Most Popular Posts

Monday, September 16, 2013

Conversations with a three-year-old

Three years old is a funny age. On the one hand, Toby seems really grown up, and we'll chatter away about everything from violins to Indian food. Sometimes I almost forget that he's not a fellow 34-year-old. But then he'll bust out something crazy and childlike and I'll remember how little he really is. I love the magical thinking at this age. For example...

“You and Daddy go somewhere tonight?”
“We’re going to our friend’s house.”
“What’s your friend’s name?”
“His name is Scott.”
“Is he a man, a lady or a monster?”

"When Anton gets bigger, you can teach him how to talk and walk."
"I will teach him how to ride a horse." (Ed. note: Toby does not know how to ride a horse.)

"Boys and glulls."

“Plobably."

Toby also has an imaginary friend named Dun Dun. He's always calling him on the phone or asking if we can meet Dun Dun at the playground. He takes their friendship very seriously. We ask him nosy questions about the mysterious Dun Dun, and so far we've deduced that Dun Dun is a three-year-old with a blue motorcycle...

"Where does Dun Dun live?"
"On the Upper West Side. Near San Francisco."

"Where you and Daddy go last night?"
"To a restaurant called Otto."
"Oh, yeah, I love that place." (Ed. note: He has never been.)
"Oh, really?"
"Me and Dun Dun go there."
"What do you guys eat?"
"Chicken and broccoli. And water."

"Me and Dun Dun are going to the park to meet our friends."
"Who are you meeting?"
"Boom Boom and La La."

"Is Dun Dun a boy or a girl?"
"Dun Dun’s my darling."
Toby, I love you, you little weirdo!

P.S. Toby in conversation as a two-year-old.

124 comments:

holtkamp said...

this is too funny! such a cutie!

Damaris // The cat, you and us said...

Hahaha laughing so much about "or a monster?" Toby is in a wonderful age! It was so funny I ran to read it to my husband :)

Kisses!

Mary said...

There's really nothing better in the world than a 3-year-old boy. My youngest turned 4 over the summer, and I will forever be nostalgic for those sweet 3-year-old days. Love!

Abbie said...

The Pre-K at the school where I work is full of 4 year olds who I am absolutely enthralled with. My favorite quote from one of them recently:

"You know, girls CAN have moustaches, but boys will NOT want to marry them if they do."

They're full of treasures, those little people ;)

princess butterfly said...

Those are such sweet tidbits. Mine is 2 1/2, and I love it when he smiles at me, and then says, "TICKLE ME PLEASE".

I am eating this time UP!

Michelle Ash Latham said...

Too cute! What a fun age :)

teeny said...

oh my goodness. all of these are just so priceless. what a treasure this will be to look back on!

(dun dun's my darling might take the cake though)

mylettchronicals

megan said...

These are such sweet conversations. My cousin has three little ones and documents all the funny things they say, what a treat to be able to look back at some of the innocence. My recent favourite was when she asked her daughter if she hit her baby brother and she replied 'yes i did. but i said sorry. aren't you proud of me mama?'... :)

Cosmic said...

What a adorable wee dude your first-born is!

X


Debs said...

I loved this entry.

Aja Lake | the gold hat. said...

On Sunday nights Ace and I share a bowl of ice cream. Last night I asked him if he'd like chocolate gelato or cookies and cream. He replied, "Cookies and dream, please." It's awesome being three! xx

Kiana said...

oh my good, so funny. I can't wait for the day when my baby boy says something like this. At 14 months old all he says is mamamamama (I suppose he means me, he just doesn't know to stop after two syllables). :)

Petya K. Grady said...

There is a short essay in Aleksandar Hemon's new momoir: The Book of My Lives, in which he talks about his older daughter's imaginary friend. His theory is that at age 3, a kid's vocabulary surpasses their life experiences. They have many words but nothing happens to them so they don't have any real experiences to attach the words to. They invent imaginary friends that allow them to tell stories and use their words. I am not a parent and I haven't read anything else about this, but it makes sense and is such a sweet explanation.

Lauren Knight said...

I loved reading this! My stars, is he a trip!

Sharon Silber Fischel said...

