Conversations with a 1 yo

Vian has more than a few words in his vocabulary now and he’s not afraid to show off. I’m having breakfast with Vian. We hear the bathroom flush. Vian gets all animated and yells “Poop!” and points to the restroom. Another day, the same setup. I’m having breakfast with Vian. Yoshi joins us with a cup of tea. Vian points to the steam rising from the cup and yells “HOT”....

March 20, 2018 · 1 min

Conversations with a 1 year old

Vian is picking up new words. His new addition is “Yeah”. It is pronounced with an emphatic “EYAH!” (imagine a Karate yell). I like asking him random questions that are at the edge of his understanding and watch him say “Yeah!”. But sometimes he uses his “Yeah!” with such precision it catches us off guard. Such as last night when we were getting him ready for bed. Yoshi: Vian, would you like to hold a toy?...

December 29, 2017 · 1 min

Words, Words, Words

Vian has been picking up a few words courtesy of Sempi. The words he has picked up so far are the ones that Sempi uses with forceful emotion. STOP: Whenever Vian tries to take Sempi’s toys, Sempi yells “STOOOOP” with conviction and distress. So that’s the first word that Vian decided to pick up. Now he uses it with us generously. He can’t quite pronounce the sound “ssss” so his STOP sounds like “TOP”....

December 16, 2017 · 2 min

It starts early

Yoshi was washing her face in the bathroom while Vian was playing with the bathroom scale. Yoshi: Why is it upside down? Vian: Appaaaa Yoshi: Appa did it? Vian: Appaaa Yoshi: oh, appa did it Vian: Appaaa Appaaa Yoshi: no Vian, you did it Vian: (silence) All of this happened while I was at work. Appa means dad in Tamil.

October 13, 2017 · 1 min


My younger son (16 months) can’t speak any words yet but he has no problems expressing himself by pointing and grunting. When he’s hungry he whines and points to the pantry. When he wants a specific fruit out of the fridge he will reject all the other ones with a head shake and sometimes a shove until I offer him the right fruit. This morning I witnessed him do a gesture that can only be construed as “Look ma no hands”....

September 17, 2017 · 1 min