One of the things that I looked forward to about motherhood is all of the funny things I was sure Nathaniel would start saying and doing when he began talking. Did you read what he did when he saw a photo of a pair of gold Jimmy Choos? Let me tell you…this kid doesn’t disappoint.
Drew takes Nathaniel to day care in the morning and I pick him up in the afternoon. Last week we were going on our weekly breakfast date, so I went with Drew to drop Nathaniel off. As we were walking out of the classroom, I heard one of his teachers say, “Nathaniel, do you want to sit down for breakfast?” This was shortly followed up with, “No, Nathaniel. We’re not going to eat worms.”
Have I told you that some of Nathaniel’s favorite sleeping buddies are actually cooking utensils for kids? Yep. He loves to wash and sleep with “Pink Guy” and “Purple Guy.” Most things are “guys” these days.
He loves pretending like Pink Guy and Purple Guy are walking to the Lenin statue (one of Nathaniel’s favorite things in Fremont). This is what Nathaniel’s face looks like when he looks up at it.
He also has a love/fear relationship with “Running Guy” and “Bat Guy” (oftentimes called “Back Guy”).
This 1937 Guinness ad was hanging in a restaurant bathroom of a pizza place (that we didn’t end up eating at) when we visited Portland on Mother’s Day. Drew took Nathaniel in to change his diaper and Nathaniel took one look at it and freaked out. He was so afraid of it that we couldn’t even change him in there.
Now Nathaniel gets excited about Running Guy and likes to share this story with his friends, as well as random strangers on the street. “Running Guy! Running Guy! Poo poo! Poo poo! Pizza! Pizza!” Sometimes he even says goodnight to Running Guy when we’re saying goodnight to the things in his room.
Here is a photo from October before Nathaniel was afraid of “Bat Guy”/”Back Guy.” He thought this was the coolest thing back then. When we took him back to the restaurant when he was a little older, he indicated that he actually wanted to ride in the batmobile. We fed it quarters and this “vintage” ride started shaking like a small earthquake. Nathaniel wanted OUT.
When we went back to Luna Park Cafe recently, I thought he’d be happy to see “Back Man” since he’d added that story to the list of those he likes to tell everyone. We went inside the restaurant and he backed away from Back Man. We sat outside instead.
He does like to sing the Batman theme song though.
Nathaniel used to be afraid of riding escalators and elevators, but now he’s an old pro. I never thought I’d actually go somewhere just for my child to ride on escalators, but I’m here to tell you that it happens. It makes him super happy, and sometimes when he finishes a ride he’ll exclaim, “I did it!” Escalators and elevators are other topics that he likes to share with people that we pass on the sidewalk.
The kid loves his sweets, proving once again that he’s definitely our child. He asks for frozen yogurt all of the time. “What do you want to do today, Nathaniel?” “Frozen yogurt.” “But what do you want to DO today?” “Frozen yogurt.” (Again, our child.)
He loves “black” cupcakes. He would love to have cookies for breakfast, but he’s good with cereal (pronounced yah-yo) or oatmeal.
I love how he tries for the upgrade when we give him dessert. “Nathaniel, do you want a cookie?” “Yeah!” Then after he gets the cookie into his pudgy little hands, he looks up at me and says, “Cupcake? Black cupcake?”
I almost want to bake him one myself. :)
Do you have any funny stories to share from when your kids first started talking? I’d love to hear them! xo