O: (blinking really fast) Mum, would you look at my eyes! They're going mental with all the opening and closing! Mum, did you hear me, I said, they're going MENTAL!
O: (playing with his Lego figures) You! You're a bad criminal. You did a poo in your pants! I'm going to drag you to jail. Oh, you really impressed me, you did a poo on the toilet. WELL DONE!
Me: Ollie, it's almost time for a sleep
O: But I don't want to go to sleep, I want to keep playing
Me: Well alright, you can play for another couple of minutes, but then we'll read a story and go to bed
O: But I want to play for THIS MANY minutes, for LOTS of minutes
Me: OK. How many minutes do you want to play for?O: (pauses...) Four
O: I want to hug the baby
O: (hugging my growing belly and patting it gently) The baby has to grow a lot before we can meet him. (...pause...) Hello baby, what are you doing? and then the baby says "I'm moving around... I'm moving towards mama's mouth because I have to pop out one day" (!!)
O: (to Max, as they were playing rather nicely together and with their big garbage truck) Excuse me... excuse me, MY DEAR!
Me: (after watching Ollie finish every bit of his mustard and tarragon chicken dinner) Well done, Ollie, you ate a good meal there.
O: (somewhat confused by the mustard in his dinner) Now I can have my crumble and mustard (he meant crumble and custard)
Will: (reading to the boys) "And then he climbed all the way to the top of the tallest of trees!"
O: I'd like to do that
Will: Really? You'd climb to the top of the tallest of trees?
O: (pause) I'd climb to a smaller one.
Me: OK Ollie, it's time to go inside soon, just another 10 minutes of playing in the garden and we'll go inside for a nap
O: I want to play for FIVE minutes!
Me: Ollie, do you need to use the toilet?
Me: Then please stop fiddling with your underpants
O: But I'm just trying to sort out my wing-wang, it's going mental!
Me: (while Ollie was playing with his Lego at the dinner table rather than eating his dinner) Some of us at the table are eating our dinner, Ollie.
O: Not me!
Me: Night night Max. Can you say 'night night'?
M: Na na
Me: I love you, buddy. Can you say 'I love you'?
M: Na na
Me: But can you say 'I love you'?