Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Neeeeee-vaaaaah

N-man is one of the most dramatic children ever. It's sometimes very funny, and it's even more ridiculous because he totally gets the tendency to over-exaggerate from me so I can't even complain too much.

His newest thing is to state "Never!!" dramatically whenever we ask him to do something he doesn't want to do.

"N-man, it's time to clean up."

"Nnnneeeeeeeeeeeeee-vvvvaaaaaaah," he yells, as he runs away.

"N-man, it's time to try to sit on the potty."

"Nnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-vvvvvvvvvvvvvvaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!" he states emphatically.

Well, as you can imagine, it's somewhat disheartening and results in many timeouts.

Last night, I was making dinner (spaghetti and meatballs, so it's not like I was making something that could be considered a form of child abuse), and N-man was in an especially bad mood. As I was making the meatballs, he kept up a running commentary that went slightly like this:

"Stop making those. I'll NEVER eat those. Don't cook those. Never, never, neeeeeee-vah!"

It kept on for the whole half an hour or so it took me to prepare dinner. I tried to explain that I was making meatballs, which he loves. He insisted he didn't, and that he'd NEVER eat any. I showed him them cooking, and he demanded I stop cooking immediately, if not sooner. Of course, I ignored him and told him that spaghetti and meatballs was what I was making, and it was his choice if he wanted to eat or not, but that was his only choice for dinner.

He cried and carried on, finally calming down when TK came home.

I served dinner, and he dug right in to his meatballs, which I KNEW he loved as he always eats a ton.

I said to him, "I thought you said you'd NEVER eat those."

He answered calmly, "I thought it was something else you were making."

Oh.

Don't you love the irrationality of a three-and-a-half year old? I swear, this kid's going to win an Oscar one day!

20 comments:

Nancy said...

HAHAHAHAH! Oh, N-Man. Crack me up :)

I see why he and Maggie play together...drama drama drama :D

Goddess in Progress said...

Ooh, good times. My kids are only just learning "no," which is interesting enough. It has become Daniel's default answer to everything, even if it quickly changes to a "yeah." Hrm...

P.S. It's de-lurking day! Yay comments!

LauraC said...

I am looking into my crystal ball and guessing Nate will be that dramatic. That is hilarious!

B said...

Oh, the things I am sure I will look forward to as my kids get bigger. This is now added to the list.

Joelle said...

hehehe - stopping by from SITS to say good morning!

Amy said...

funny little guy! why is it always so funnier to hear these stories from other people than to actually live them.

Mary Ellen said...

Aaaah! He's a funny man.

just me said...

I think someone is proud of himself for knowing how to use a new word. Little N-man, you are funny.

Jeanne said...

Too cute! My grandson turned 2 today -- just got off the phone singing happy birthday and he said, "Hi-how-are-ya?" and "Goobye, Gramma." My heart is a puddle!

jules said...

this totally cracked me up. 'though H may give him some stiff competition for that oscar.

Zen Ventures said...

If he keeps it up, he'll be a good lawyer someday! Never is actually a higher form of NO so he's smart that way! :) - visiting from SITS

Maricris

American in Norway said...

Sooo FUNNY... reminds me of my 4 year old!

Mary Ellen said...

Won't it be great when you all live in the Hollywood Hills? I bet you'll have a housekeeper...
Unrelated, sort of, got any favorite shrimp recipes??

Rhonda said...

Are you living at my house? I keep having conversations like that, too.

tara @ kidz said...

My husband taught my nephew to say, "Nevah evah."

My SIL will nevah evah forgive him!

maggie said...

Brian and I are dying here. That is hilarious!!!! Give him big snuggles from us!

Wolf said...

how funny!

when i worked at the daycare, every day at snack one of the little girls would cry saying she hated the snack. she would throw a tantrum and say "i don't like those!" "i don't want it!" we'd give her some anyway, and tell her if she didn't want it she didn't have to eat snack. lo and behold, a few minutes later she would be eating! :)

What A Card said...

Wow, thank you for all these comments! I haven't had much "online" time...it's good to be back :)

Mary Ellen, I do have a good shrimp recipe: Lemony Quinoa and Asparagus Shrimp Scampi. It's from the Boston Globe Magazine and is SOOO good! http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2008/05/18/runaway_grain/

Tiffany said...

At least he ate them. I've got a child who swears that never in her whole life did she like mashed potatoes, while I know that for a while she loved them, until that fateful day she decided not to like them anymore.

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