Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Wow. Who would have thought that post #3 would be so hard to write? It's not that I don't have anything to say, it's that there are just way to many ideas rattling around in my head. It's crazy. If you could see the 'back end' (ha, I said 'back end') of this blog, you would see roughly 8 drafts of posts waiting to be finished (that's right, 8).

I feel like a goldfish - I get started, get on a roll, and then it's 'oh, look, something shiny!' And then I lose it. I can't keep writing on that topic. So I get up, go do something else, come back and go 'crap', save it and start a new one. This has been going on since roughly 5pm this afternoon. 

I thought an episode or two of the 'Big Bang Theory' might help me to switch off my mind for a little while and I have to admit, a good giggle (thanks Sheldon and Co.) and some playtime with the munchkin gave me the 'oomph' I needed, and here we are.

I was informed today, by a friend of mine who also writes a blog, that I have to give people a reason for wanting to read my posts. Apparently just being my charming, witty self is not enough to encourage others to continue to read what I write. Now, I'm not a 'crafty Mommy' (I can't take an empty tissue box, some wrapping paper, a glue gun and some fishing line and go 'I'm going to make a scale size replica of the Millennium Falcon for my son - it will be awesome'), so posting tutorials on what I made today is out of the question. And I made a promise to myself to keep this light hearted so I'm not going to write about the difficulties we had getting and staying pregnant. And as much as I like to voice my opinion about certain topics, I'm far too sensitive to have an 'opinionated blog' (I can see my brother smirking and snorting right now - far too sensitive, ha).

So, here's the deal. I'm going to try and keep my adventures in 'mommy-hood' entertaining and post worthy enough so that you will keep reading and I promise not to do a rant on whether 'Star Trek' or 'Star Wars' is better - deal?

Okay, so onto the fun stuff. 

Einstein said: 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result'. I get that, I do. But I have a feeling it only applies to 'grown ups'. Let me explain. I spent the better portion of an hour this afternoon watching Little P do the following: go to her toy box, proceed to pull out everything she could reach (it's a little deep for her at the moment) and line them up. Apparently little one's like to 'organize' their toys. She would get them all lined up, mostly by color, strangely enough, look at them, then mess it all up and put them back in the toy box. She would then come over to the table, get her sippy cup, have some water, sigh, and then go back to her toy box to repeat the whole thing all over again. She did this 5 times. 

And I know this was bad of me, but I kept thinking, if she was older, say like a teenager, people would say she needs help. Which would probably involve seeing a doctor, maybe medication and time in a 'controlled environment'. When did we get to the point where, when we look at what children do, and instead of thinking 'they are just being kids and exploring their world' we think 'do I need to stop this behavior?'. Have we become so aware of how other people view the world that we have to think about what they would think about something instead of just letting things be what they are?

Once I got over that little blip in my head, I sat down with her and we sorted her blocks, which quickly became a game of hide the 'bunny' block which in turn became a game of me hiding behind the kitchen island and going 'boo' whenever she came past. By the end of it, we were both on the floor in a fit of giggles and that moment of panic was gone.

From now on, I'm going to just do what The Beatles said and 'let it be'. She's a happy, healthy kid who loves exploring her world and discovering new things. And honestly, isn't that what being a kid is all about?

So till next time...


Mommy-ism #61: letting it be. Kids are going to be kids. They are going to get into all the things they shouldn't. They are going to fall over and get hurt. They are going to get covered in dirt one day, paint and glitter the next and they are going love doing it all. As long as they aren't hurting themselves or anyone else, we should take a step back, and just watch what they are doing. Because deep down you know that making mud pies is as much fun as it looks and you are going to get down there and make them with them. There is time for serious things later in life, for now, just go with it and have fun with your little one.


  1. Lovely. I have practiced things millions of times and sometimes it is just so fun to watch them practice. Btw after our 4th child addicted to Blues Clues, I still choose Steve over dexter boy genius and that is just one child's obsession now. May have to shoot the tv if all 4 watch it over and over and over and...

  2. Psychologists need to come up with labels for these 'disorders' to justify their existence and worth, sister. Little P is a bright little spark, and is testing her environment.
    Making games out of the simplest things in life that we take for granted is something adults can learn from their kids. Hell, I still do it at work :)