When Monkey responds positively to a question: “Yeah. Sure.”
When Monkey wants something: “What.” Umma responds: “What?” Monkey then tells or shows her what.
When Monkey wants to watch Toy Story or Toy Story: 2: “Buzz? Ok!”
When Monkey wants someone to follow him: “C’mere, c’mere” He bends over slightly and gently claps his hands together…like we do to catch the dogs’ attention. It does work.
When Monkey wakes up every morning: “Big! TREEE! Dark!” He says this periodically until the Christmas lights come on (they are on a timer.) Fun fact: The Christmas lights come on at 6 (!) in the darn morning and we always hear at minimum 10 minutes of this, usually much longer. So there is the sleep update.
When the Christmas lights finally come on: “Hi ‘ta!” (Greeting a big Santa who lives next to the tree.) Another fun fact: He won’t enter the dining room (where the tree is) until the lights come on. He prefers to stand at the foot of our bed while yelling, of course.
When I first manage to peel open my eyes in the morning and make eye contact with Monkey: “Umma, tea? Tea?” Too bad he can’t make me a tea and deliver it bedside. It might make the unreasonable time on the clock feel more reasonable.