So fun. LOVE 3 year olds. My son had 4 imaginary friends: Shashi, Clo, Neemsel and Neems. No idea where the names came from. But they were always there! Now he is 10 (OMG, 10!) and he still remembers them.

Trina said...

Haha! "On the Upper West Side. Near San Francisco." Go, Toby! Three is such a great age.

fancyalterego said...

Upper West Side near San Francisco sounds great - I kinda wanna move there!

My 6-year old nephew, Kiel, will occasionally stop in mid-sentence to remind me that he loves me. He's been doing it since he could say "I love you," and as far as any of us knows, he only does that with his mother and me.

He also loves sitting on my lap, mostly because he says it helps him fart...which he does...quite a bit. I think he just likes me telling him the story about how the first time I held him as a baby, he let out this humungous fart and then the sweetest, content smile. I always tell him that's how I knew we would get along - we find the same things funny. :-)

myheartscontentblog.com said...

I love the restaurant one...he is so funny!!

I have a nearly-four year old and he is the funniest thing in the world. My current favourite word? 'Mummy, the water is over-floating'.

Erin said...

For awhile I was hearing: 'When I was small and we lived in South 'Merica.' (We've never been.)

'When I am big, I want to play titar [guitar] and sing on the radio. And play cello.' (I play cello, that's where the random orchestral instrument fits in!)

To my husband: 'Exercise is when you do a thing and then another thing, and then another thing, and Mummy can't do it all.' (In relation to watching me attempt various exercise DVDs I think.)

On properly understanding my father is dead, or 'not alive anymore' as my son says (it's been 12 years now): 'Wait, is Mémé [my mum] dead?' and when we pull up outside his other grandparents' house and their car isn't outside.. 'Maybe they're dead.' Ummmm...

And unendingly, girls are always grirls. It's too adorable.

Rachel Chesler said...

Love it! Reminds me of my little 4-year old guy Aiden. It's the best :)

Jesse said...

ahhhh i love how much he has to say! atticus is just starting to string words together, so he can tell me the important stuff like more pizza please:)

Michelle Panting said...

Oh my goodness, is there anyone sweeter than your little boy? So intelligent and imaginative!

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

bestof2sisters.com said...

Oh, I love this SO much. My son has an imaginary friend, called Habi. He started school recently, and came home stunned one day, full of disbelief, that there was a Habi in his class... ;)

Christy said...

I could not love this more! Dun Dun is an incredible name for an imaginary friend, and he has a seriously impressive backstory.

http://avoidingatrophy.com

kel said...

lovelove Toby's "daydreaming" pic!

Remember to capture all those delightful, heart-melting thoughts -- my "babies" are now teenagers and we still love to laugh and "aww" over them.

both of my daughter's had imaginary friends -- Miss Eller Sidewalk and Miss April Shampoe. :)

Reina said...

These are ADORABLE !!! Please share more! I love three year olds ;D

Giselle said...

i have been reading this blog for years and this was one of the most loveliest posts!

Aslyn Lapham said...

This was such a sweet post!

Cia Björkskog said...

I found your blog yesterday and you immidiately got my attention with the way you write. I am looking forward to follow you.

Take care,

Cia

Emmy M. said...

Dun Dun is his darling! That is too cute!

lessthanperfectmama.com said...

Delish! My daughter is 3 and I just love hanging out with her. The best is when she makes a joke and then rolls her eyes and says, "I'm just kidding." Pure delight.

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

I love this...things get even better with a 4 and 5 year old.
There are things I don't want to not hear from them anymore...like my four year old asking if she can sit 'benext' to me...melts my heart. Watching them grow up is awe inspiring and fills you with such joy and a smidge of sorrow.

goatsdorun said...

Oh man, Toby is the cutest.

Apparently when I was three I told my parents that I had a brother named "Flunch" (this conversation took place at lunchtime), and he lived in a pink house on a farm and took care of my horses (in reality I had none).

Ages 3-6 are in that sweet spot where hyper-imagination and ability to speak cross. It's great.

Abbey said...

My older sister had an imaginary friend called "ma man" but no one could ever pronounce it quite up to her standards. My dad said it creeped him out when she talked to him/her. Ha! Toby's sounds friendly!

H said...

