!

I’ve come to know some new neighbours recently. I don’t know their names though, and the reason I know them is because I walk past their houses every morning while sending D to his play school down the road.

There’s the botak gynae who always seems to be home. He has 3 dogs which D will excitedly say ‘woof woof’ when we walk past. He also has a grandkid who goes to the same school.

Then there’s another old lady with curly hair with 2 grandkids – a girl and a younger boy. She and her helper brings the 2 kids for walks in the park quite regularly, and my mum knows her too because they’ve met a few times while she brought Daniel out for a walk too. She’s usually gardening when we walk past.

There was once she was talking to the neighbour opposite, another old lady with short hair, with a yard big enough to have a badminton court!

A couple of doors down, there is this house whose door is always half opened, but the driveway is always empty – no shoes or other barang barang at all. I always thought the house was empty and that the doors and windows are half open to air the house. But hey, one day I saw an old lady walking in the front yard! Another day, I saw her dog, with a slipper in his mouth.

Just before his school, there is a house where an indian elderly couple usually sit out front on their porch in the mornings to drink their coffee and read the papers. Every morning they will wave to D, and D will wave back happily. On days they aren’t out, he wonders where they are. They too have a grandkid going to the same school.

And so in the span of 1 short month, I’ve come to know more neighbours then in the 20 odd years I’ve lived here. All because of a little boy. Amazing huh?

(Yes I’m not a very engaged neighbour :p)