I hope my child looks back on today, and remembers a Mum who had time to play
There will be years for cleaning and cooking, but children grow up when we are not looking
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, cause babies grow fast, much to our sorrow
So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I'm cuddling my baby, and babies don't keep
(Song for a Fifth Child)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Monologue...

By Miss Lady Bug

I love nap time. Peace and quiet and time to myself. Lately, time for me to nap since Lady Bug thinks 5:15am is an awesome hour to rise and shine.  June Bug was in his room, Lady Bug in her crib. I made the mistake of crawling into bed and trying to fall asleep.

Lady Bug: 
Mommeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Mommeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....silence.....Belly, toes, belly, belly, toes, boca (mouth), nose, belly, belly (you might have guessed her favorite body part).... what's this? Mommy, what's this? toes. belly. toes. belly.  Mommeeeeeeee, Mommeeeee, All done. Up please. Love you. Up please. Love you. Mommy. All done.... 

repeat for 1 hour and 20 minutes. seriously. 

Eventually I was suckered by the "love yous" and I tried crawling in the crib stupidly thinking she'd nap with me. I'm sure you can guess how well that went. 

She found my phone in my pocket...and opted for a selfie. That's my face she's smashing with her other hand.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Rational Toddler

Dear June Bug,

Let's review some basics:

"But I'm awake" is not a valid reason to not go to bed. That's what we do. We go to bed awake, shut our eyes and fall asleep. It's brilliant. Try it.

No you do not need another bib because the one you insisted on wearing got food on it. That's the point of the bib that really you only wear because your sister wears one.

Remember those sandals that you refused to wear because they were "too tight" and "made hurt in your toes"?  They don't suddenly fit because your sister wants to wear them. Stop trying to cram your feet in them only to cry because they hurt.

I know Lady Bugs loooooooves to instigate. But shoving her down, smacking her and then yelling help is not working. Please ask for help first and give me more than .02 seconds to respond. Thanks.

On the reverse front, throwing yourself on the ground and wailing that Lady Bug pushed you and needs a time out, only works when she's in the same room, preferably near you. When she's napping, I'm never going to fall for it. Ever. And your dramatics need some practice.

Finally, I love how helpful you are. You are a sweet, wonderful boy, but please for the love of all that is holy, stop trying to change your sister's diaper.