Oh my god. "Dun Dun's my darling" is probably the funniest thing I've heard all day! He seems so adorable, especially in that video of him talking about Indian food!

thekittchen said...

Dun Dun is my darling! That is the cutest thing ever! You need to post more about Dun Dun! Have you asked Toby to draw Dun Dun?

Amy Lauree said...

That is all so hilariously cute!
My daughter is almost 4, but I found myself keeping a journal of the funny things she would say. But now the sheer volume of funny phrases surpass my ability to jot them all down!
Yesterday we were walking home from the park and she saw her neighbour playing volleyball with her dad and said "Wow, her dad is a natural!!"
Love this age.

RaisingW said...

I just re-read this article from the New Yorker years ago. Hubby and I had a big laugh about it and about our own daughter's imaginary friend. "Bumping into Charlie Ravioli" .

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2002/09/30/020930fa_fact_gopnik

marketa anna medas said...

JO you have such a lovely kid! kids:)both of them. and this one “Is he a man, a lady or a monster?”
got me most!

TheMacaronAddict said...

oh my god he is cute!

themacaronaddict.blogspot.co.uk

marketa anna medas said...

:)sometimes little kids see angels, or a small elemental beings A nature so maybe this could be some boy or girl nevermind:) as an angel. just thank for that! everyday!

RaisingW said...

Toby has his own Charlie Ravioli

Ms Blue said...

Haha Even my boyfriend (Who does not have much with children, yet ;) ) Laughed about this. It is to cute!

Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

haha, 'dun dun's my darling' - so cute!!! x

Amber said...

Aww Toby! "Plobably instantly made me remember this scene from "that 70's show": http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ATziZEOIS5M&desktop_uri=%252Fwatch%253Fv%253DATziZEOIS5M

Alexa said...

their minds really are so magical—thanks for the laugh today :)

Katie said...

Made me laugh out loud! What a cutie Toby is! I have a soon to be three year old who says the most hysterical things. This morning he asked me why his grandfather's car (which had been at the house the previous day and was not this morning) had "run away." Then he says "don't worry Mama..I'll find it."

littlestumptown.com

sharon O said...

My little Zoe now 5.5 yrs still has her imaginary friend MikMik.
Cute!

Dana said...

the sweetest post. Can definitely relate to this as I have similar ones with my 4 year old.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I can't wait for all these moments to come for us!

Alli said...

This simultaneously made me laugh out loud and get all weepy about my 22-month-old boy. Darling!

Sidney said...

Toby's so sweet, he's gonna be a great big brother!

sliceofsid.blogspot.com

Megan Ritchey said...

What a little sweetheart! One of my favorite This American Life episodes is called "Kid Logic," which chronicles the funny way kid's reason and understand the world.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/188/kid-logic

Melissa Blake said...

That is too cute!! xoxo

NotesFromAbroad said...

My sons friend was Googie.
Was that some infantile premonition of Google ??
He and Googie always got up to no good. . and of course, he was the innocent bystander.
Googie was there when he would go on a drive with us and have no one to talk to.. but Googie.
I miss Googie. He gave us all a few really good laughs.

Kate B said...

"Dun Dun is my darling". Cutest. Thing. Ever.

Laura Hall said...

Hi Jo,
Love this post! My 3-year-old also has an imaginary friend - called Den-Den. Weird!!
And her thing at the moment is that she's scared of bears. I asked her why and she said because she's scared a bear will come in from the garden and stand on her toes. Her toes!?! I think there's more to fear than that, but she's so earnest about it that I can't laugh...

Laura Hall said...

We also have an imaginary menagerie that includes a pony called Hattie and two guinea pigs called Fluff and Toff. I wish I was 3 again...

Carrie Le said...

This post is so precious. I absolutely what he said about the Upper West Side and San Francisco.

C.
www.inloveandwar.ca

Melanie Price said...

I love this post so much. Such sweetness!

I had an imaginary friend as a child and her name was Darci. The weirdest (or coolest) part is that I later met my B.F.F later on when I was sixteen y.o. and her name was...you guessed right. Darci.

She is amazing, beautiful and a wonderful friend. I think life just knew that I was meant to have a 'Darci' in my life. Always.

Cheers to amazing friendships and our weird little kiddos!

LeeLee said...

Oh, my goodness. He is the sweetest.

