Back—by unpopular demand—my reflections on the week past. I thought maybe I’d stop this weekly post in 2011 because I didn’t get a lot of comments, but I realized I really enjoy writing these. Things have been a bit hectic around our house lately and this is a way for me to laugh at myself and the crazy moments that come with parenthood. I hope you’ll join me…
Lesson #1: When Lenny took our decorative hurricane vase of wine corks into the playroom and started counting and sorting games with Big, I thought it was brilliant. That is until I realized the little guy can’t count much past 100 (though arguably he made improvements this week) and we (amazingly, horrifyingly) had over 300 corks in there. (Oh, and did I mention we stopped throwing them in long, long ago because it was too full?) I can only imagine what the teachers will say when Big tells them he couldn’t believe his parents had so many Menage a Trois in the dining room.
Lesson #2: When you show up at the grocery store with two energetic little boys and a big belly, you get a lot of looks. Some nice, some not-so-nice. When one of those little boys decides to sing “Clap Your Hands” through the store at full volume—you know, the one who’s learning to talk, so it sounds like he’s yelling “Crappy Hams!”—the scales tip in the not-so-nice direction. (Better than the reactions at my parents’ grocery store this week where he cried at the top of his lungs the whole time, but not much.)
Lesson #3: Just because a 2-year old shows interest in potty training, doesn’t mean that 2-year old is ready to be potty trained. A good test: When you’re giving the pep talk and say, “So, when you need to go potty, do you go in your underpants?” The answer should not be a confident, definitive, “YES!” And, if it is, avoid lively dance parties on the living room carpet. Hypothetically, of course, because who would be dumb enough to do that?
Lesson #4: If you can’t find your kid’s little yellow immunization card (you know, the night before kindergarten registration), do not spend 3 hours tearing your house apart to find it. Just call the doctor and ask for a copy. (Who knew?) But, if you do lose your mind and ransack the house, start with the old diaper bag. You won’t find your sanity, but you might just find some cash in those little pockets (like $80!).
Lesson #5: Just because your kid can throw an unbelievable spiral doesn’t mean he’s ready for football. But he’s definitely a couple steps closer when his head has broken one parent’s nose as well as cracked and chipped the other parent’s teeth—and he’s come out of both incidents completely fine (well, physically, at least).
Here’s to a week overflowing with reasons to clap and dance as you uncover great surprises and noteworthy talents!
Photo from Flickr by bibendumwinestest.