I’ve been thinking of how to best express and share my experiences for the year 2015 and I thought I could review it through the lives of my husband and daughters. So I decided to interview my family! I’ve broken it up into two parts. Below is a transcript of the interview I had with my daughters. Here’s my husbands’ interview.
Anyway, lets not start sobbing and get things rolling…
Tehani is lying on her bed at the moment with her little hands thrown over her bouncy curly hair while Tahei is sitting on my lap tugging at my shirt as I try and catch every word they’re saying.
Me: Hi Hani and Da (we call Tahei “Da” because her sister couldn’t pronounce her name)
Tahei: Hi mama (She has the biggest cheeky smile on her face right now)
Me: Do you love mommy?
Tahei: I love mommy, i love mommy kepfeep blahbah… bo… ki… mommy… (She is singing to the tune “I love you” from Barney the purple dinosaur. Her head movements is like a bobbing head doll as she tries to keep up with the tune.)
Me: Do you love Daddy?
Tehani: …Silence…Yup. Hani like Dad (Every time I ask her this question, there is a slow movement to her eyelids, her eye lashes flutter and with a gentle smile she expresses her love for her daddy. He is one lucky daddy!)
Me: What’s your fav animal?
Tehani: Hani like animals, favourite animals… rabbit, gerbil, monkey and fish (She’s learnt 100 or more animal names throughout the year 2015 from her animal book)
Tahei: animal like?…(thinking) monkey… ginky bumbum (hahaha “ginky” means stinky. She likes to copy her older sister but always adds her own little taste to it.)
Me: Do you like spiders?
Tehani: uhhmm No, oh yup… Hani like spider (She use to be terrified of spiders but not so much anymore.)
Tahei: Shh… (her index finger vertically over her lips and now whispering)… spiders… no spiders
Me: Do you like mommy’s food?
Tehani: Yup, hani like food… eat it all. (Most times I make sure she eats all her food. Otherwise she keeps coming to me complaining about being hungry.)
Tahei: no food ( No, is a famous word in a toddler’s vocabulary… just saying.)
Me: What color do you like?
Tahei: like food…
Me: What makes you happy
Tehani: blue, black, purple…(concentration is hanging by a thread now)
Tahei: happy happy happy (Again she is singing it to the “I love you” tune from Barney and this time she is clapping.)
Me: Do you enjoy going to the beach with daddy?
Tehani: Yup, hani like the beach
Tahei: beach? ah beach? mum falahlah… go beach?
*End of Interview*
They love going to the beach, especially when daddy takes them. They sometimes don’t invite me so I pretend to be sad about it, But the truth is, it doesn’t bother me one bit because I finally get some “Me time!”. Their progression in learning, health and physicality is a great accomplishment for me. Their progression is very dependent on my husband and I. These simple steps forward makes me feel proud and happy as a mother.