TBtheQB said...

Dun Dun's my darling. I can't. Too cute!

jm said...

My heart is breaking. So cute. Hope you have a good first week in your new apartment!

Magdalena Paulino said...

This is too funny! He's super cute.

www.therecordologist.blogspot.com

lidia said...

he is so precious!
adorable conversations, can't wait 'til my little guy starts talking.

blendedbaby said...

Oh my heart hurt at Dun Dun is my Darling, love!

Karen in CT said...

.. OMG, I love these posts ... how can complete strangers bring such a smile to my face ... blogging is strange.

Karen in CT ... now VA

carly jane said...

These are my favorite posts!! I imagine what my son is going to say/sound like when he starts talking. So exciting and so sweet.

Mreffey said...

I call my 2 year old a weirdo too... :)

Ladies in Navy said...

bah! this had me laughing out loud!
kw, Ladies in Navy

Jocelyn said...

Thank you for sharing this. Kids are so weird I love it.

suzyq said...

so so sweet

suzyq said...

so so sweet

Aya said...

Oh that was fun. Thank you for sharing.

Robyn said...

Ha ha- love this!!! This age is so much more fun than baby age.

Renae said...

Great post - Toby seems so smart and so sweet - great job Mama!

Comely Cobber said...

Toby is so cute ! hehe :)

Eleanor Davis said...

Oh my gosh, he is so adorable! your posts about Toby make me want to have kids ;)

Georgia Christakis said...

This is exactly why I want to be a pediatrician. You have a very adorable little weirdo on your hands. Enjoy every minute.

p.s. one of the best things my parents ever did was record conversations like this of us on tape when we were little. I think they make for some of the sweetest memories, and it's amazing how quickly you forget what a tiny little voice sounds like!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I love toddlers! I love that they believe with all their might. So cute!

KK

Spencer and Michelle said...

Love that! Dun Dun's my darling... THAT is darling!
My daughter just turned two and is starting to talk like this too. I need to get one of those journals where you record funny things your kids say, otherwise I'm scared we'll forget!

Katie Appleyard said...

The other day my friends son told me he is going to marry his friend Midori at school, because she is Japanese and they have decided to have ninja babies. I nearly fell off my chair with laughter :)

Katie

http://sweetapplelifestyle.blogspot.co.nz/

Kristen said...

Haha kids are so fun!

Jen said...

this post made me smile. we just asked my 2 1/2 year old if she was a princess. her reply? "i'm not a princess, i'm a super-hero!"

Catherine Masi said...

Oh my gosh, VERY funny.

Raphaelle Robert said...

OMG YOU CRACK ME UP
best read for a monday evening!! thanks!!

Catherine Masi said...

I call a post like this a happiness inducer; Toby's awesome.

Zoë said...

DunDun is my darling.... I loved that one!

Ariane said...

Great kid! :-)

elizabeth said...

When my little brother was that age, he had two imaginary friends: couch-couch and pillow-pillow. I kid you not.

Corner Story said...

So sweet, it's great to record these conversations.

www.cornerstore.net.au

Joy Acoustics said...

I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old. They are so funny too. Here is one piece:
http://joyacoustics.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/happy-birthday-cristisor.html
I record them too, cause I enjoy rereading them a lot.

Joy Acoustics said...

This is super funny. Thanks for sharing

Angernia wu said...

it was so funny~

kate whitaker said...

hii! i absolutely love your blog- it is so beautiful and engaging. i cant wait to see what else you have in store. it's lovely to read.

i would love it if you could check out my blog :-)
~1000thingstodoinalifetime.blogspot.com

Vikike said...

Wow that's hillarious, I love him! I can't wait for my baby to talk and say weird things. I'm shure he will...! It was encouraging to read about some of the hardships of being a mum, because I had bad anxiety in the first months plus the sleepdeprivation together...not how I imagined to be a mum. (And not what other mums tell each other, everybody keeps it to themselves, I wish they didn't!). So it was nice to read that you had less anxiety with the second child, I'm looking forward for that. Greetings from Budapest, VIKI

Sugar Spun Sisters said...

