Thursday, January 21, 2010

DEFIANTLY ADORABLE

Being a first-time Mommy, one of the things I’ve always made a conscious effort in is to not use the word “no” so often around Jayvon.

You know, cos I’ve heard that the first word most kids say is the word, “no” which is at once negative and irritating! So Nic & I really try. We r-e-a-l-l-y did!

And if you were in earshot of Jayvon as he learnt how to speak, he was such an endearing baby, always saying “Yes!” to any question may throw at him.

Even medicine time was a breeze with this obliging boy!

So I can’t really pinpoint when it really happened. Maybe it is the fact he in entering into that infamous “Terrible Two” stage. But sometime just a few months back, he picked up a new phrase in replacement of his usual “Yes”.

And no, it isn’t “No”…

I am thankful for that at least.

But… it’s worse than “No”…

He now says “NO NEED!”

An outright “no” is annoying, and outright defiant.

His “no need”, while no less defiant, is adorable enough to elicit giggles and laughter from people around. People who find this little pint-sized boy uttering such a phrase totally amusing. People who encourage and in turn, cement this behaviour. People other than Mommy and Daddy, that is.

 

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So our usual banter goes like this…

“Jayvon, go and bathe.”

“No need.”

“Jay…. Go and bathe!”

“No need.”

“Go. And. Bathe. Now.”

“No neeeeeed….”

Then comes my stern stare to say “I mean business and when I say ‘go and bathe,’ you jolly well get into that bathroom mister before I….

And then, he will happily saunter along to the bathroom.

“It’s dinner time. Come and eat.” “No need.”

“Keep your jigsaw puzzles.” “No need.”

“Bedtime now!” “No need.”

“Do you want to use the potty?” “No need.”

I’m sure you get the idea… Haha!

Oh, but there are exceptions to the rule? When the command contains key words like “MacDonald’s,” “ice cream,” “biscuit,” “cookie,” or “chocolate,” it is almost a given that it will be carried out with a grin and a dance to his step.

37 comments:

Acting Balanced Mom said...

what a cute little guy... congratulations on your SIT DAY!

Frugal Fabulous Finds said...

That is hilarious! Well, I'm sure it is not so funny to you at times, but a definate for the "cutest things my kids said growing up" list:)

Visiting from SITS ! Enjoy your day:)

Wendy @FrugalFabulousFinds.com

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have a toddler like this. Happy SITS day!

Ms Bibi said...

Happy SITS Day!

What a beautiful baby boy you have. Enjoy every minute of it. They do grow up fast.

Bethany said...

You give me so much to look forward to... :/ :)
Happy SITS day!

Angelia said...

He is adorable!! Sounds cuter than NO! Lol. Happy SITS day!!

Twincerely,Olga said...

just adorable!!! Congrats on your SITS Day!!! you Rock!!!

J. L. W. said...

Happy SITS Day! Ahh, you have to love toddlerhood! Our two year old has learned the words, "Mommy now". "No need" is way cuter.

Laura said...

Very adorable. Our little guy is still too young to talk, but he does make noise like he has something to say.

Happy SITS day!

MONICA-LnP said...

Your baby Jay is adorable!
Congratulations on your SITS day,enjoy!

Pregosaur said...

LOL that's too funny! I'm sure it must be frustrating for you..but still pretty funny!

The Dapper Darling said...

my 16 month old is starting to get the terrible twos already. hehe

Charlene said...

It's amazing how our kids find ways to circumvent even our most strategic parenting moves!

Happy SITS Day!

LisaDay said...

Kids come out with the funniest things.

Happy SITS day. Glad to see someone has sun.

LisaDay

Resh Rene` said...

He is such a cutie! And I am sorry I know it must annoy you guys so much for that to be his signature phrase, but it is to those that don't hear it every 2 minutes sooo stinkin cute!

But look at it this way...there is so much worse that he could be saying!

Stopping by from SITS

sweetjeanette said...

Stopping by from SITS on your day. What a cutie! I love the "no need"! you're right, it sounds a little better than just outright "NO" ! LOL

glenna said...

very cute. Enjoy every minute!

Jan said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!!!!!!! Your son's so adorable!!! Hahahaha... "No Need". That's just cute ^.^

Two Normal Moms said...

That is just too cute! Funny the things they will say.
Happy SITS Day
***Ally

Apryl said...

Visiting from SITS - I too, have a two year old (2 1/2). It is the most trying time so far! Now mine is at saying "I don't want to" to everything. Which elicits the same stern "I mean business" look from me! LOL

Meanbean said...

Oh man, how cute!! I love that phrase, it sounds so polite, yet it's defiant...polite defiance! My kiddo has always done stuff like this, using much more adult phrasing than one would expect, and it always makes other encourage her, even when she's being defiant!

I have to admit, I'd giggle too if I heard that, but I'd make sure to turn away/leave the room so as NOT to cement that, because I know how frustrating that is :)

Jenny said...

I love it! "No Need"? That's great. I have a two year old son too and he very politely will say, "No thanks". Then "NO THANKS!". Stubborness seems to run in two year old boys!

Visiting from SITS... Happy SITS day!

thesurpriselily said...

Oh, that is soooo cute. Dally used to say "not for me". It would be so cute and drive me insane at the same time....not sure that I'm too happy she has more words in her vocab now though.... Happy SITS day!!!

Terra H. said...

Hello! Stopping in from SITS. Yes, it would be hard to get upset when he says that. Too funny! What an adorable boy you have.

Marie said...

"No" is sooo direct and boring but "no need" is perfection, I know you don't want to hear it but if I heard that in person I would be a fit of giggles myself. ;)

MrsOrtelle said...

That's hilarious! How cute!

Insanitykim said...

Wow, not only does he know what he doesn't want, he is developing negotiation and rationalization skills at a scarily early age! The fact that you now have to discuss "need" with him regarding a bath is simply spectacular, and probably exhausting. Take an extra long nap; me thinks the upcoming "why" stage is gonna be extra challenging for you...

Christina said...

hahah, i love this story!!! i can just imagine it. so cute. except i'm sure it's not so cute when it's your kid saying it! :-)
i used to live in penang...ah i miss the food so much. enjoy the heat and humidity! happy sits day

Amanda said...

ROFL Your son is adorable! I'm with you on the whole "Supermom/working mom" mentality. I love your blog - I just signed up today for SITS and found you through them. I'm looking forward to reading more!

Mom of Many said...

From a mom who's not hearing "No need", I think it's sooo cute!!

mom2kmjx2 said...

He is so cute.

T. S. Snowden said...

I think me and the little man have something in common. Bath? No thanks but treat? You bet! Really sweet blog here. All the mommy bloggers really make my day!

TheEclecticElement said...

Uh Oh!!
I'm sure this is just a phase-Of course it doesn't help that people encourage that behavior >.<
Hopefully he'll get of this 'No need' and move onto more positive, life affirming phrases like....'Yay!' Lol

Michelle @ The Virtual Assistant said...

Oh that is so cute "No Need" so where did he pick that up?

Happy Happy SITS day to you! And he is just so adorable!

PJ said...

What an adorable little one! As far as ice cream, McDonald's etc., bribery works everytime! hahaha!

Love & Prayers,

PJ

PJ said...

I forgot to say I did find you from SITS. They Are Great.

Love ya!

PJ

Candace said...

Sorry I am late but happy SITs day!
I think you and I are in the same boat!! Only I get a grunt and most people laugh when they hear it!