Monday, May 12, 2008

Talking surprises!

Vansh is lately making it a habit of taking us by surprise by talking the way he does. Suddenly he sounds so grown up and mature. He is literally a sponge these days, so quick in absorbing what we say, experimenting with the phrases and a bit and then making them a part of his everyday conversations. Its a pleasure to listen to him talk in a neat voice, forming and expressing his opinions coherently and being able to carry forward a conversation. It also means that we need to pick our own words much more wisely now lest be admonished by him and be told "Yeh koi tarika nahin hai" (This is no way!) The first time he said that (and he said tarakki, which means progress) I cracked up so loud that he kept repeating it after every sentence I spoke in an attempt to cause the same burst of laughter again. We still cannot help but smile when he says that. He expresses his displeasure using words by saying "Mere ko aise accha nahin lagta" (I don't like it) when I raise my voice at him or Jiya. He is increasingly using pronouns now and has to be reminded to use 'aap' for elders and not 'tum' or 'tu'!
A few days back, after waking up from his afternoon nap, he suddenly said "Vansh mamma ka sweetheart hai, mamma ki baat maanta hai." (Vansh is mom's sweetheart and listens to what she says) That, as is obvious, is enough to make any mom's day and so it did.

The biggest pleasure, apart from the fact that he is talking so well now, is the fact that its now easier to talk to him about something that he does and we don't like. Of course there are instances when he's being plain naughty and then doesn't have an answer, except a silly grin or a random "kaapa or badoom badaa", when we ask him why he did that. But there are some other like this one that happened few days back. Vansh and Jiya were in the same room and Vansh was just building some random structures with wooden blocks. Jiya was playing them too and in the process knocking down what he was building, reason enough to evoke screams from him, pull the blocks from her hands and as a result evoke screams and cries from her as well. When I asked him what happened, he replied by saying

"Dekho Jiya kya kar rahi hai. Sab sab gira rahi hai. Vansh ko nahin accha lagta." (Look at what Jiya is doing. She is making everything fall. I don't like it) and to Jiya in particular "Kya kar rahi hai ghonchu?" (What are you doing silly).

I told him that he could hand over the blocks himself to Jiya and make her happy or if he really wanted to build structures he needed to do that on the table so that Jiya couldn't get to them. He chose the former option as he usually does. And then took pride in handing her the blocks and eventually making her smile.

The other day we had to go for a birthday party and I came out of the bathroom wearing a denim top and pants. Usually Vansh takes a moment to look carefully and appreciate whenever I am wearing something dressy - Indian or Western, even if its with a simple "Wow!" That day he just stood looking and didn't say anything. I asked him "Vansh ko mamma ki dress acchi lagi?" (Did you like mamma's dress?) to which he replied "Nahin acchi lagti Vansh ko mamma ki dress. Mere ko yellow or orange dress acchi lagti hai jo mamma India mein pehenti thi" (I don't like this dress. I like yellow and orange dress that you wore in India.) Even though a little dampening for my spirits, his being able to form an opinion and express it verbally more than made up for it.

The picture above incidentally is taken on Jiya's mundan ceremony on Apr 14, 2008 and the yellow dress is the one Vansh was referring to :)

15 comments:

noon said...

Neera - you look gorgeous - very simple and yet beautiful - in that photo. No wonder Vansh told you not to wear boring Jeans when he remembered your yellow dress! :)

I know what you mean about how much Vansh is speaking...more coherently. We are experiencing the same with KB now - sometimes we are amazed at how much he understands when he talk and how he refers to that later...

Hope you had a nice mother's day - you deserve it!

Suma said...

this is a beautiful age vansh isin now, innocent talk yet not baby talk...have fun, neera...

happy mother's day to u...:)

GettingThereNow said...

LOL! Loved the "Kya kar rahi hai ghonchu" part :D Had been a long time since I'd heard that word.

The yellow dress is really beautiful. And the yellow dress wali looks pretty :P

Swati said...

The yellow dress looks really great on you ..Vansh is a sweet heart :)

~nm said...

Isn't it fun listening to them talking like such mature person?? Anirudh does that a lot and i just love it!

I was shocked at the similarity of your boy and mine when it comes to being vocal about the dress I 'm wearing! just smazing!

Making Memories said...

wow Vansh has come a long way ....u look really pretty in yellow dress, i zoomed and say the pic:)) that reminds me when Moon was almost learning to talk surprised me by saying (when we were getting ready to go out) 'muma lipstick laga lo'...i can understand how u must be feeling when he is getting better with his speech by every passing moment.

Making Memories said...

typo error...i mean i zoomed and saw the pic

Daisy said...

very cute anecdotes.. thanks for stopping by my blog.. ur kids are adorable ( so are u :)).. will be here regularly now.

jasheena said...

hey neera no wonder vansh chose that yellow dress...u look marvellous...ya samething is happening with nathan too..he just use the same tone n expression as we do...

Suma said...

hi...:)

swarn just started taekwondo...in school as part of his extra curricular activities...it was his second class...he loves it, cos being a boy, it does appeal to him...i just thought it would build his stamina, and flexibility...

Neera said...

noonoo: thank u :) Amazing strides they take in their conversing abilities, na!

suma: thanks suma, time already seems to be flying by so fast! And thanks for the taekwondo update. I was looking at a few karate classes for Vansh - basically something to channelize the loads of energy and I liked what I read about it, so I thought I'll ask u since u mentioned it in ur post.

cee, another one he uses is chatori, as a synonym for ghonchu ;) We call her that because she actually is a chatori ..Vansh hasn't gotten the connection yet :)

swati: thank you dear!

~nm: All this while, I had been thinking of Anirudh, especially when I wrote about Vansh noticing the dress I am wearing and commenting. I remembered he does the same :)Amazing similarities, really!

mm: Thats so sweet of moon to remind u that and they do take us by surprise all the time!

Daisy: Welcome and thank you :)

jasheena: They like to act all grown up, thats what it is! What fun - they'll realise when they actually do grow up :)

PG said...

A lovely account about Vansh's and his speech.
Well, I've been luckier until now. I always get praised about the dress, whenever he remembers to notice. Lately this has not been the case. :(
Yes, I have also had this phase where I was stunned every time I would hear him say such "grown-up" phrases and by his ability to express. I think absorbing everything like a sponge is a good description.
And BTW, you look so beautiful in that picture!

Maggie said...

Hello there, my first time here - and what a prize! :-) Kiddy quotes are my favourites across mom blogs...

Neera said...

pg: From a wow every time to noticing but not reacting and now finally to 'I don't like this one!' - kids sure graduate in expressing their opinions :) Thanks for the compliment :)

maggie: Welcome dear :) I am glad u liked the quotes - I so love them too :)

dipali said...

He really has a lot to say! Great progress, young man.
And you look lovely in the yellow outfit:)