Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This morning, Amado woke me up, and said, "Antes, cuando tu estabas dormida, tu veias como una reina".

Friday, May 29, 2009

talking to the baby

This morning, when we were laying in bed waking up, Amado said, "yo tengo una pregunta para el bebe".

I asked him what it is.

Then, he leaned down to my belly, and said "Baby? Cuando es tu cumpleanos?"

Then he put his ear down to see if he would get a response.

He stayed there for a long time, and I was wondering if he was gonna hear an answer.

"Solo puedo oir tus rinones" he said.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

according to amado, its a girl

We took Amado with us a couple weeks ago to the sonogram appointment. Last night, him and I were talking about the baby, and he pulled out this stuffed cow he has had since he was a baby.

"Esta vaca es para un bebe" he told me.

I asked him if he wanted to keep it for our baby. He does.

"Sabes, mami. Es una bebita. Una nina" he told me.

"Tu crees?" I asked.

"No creo. Yo se." he told me, with a smile.

"Como tu sabes?" I asked,

"Porque la vi, en la computadora. Yo vi su cara, y es nina. Que bueno porque eso es lo que yo queria. No podemos eligir, pero yo se - es nina."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

sweet boy

Amado and a friend of his take a swim class together. The other day, they got to swim class and the regular teacher was sick, so there was a substitute. Amado was surprised, but his fishiness took over and he jumped in. His friend was much more thrown, and was really reticent to get in. He wasn't up for this curveball. His mom was trying to coax him into the water, but wasn't being successful.

Jason suggested to Amado that maybe he wanted to go help out. Amado hopped out of the water, went over to him, and said, "Luca, como estas? Estas bien?" Then, totally unprompted, he said "Luca, yo tambien extrano a nuestra maestra. Pero yo puedo ir con esta maestra. Yo puedo hacerlo. Puedes hacerlo conmigo? Vamonos." It worked.

What floored me about this with that this is textbook parenting book style. He delt with the situation in exactly the way the parenting books say you should: he validated his feelings, and then tried to make him comfortable with the situation by letting him know that they were in it together.

How awesome. What a sweet, tender, mature way to interact with the situation. I so love his sweetness.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

easy to impress

Yesterday, we were on the porch about to leave for school. It was pouring rain, and this guy rode by on his bike, and he was wearing one of those very practical but very-silly-looking bright plastic full body rain coverup jumpsuit things. (If you are not sure what I am talking about, I found this super dorky couple on google images that really do a great job at conveying the outfit). He looked funny, and as he rode by I looked at Amado so I could make a joke, but he was looking in the other direction.

"Mira, mijo! Mira ese traje!" I told him.

I thought we could have a good laugh at it.

"Wow." says Amado, very deadpan.

"Que elegante."

I'm still not sure if he was making a joke or not. It's hard to tell with this witty guy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

pulpo mama

The other day, I was trying to get Amado ready for school, get myself ready for work, and do about 14 other things. I was getting his socks on him, and he fired out 3 requests/mandatos in a row - I don't even remember what they were. "hand me that, do this, do that...."

I was losing patience, and I told him the same thing I have told him many times - "Amado, soy una persona. Yo tengo dos manos. Solo puedo hacer una cosa a la vez. "

"Perdon, mami" he said, truly apologetic.

We were silent for a couple seconds, as I struggled with his socks, and then he said - slowly, thoughfully - "pero los pulpos si. los pulpos si pueden hacer muchas cosas, porque tienen muchas manos! pero esta bien, mami. tu no eres un pulpo. esta bien".

Thursday, January 29, 2009

through amado's eyes

The other day, we were rushing down Telegraph Ave to get to Sproul Plaza for the televised view of Obama's inaguration. As we rushed by the new Beard Papa's (logo on left) cream puff place, Amado pratically collapses in a fit of laughter.

"Que paso?" we ask.

"Mira!" he can hardly get the words out. "Ese senor esta comiendo un telefono!"