Yuri is a handful.
There, I said it.
I was so happy when we got out of the so-called Terrible Two’s stage unscathed. He was always a well-behaved child who was normally active and only seldom threw tantrums.
I was wrong. The real challenge is when your child turns three.
Don’t get me wrong; Yuri still has a mostly happy disposition and could very well behave when needed. However, at this age, he’s also beginning to have a stronger personality and know the fine art of manipulating adults. He still isn’t into throwing tantrums – I guess that goes with the fact that I either ignore him or laugh at him when he attempts to – but can pretend-cry to see if he can get what he wants.
But despite these, I love many things about this age. One of these things is the funny things kids say. Yuri has his own share of funny anecdotes! Here are the funny stuff he recently did:
One day, I heard a soft crash – clearly, something fell (or was dropped) in the bedroom nearby. As expected, Yuri came running to me and said,
Nahulog ko alligator mo.
Me: Anong alligator?
Yuri: Yung alligator na gamit mo.
I was confused and kept asking him what that alligator was until he showed me what he meant:
I’ve been informally teaching Yuri phonics for a couple of weeks now. We’re focusing on M and S, but he occasionally asks for the sounds of other letters so I teach him. One night, I heard him say to himself:
S-s-snake. M-m-monkey. D-d-dog. P-p-poop.
I just bought a new laptop around 2 weeks ago, and, like any other laptop owner, I customised it to my heart’s content. This includes choosing a picture for my wallpaper. I chose a scenic picture from one of our travels, but I noticed Yuri pouting and getting teary-eyed when he saw it. He said,
Bakit hindi ako ang picture sa laptop?
So I changed it to his picture.
Impatient Teacher Yuri
I’m amazed at the number of cars’ names that Yuri knows. I think I only know a handful, while my 3-year old easily gobbles up car names and car parts when he hears them. Car-related terms must comprise 60% of his vocabulary.
Anyway, one day, he built a new kind of car using his Mega Bloks. He showed it to me and said something like, kebokah.
Me: Kebokah? Carbon car?
Yuri: No! Kebokah!
Me: Kirby car?
Finally, my little teacher got fed up with my slow-ness, looked me in the eye, and said:
Kebokah! KAH-BOL Car!
He said “Kah” with a short a sound, but I tried to spell what he meant to say in my head. Ah. Cable car. Sorry naman.
Fake Doctor Yuri
Yuri went with me when I had my eye allergy checked. While the ophthalmologist prescribed effective drugs and drops to cure the allergy, she could not – of course – determine the cause of the allergy.
Doctor: Yung allergy mo, most probably, galing sa pagkain like shrimp or chicken.
Then Yuri butt in:
Hindi sa shrimp, sa alikabok.
Had I known my 3-year old could dispense medical advice, I should have stayed home and avoided spending money that day.
Love & Hate
Just the other day, Yuri’s iya (lola) was playing with him and asking him questions.
Iya: Do you love iya?
Iya: Do you love yayu (lolo)?
(pointing at Yuri’s undies) Iya: Do you love your potato (pee-pee)?
Yuri: Kasi palagi syang ihi.