Archive for the 'naming things' Category


Bea, Indi and Daddy are at the dinner table. Bea points to herself, Daddy and Indi and says:

Beatrix: (pointing) female, male, female.

Indiana: (pointing) female, fourmale, fivemale…

(Indi, age 3)



I’m teaching Indi how to do an Eskimo kiss by rubbing our noses together.

Indiana: Mama, you only have one Mini-mo kiss, okay?

(Indi, age 3)

the wonders of the body

Indi is sitting on the toilet. She points to her lady parts.
Indiana: What dat?
Me: That’s your bottom.
Indiana: No bottom, look!
Me: What is it then?
Indiana: It a Jigglypuff. (Pokémon)
(Indi, aged 2)

deciphering toddlerish.

Indiana: Wee wee.

Me: Wee wee?

Indiana: Mm! Wee wee!

Me: Do you need a new nappy? Have you done wees?

Indiana: No.

(Some time passes)

Indiana: Wee wee! Pease! (She points to the DVD shelf)

Me: Ohhh. You wanna watch Pee-wee’s Playhouse?

Indiana: Pease.

(Indi, age 2.)

family life

Beatrix: (abruptly) I really want twins.

Me: You want twins?

Beatrix: Yeah, when I grow up, I really want twins.

Me: Having two babies at once is a lot of work.

Beatrix: I know, but you can hold one while the other one drinks.

Me: Oh. Okay then. What are their names going to be?

Beatrix: Oceanna. And Leia.

(Bea, age 6)

baby names.

Me: Mummy’s sister has a baby in her tummy, just like I did. Isn’t that exciting?
Beatrix: Wow! What’s it called?
Me: Well, we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet. We have to wait and see. Do you know any good names? What about boy names?
Beatrix: Finny.
Me: Finny? Okay. What about girl names?
Beatrix: Um.. Hamstring.

[ Bea, at age 4. ]


An archive of quotes from my radical tomboy daughters; Indiana Lux (3.5) and Beatrix Honey (7.5) on their journey to becoming less pod and more human.