Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Hanan, who has been fairly quiet in the past two years, suddenly decides it is time to start talking. He has been telling us about the little person he is becoming, and we've been enjoying getting to know him.

At 26-months, Emeth was obsessed with wildlife, stories about trains, and the characters in those stories. Little brother also loves trains, but for entirely different reasons. These two boys are growing within the same walls, yet they are worlds apart.

Hanan is more of an abstract thinker. He is obsessed with numbers and colors and shapes. He takes things apart (sometimes permanently) and analyzes how they work. Turning wheels, pushing buttons, making music, and eating are among his favorite things. He adores his big brother, and says "hi ge ge!" and "thank you ge ge!" about hundred times a day.

Distracted. Always.
What I do when mommy says, "smile!"

In celebration of his aunties week-long visitation tomorrow, here is a glossary of some of my favorite words by the little bear.

waji - H2O

meee!!! meeeee!!! - MORE!!!!!!

eye or winkle winkle winkle - star.

pah-mei - please

te-te - a shape with three sides

ku-air - a shape with four sides

gle -  a shape with four sides, two sides are longer than the other two.

pen-gon - a shape with five sides.

ok-gon -  a shape with eight sides.

hoyee hoyee hoyee - my favorite song.

hoyee God in love be cake - (emphasis on cake) my other favorite song. (I have a lot of favorite songs)

buchen - mommy's heart when I disobey. This also happens to most things I take apart.

thona - the very useful engine. What I sleep with.

wowo - canine creatures. The other thing I sleep with.

mana - long yellow fruit, my new love.

turtle - not what you think. What mommy uses to wrap burritos.

crapper - crunchy cheesy things (crackers).

pah-per - what mommy changes when I go to the bathroom.

sillay, farnay - what I say when people are trying to make me laugh.

enenen - the number after ten, rhymes with seven.

ka-ga-mee - what I say when I need reassurance that I am not alone ("cover me")

haa-jee-ga - what I say when I need a hug

ge-ge pee ge - what I say when I want something from big brother

ding! - you and me, we are the same! (when he has a similar cup, cap, etc. with another person)


E! said...

mana - ha! it's all mana. all these beautiful words :)

didn't emeth used to woof for "dog" too?

thona the tank engine. very nice.

i want to see this big boy soon!

Serenely said...

So interesting comparing note on the way Nathan articulates some of the same words...

Mine says 'noma' instead of 'thona' and 'nana' instead of 'mana'. for water he says 'cha-peh'

I'm probably the only person that understands his language the most, as you do with Hanan.

Thank God for mothers.

Swansea said...

mana makes me think of manna~
why is he so nibble-able?

Doria Tai said...

Just short of one "i", he is Hainanese,that is the clan that I married into.

So cute, so nice of you to document it down !

Seda said...

Esther - Yes. =) Words like mana fall every morning, like raindrops, whenever Hanan awakes.

Serene - noma! nana! cha-peh! So cute. I love cha-peh. It sounds Chinese. =) That *is* interesting.

Olivia said...

I love how he doesn't know what crapper means yet! x