"Where does Dun Dun live?"
"On the Upper West Side"

This made our life haha! Such a funny, cute little boy :). I love how kids can natter on for ages about things and have no real idea what they mean. We want to go and eat from broccoli with him & Dun Dun! Such fun!

Great post, as always :)

Eve & Faye x
Sugar Spun Sisters - A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

Kathy said...

I love their minds at this age!

My daughter would tell me that boys couldn't eat "girl cheese" because they're not girls. "It's grilled cheese" I would say. "No mama, it's girl cheese!" Which reminds me of Louie CK's bit about fig/pig newtons (worth listening to if you haven't already).

Hemylle Karollyne said...

hahaha Toby's sooooo cute!!! <3
I wish I could have one of these conversation with him. =D

http://www.achicklitdiary.blogspot.com

dakotabee said...

Hahaha "you little weirdo" Toby posts will forever be my favorite.
He's such a little celebrity for us!

Dakota xo
http://dakotabee.wordpress.com/

Kim said...

This made my morning!!!
My daughter had an imaginary "Grandma Izzy" who took her to Paris and let her eat lots of sweets. It's so great to write this stuff down because you think you'll remember it all, but you won't!

Home Sale Home said...

oh god! i love that kind of talks & conversations too...
always have a big smile in mum's face ;)
bye

http://homesalehome.blogspot.pt/

Kierra Makayla said...

This is seriously the cutest thing every. "Dun Duns my darling." This post definitely made me giggle.

dajana, all kinds of lovely said...

This post is enough to make me want to get pregnant. Today (:

What a sweet boy.

Unknown said...

Adorable and imaginative, and then they turn on you and flip your lid!

My favorite of the week: "hellodoctor" for all the rescue helicopters flying around Boulder, CO.

The sweet surrender of three.

gonebanannas.com said...

Ummmm....Dun Dun's my darling is one of the cutest pet names I have ever heard given to an imaginary friend. I had imaginary friends as well and was always inventing stories for how their lives were going. Kids are so weird, and yet, so cool.

ashley said...

dun duns my darling! heart melting.
my little used to tell me "youre my best heart"

Nina Leung said...

Love!

creatingmisericordia said...

I'm really enjoying the almost-threes too. I've just had to write down today's best:

I don't feel well.
I'm sorry, what's wrong?
I'm cat.

Anna said...

So sweet!! :D

NosyRosie said...

My son is going to be 3 next month and I feel the same way! He is so fun to talk to, he's like a little adult. I think this has been my favorite age so far.

Francesca said...

my little boy said to me the other day "mummy, is the world going to be destroyed and we're all going to die?"

i think his big brother has been winding him up ;-)

Aisha said...

I'm dying laughing about "Maybe they're dead" so hilarious. Thanks for sharing

Aisha said...

So adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Rosamapose said...

This is adorable! Reading it definitely made me smile :)

Blonde in this City

Sharita Hyppolite said...

Ok. Chicken and Broccoli. And water. Plus Boom Boom and La La. I'm done for the night. :-)

Sharita Hyppolite said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Sharita Hyppolite said...

Oh, FYI, It gets better as they get older. This afternoon I had a convo with my 6 year old trying to hook his 1 1/2 year old brother up with the babies in his day care. Quote, "Jimmy needs a baby girlfriend to love." WHERE DO THEY GET THIS STUFF!! Lol. :-)

Aline said...

Cutest thing ever. Laughed out loud and made my day. Hope you have a great weekend and congrats on the big move! The place looks super cool.

Mariclare Cole said...

This is the sweetest, most magical thing ever. Reminds me of The Little Prince for some reason.

Mariclare Cole said...

This is the sweetest, most magical thing ever. Reminds me of The Little Prince for some reason.

McKenzie Collins said...

Haha I love hearing about what he says! It's so cute that he's so confident in telling you about people like 'dun dun'!

http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

Too cute! I love the way children's minds work! The "monster" choice for the first one totally came out of nowhere....and I remember my little brother couldn't say "girls" clearly for a long time....he also had trouble with "squirrels". Must me a tough sound for little mouths!

Laura D said...

Haha too cute! He's at such a funny age for conversations--love the matter of fact "Oh yeah, I love that place"

http://greenmountainglobetrotter.blogspot.com/

Site design by Apartment One
Federated Media Publishing - Style