When Reuel began speaking, my sister wondered why he sounded strange. We then realize it was because he had a slightly monotonous way of talking. Now he has his injections of tone when trying to express vocally but I feel that it’s just his personality.

He was always observant–even as a baby. He would sit quietly and look, absorbing his surroundings. Sometimes he has this poker or deadpan face when talking. Like sometimes I’ll ask him: “Reuel, did you have fun at Grandma’s today?” “Yes,” he would reply me in a flat voice

As I picked him up from school this week, Mrs Yang (the school admin), mistook Reuel for Zayden and she was telling me how he tugged at his name tag and told her, “See? My name is here! It’s not Zayden!”

He is so much like me–not a morning person. He doesn’t jump out of bed like Zayden, all hyped up for school. Instead, he will mumble that he’s tired and would much rather prefer to head back to bed. I would usually wake the boys between 6.40 to 7.00 in the morning and make their breakfast drink of milk and Milo. After two weeks of school and early risings, he came into my room at 6.45 a.m. and before he could speak, I whispered that he shouldn’t talk so loudly lest he wakes Kaien. He said softly, “Mommy, I want my Milo.”

I sleepily brought him back to bed and told him to head back to bed since it was a Saturday

Anyway, I wanted to write this post because what happened at breakfast made me laugh out loud.

Reuel (spots the gems on MIL): Ah Ma! What is that?
MIL: Diamonds.
Reuel: Why you wear diamonds?
MIL: Ah Ma likes diamonds.
Reuel: Why you like diamonds?
MIL: I like diamonds. Do you like diamonds?
Reuel: No. I like circle.

(If you still don’t get it, feel free to ask )

I have NO IDEA why Zayden likes to say anything that relates with the bottom–backside, poot, poop, da bian (passing motion in Chinese) are some examples. Of course, Reuel will follow his big brother in learning all the wrong things and have been saying the above words more often than I would like them to And they both like to giggle over those words like it’s the funniest thing on earth. (Is it a boys’ thing? )

Kaien is a funny baby (I know he’s a toddler now but he’s still the baby of the family ) and expert at picking up two syllable words. His first word was flower and was followed by thank you. We tried teaching him to say light, fan and please but he rather say cupcake, apple and nana (banana).

Anyway, MIL was bathing the boys last night when Zayden yelled out, “Backside!”

No points for guessing what happened next.

“Backside!” Kaien echoed