Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nyan Cat

For those of you unfamiliar with Nyan Cat, let me warn you before I provide you with the link.  DO NOT watch this around your children. Nyan Cat has the ability to convince children that this inane video is entertaining.  The video is 3 minutes and 37 seconds, which is about 3 minutes and 36 seconds longer than you need to watch to get the idea.

Is the coast clear?  Are you kid-free?  Then click here.

Unfortunately, I DID watch this around my kids and this is what Connor drew in school yesterday:

And, when I got done shaking my head in shame, I hung that baby on the fridge along with a web address to the video so that he may one day watch it accidentally in front of his kids.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Shopping: Because Napping Would Have Been the Smart Choice

Nap time has always been a challenge with Connor.  So, I am thankful that my son is at an age where he doesn't always need a nap.   Each day, I weigh his need against the list of things that I need to get done outside of the house.  On this particular day, errands won.  Even as I type this, I can feel the wince that comes with the realization that this decision was going to bite me in the butt.  I wince A LOT.  

After I had picked Connor up from preschool, we headed to the library.  We took our time, picked out an armload of books, and then dropped the books off at the car.  The rest of this story should have read "and then we went home so that Connor could take a nap."  But it doesn't. (wince)

We get to the next store and there is obviously very little attention span left in my child. He had maxed out his listening skills and it was now time to unleash his inner donkey.  I notice this and, instead of turning around and leaving the store with him, we proceed to the toy section. (wince)  

Using the last of his manners, Connor asks, "May I please ride this toy train?" After telling him "no", I looked down to see him mounting the toy, proclaiming, "Too late. I already am!"  After I physically remove him from the toy, my son takes off down the aisle yelling, "Too bad, sucker!"  (This last one is a phrase he usually saves for the other driver when it's our turn at a 4-way stop.)

More physical removal, this time of my son from the store, and we are finally headed home.  There were several attempts at bargaining coming from the backseat.  He rambles about how he will "sit in my room but not in my bed" and he "won't fall asleep because I am NOT tired."  

Upon our arrival home, Connor has decided that I won't be able to make him take a nap if I can't actually get him into his bed.  Since I have the library books in my arms at this point, I opt for the old "fake-out" tactic. You know, the one where parents say they are going to leave even though they aren't in an effort to get their child to come with them?  Since this is a tactic I rarely use, it actually worked and he followed me about as far as the back porch.

I unlocked the door to the house, relieved my arms of the stack of books, and returned to the porch to give my son The Countdown.  At three, I walk over to pick him up for what has become a record number of physical removals of my son in any given week, and he says, "You should have counted to eighteen.  Eighteen is better!"

We get into the house and Connor is attempting to grab every piece of furniture, every doorway, and every wall that he can get his hands on while yelling, "I AM GOING TO RUIN THIS HOUSE!"  

I finally get him into the bed where he rants about how "I wish I was tougher than you".   After I explain to Connor how his tantrum has used up most of my patience, his rants then give way to some heartfelt apologies.  "I am one hundred sorry," he tells me with complete earnest and he squeezes me tight to illustrate his regret.  I assure him that he is forgiven and tell him that, next time we go out, he needs to mind me. With a voice full of sleepiness, he asks, "Can I show you how I can mind you at a play place tomorrow?"  "Sure," I agree.  (wince)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Repeating... for the First Time

      It's taken me months to get here, but here I am!  My new blog!  The spot where I plan on posting quotes from my kids and parenting anecdotes to show you how gosh-darned hilarious my kids, my husband, and myself are. 

     I thought of the name "Mom: Repeating" for one main reason:  I have wildly entertaining children and I have no shame in repeating what they say on a regular basis.  Once I landed on that name, I starting thinking that there were other ways in which the name was fitting.

     While up to my elbows in parenting, I often say things that are vaguely familiar.  It's like a kind of echo.  And not one of those really cool, Grand Canyon-type echoes.  It's the kind of echo that makes you shudder and give your best Keanu Reeves "Whoa!".  I am an echo of my parents.  The phrases just start falling out of my mouth.  The time of "just wait until you have children" has arrived and, though I cringe admitting this, my parents were right!

     I have found that parenting involves a lot of saying the same thing over and over and over again.  Not only do I have to repeat things on different occasions, I do it in the same breath.  Instead of just saying their name one time to get their attention, I have to say it three, each time increasing in volume.  "Cara. Cara. CARA!" Replace the child's name with "no" or "don't" or "stop" and you've just experienced the soundtrack of my children's life.

     The journey through parenthood is riddled with repetition.  Though we have the benefit of learning from our parents and those around us, each parents' journey is unique because each child is unique.  And, honestly, would we have it any other way?

     I am working on integrating this blog with our current website.  I just added an archive of "Kid Quotes" from both of the kids through the years (found in the Extras section of our main site).  So, please bare with me as I try and figure this blog stuff out.  And, if I repeat myself, you can't say I didn't warn you.