According to the calendar — and one very long note to Pearly, the tooth fairy — this was a big week in our house. I may still be recovering from all of the excitement this time next week. (It takes awhile at my age, you see.)
Lesson #1: Adults aren’t the only ones who appreciate fine accommodations. When the kids came to join me on Mother’s Day, you should have seen Big’s eyes light up as he open and closed and open and closed and open and closed and open and closed the electric curtains. And Little? He discovered that all the whos-a-ma-whats-its in the bathtub made super cool soap slides. Pink had her moment of glory, too. She found that there’s no reason for mama to call the doctor when you fall on 2000-thread-count sheets. (We should really take our kids on a vacation sometime…)
Lesson #2: The snap that secures those adorably snuggly footie pajamas has reached its expiration date in our house. The good news is, even when she wakes up far, far, far too early because she’s naked and cold, Pink is one happy little girl.
Lesson #3: When Pink shouts, “Princess show!” and “Princess song!” when Doc McStuffins comes on, I can’t help but think she’s not quite getting the point of a cartoon starring a little girl who’s a doctor.
Lesson #4: The best way to cure chronic nail biting? A good dose of the stomach flu. Little’s poor fingers have been completely unappetizing to him for 5 days straight. Totally worth it if you ask me.
Lesson #5: The kids and I can’t decide if our neighbors who have holiday lights up are late to take them down, or just really, really early for this year’s celebration.
Lesson #6: While I appreciate the schools sending DRA books home to encourage kids to read each night, natural disasters, attempted kidnapping, and best friends being torn apart are not the ideal bedtime story topics for highly emotional 1st graders. (Or their anxiety-ridden moms.)
Lesson #7: A kid who’s been singing, “Happy birthday to me!” for a month may not have a hard time realizing the day has come. But the fact that the day has gone? That’s a tough one for a 2-year old.
Lesson #8: When the box of glue dots says something to the effect of “permanent adhesive”, it’s probably best not to stick 90 of them on your garage doors to help hang party decor. (Ok, not probably. Definitely.)
Lesson #9: I’m surprisingly ready to pack up the baby toys to make room for Pink’s new “big kid” fun.
Lesson #10: Kids should be encouraged to wiggle both front teeth with the same focus and aggression. Having a single one missing looks downright funky.
Look good, stay young, and party on, my friends!